Quinoa and Ground Turkey

Healthy one-pot quinoa with turkey and veggies

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In less than 30-minutes lunch or light dinner comes together in this flavor packed one-pot quinoa and ground turkey. This dish sports simple but impactful personality that pushes the standard bland taste of quinoa to the curb. The character of this one-pot delight results in weekly repetition on the dinner menu. What’s more, an abundance of nutrition saturates each serving.

What is Quinoa and how to cook it!

Quinoa is an annual flowering plant grown for its edible seeds. These edible seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins and dietary minerals. Because of the nutrition denseness, when added to healthy lean poultry, like this quinoa and ground turkey recipe, the nutrition value is even more impressive. One serving of this specific one-pot dish yields approximately 45g protein, 7g fiber, along with an abundance of vitamins A and C.

Quinoa is not only a super grain, but it’s super easy to cook. The ratio of grains to liquid is similar to the ratio used when cooking rice. However, when compared to healthy brown rice, quinoa cooks within a shorter timeframe. For example, basmati brown rice cooks in approximately thirty to thirty five minutes and quinoa cooks in fifteen minutes. Moreover, quinoa sports a more impressive nutrition profile than brown rice. While quinoa works in this quinoa with ground turkey recipe, the basmati brown rice also works perfectly. The main difference is the cook time.

Furthermore, this quinoa and ground turkey recipe takes on a nutty flavor. Toasting the quinoa in extra virgin olive oil for a couple of minutes results in a nuttier taste. Adding this step results in the quinoa being less bland. Hence, once the ground turkey and veggies are added the flavor profile is ridiculously mouthwatering. Enjoy and happy cooking!

You may also love these other variations of quinoa recipes:

Besides this quinoa and ground turkey recipe, try our quinoa salad with grilled vegetables and prawns with lemon Prosecco dressing. The vegetables in the recipe may also be roasted in the oven. Or try our even more nutritious quinoa with roasted portobello, ground turkey and veggies.


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Quinoa and Ground Turkey
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Quinoa and Ground Turkey

A healthy one-pot quinoa with ground turkey and veggies. Makes a great lunch or light dinner and it all comes together, prep and cooked in less than 30-minutes.

Course Al La Carte, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Healthy, Mediterranean
Keyword 30-Minute Recipe, Best Quinoa Recipe, easy quinoa recipes, How to cook quinoa, one pot quinoa turkey and veggies, one pot recipes, Quinoa with Ground Turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 457 kcal
Author Julietkitchen By Chef Yasmin


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 pound ground turkey white or dark meat
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped


  1. In a 3 or 4 quart pot, heat olive oil using medium flame.

  2. Sauté onions and peppers. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.Mix. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until it's fragrant and begins to soften.

  3. Add garlic and ground coriander. Stir. Cook 30 to 60 seconds.

  4. Add ground turkey. Use the back of a spoon or a potato masher, to break up the ground turkey. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Mix. Cook 6 to 8 minutes until the turkey is no longer pink and the liquid has evaporated.

  5. Add in the chopped tomatoes. Mix. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the tomatoes starts to break down.

  6. Add in the water or stock. Stir and bring to a boil.

  7. Add the quinoa. Stir. Taste and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir. Cover with a tight lid. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 to 17 minutes until all liquid has evaporated.

  8. Remove cover. Add in the chopped cilantro. Give it a quick mix. Cover with the tight lid. Let rest 10 minutes. The quinoa will become nice and fluffy.

  9. Fluff and enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts
Quinoa and Ground Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 1250mg54%
Potassium 1093mg31%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 1991IU40%
Vitamin C 64mg78%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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