Crispy on the outside, firm but soft in the middle, these would hold up quite well even on the barbecue!


  • 200 g uncooked weight wholegrain couscous/quinoa
  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled and diced in to bitesize pieces
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 tblsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 small red onions finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp sea salt
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tin of butter beans drained and well rinse
  • 6 sundried tomatoes – cover with boiling water for 15 minutes (from a bag not packed in oil)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • handful of fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 7 sprigs of thyme – leaves only!


  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  • Place butternut squash on a roasting tray, drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss to coat. Roast for 25- 30 minutes until soft and starting to brown.
  • Meanwhile cover couscous with water (according to packet instructions) and set to one side/cook the quinoa (1 part grain to 1.5 part water, bring to boil & simmer off remaining water.
  • Place onion and garlic on another baking tray, cover with 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp of balsamic and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Set ? of the cooked couscous to one side.
  • Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl, along with butternut squash and cooked red onion.
  • Blend with a hand blender until well combined; it’s ok if some lumps remain.
  • Stir through reserved couscous. Form 4- 6 patties and place on a non stick baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes – turning once after about 15 minutes.

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