Why have I waited this long to try quinoa? After creating this recipe a few nights ago, I want quinoa with every meal all the time.
Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is a grain-like crop grown for it's edible seeds. Although it is often prepared similar to rice or pasta, it is not a wheat product. Instead, it is closely related to spinach, beets and tumbleweeds. Quinoa seeds are rich in protein, iron, phosphorous, and calcium and are completely gluten free. Quinoa seeds have a bitter coating of saponins that need to be removed before consuming. Most quinoa sold in the U.S. is pre-washed to remove this coating, but extra rinsing in a mesh strainer is recommended.
Quinoa can be a little pricey compared to rice, but most grocery stores offer it in bulk option, so you can buy what you need and pay by the pound.
After searching Foodgawker for a quick and easy quinoa dish, I opted to create my own using ideas from a variety of different recipes. The result was a flavorful, satisfying and healthy meal that will now be a staple in my house. Try it out this weekend!
Turkey Veggie Quinoa
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1 red pepper, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
3/4 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 cup frozen corn
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil for pan
- In a medium sauce pan, combine quinoa and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Continue to next steps while quinoa cooks.
- Boil frozen corn and edamame for 3 to 4 minutes, just until warm. Drain water and set aside.
- In a frying pan, combine chopped red pepper, chopped green onions, and minced garlic with a drizzle of olive oil. Sauté veggies until slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Place cooked veggies in a bowl and set aside.
- In the same frying pan, brown ground turkey until fully cooked. Drain excess fat. Reduce heat to low.
- Add cooked red peppers, green onions and garlic to cooked turkey. Add edamame and corn. Stir together over low heat.
- When quinoa is fluffy and fully cooked, add to frying pan with the other ingredients. Stir in lemon and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I love trying new foods, and it's even better when they turn out to be delicious like this quinoa. I can't wait to try out more quinoa recipes in the next few weeks, including some desserts!
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!