Virtual Vegan Potluck: Potato, Kale & Quinoa Patties with Chickpea Tomato Sauce

When I signed up to participate in the Virtual Vegan Potluck weeks ago, I knew without a doubt what I was going to post about.  Then I made it.  And then I tasted it.  And it was an epic fail.  I was back to square one and to be perfectly honest, it has been quite the struggle to decide what creation would be the perfect addition to the VVP this year.


Typically, the meals I make are born out of my inability to follow a recipe exactly (do people really do that?).  I try hard to stick with it but I end up replacing and/or omitting ingredients, adding more of this or that, cooking it longer to get it crispier, etc.  In honor of the VVP, I decided it would be best to make up a recipe that was 100% Whole Food Runner, with no influences what-so-ever.


I basically took all of my favorite foods and brought them altogether in delicious synergy.  Fortunately, (and hopefully you’ll agree if you decide to try it), it was a success!  Not only was this a tasty endeavor, it was a nutritional powerhouse.


Everyone knows that kale is the hot, new health food (and if you don’t, have you been living under a rock?), chickpeas pack a punch of protein and our nutty friend quinoa is one of the healthiest grains out there.  But sadly, potatoes get a bad rap.  Perhaps that’s because most people eat them in the form of greasy French fries or loaded baked potatoes.


There are actually a great deal of health benefits associated with potatoes.   A recent study suggests that they may lower high blood pressure and they also contain several nutrients including vitamin C, dietary fiber, and more potassium than a banana (important for us runners!).


So before you go knocking my friend the potato, give this dish a try.  It was another meal that my meat-eating husband approved (and it’s extra special since he not only approved me to make it again, he approved me to post it for the VVP).


Be sure to check out all of the other Virtual Vegan Potluck recipes and a special thanks to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan for making this happen!


Potato, Kale & Quinoa Patties with Chickpea Tomato Sauce {Vegan} {Gluten-Free}

Patty Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 4  medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • 1 large bunch of Kale, de-stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • ½  small Yellow Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 TBSP Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TBSP fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Flour (I used GF Garbanzo Bean Flour)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 5-6 Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 15oz cans of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 TBSP fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


In a saucepan, bring water and quinoa to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, to the mashed potatoes add the kale, diced onion, nutritional yeast, spices, lemon juice, flour, salt & pepper.  Mash until all the ingredients are incorporated.  Stir the quinoa into the mixture and form into about 12 patties.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large flat-bottomed skillet.  Pan-sear the patties until they start to brown, about 4 minutes.  Flip them over and cook the other side an additional 4 minutes or until browned.

For the sauce, heat oil in a large skillet.  Add the tomatoes and cook over low heat until they start to break down and form a sauce (about 10-15 minutes).  Add the chickpeas and heat through.  Add water if the sauce starts to get too thick.  Serve patties immediately over a bowl or plate of the sauce.

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35 thoughts on “Virtual Vegan Potluck: Potato, Kale & Quinoa Patties with Chickpea Tomato Sauce

  1. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) says:

    This looks delicious! I’m pretty sure I could enjoy this meal for at least a week’s worth of dinners in a row and not even get sick of it. 🙂 (And the chickpea tomato sauce on the bottom almost seems like Chana Masala—if you added some of the spices that went into your patties into the chickpea tomato sauce, too, then it practically would be!) Yummm.

  2. alline85 says:

    These look delicious, Megan! I love potatoes in everything! Also – it’s awesome to meet another vegan runner through the VVP!

  3. gigiveganville says:

    Yay (pumps fist) for a nutritional powerhouse and great meal for a sister runner!! Not gonna hear me knockin potatoes.

  4. Laura says:

    Sometimes my “creative” additions to recipes work – but often they do not! I’ve had to learn that I have to do it correctly at least once before doing new things, but I don’t always stick to it!

    These look amazing! Great for post-run re-fueling!

  5. alline85 says:

    Hey girl, I just wanted to let you know that I included your lovely recipe in the list of my favorites from this VVP! The post is here, if you want to see it:

    Thank you for your recipe!
    -Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

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