Fresh Baked Friday: Turkey Veggie Quinoa

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!

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Turkey Veggie Quinoa

Serves 6

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

  1. 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.
  2. Boil frozen corn and edamame for 3 to 4 minutes, just until warm. Drain water and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. In the same frying pan, brown ground turkey until fully cooked. Drain excess fat. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Add cooked red peppers, green onions and garlic to cooked turkey. Add edamame and corn. Stir together over low heat.
  6. 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!

Kylie K.