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Quinoa Turkey Loaf

Updated on March 30, 2016

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water or low sodium veggie or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 (20 ounce) package ground turkey (low fat)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg or two egg whites
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute; remove from heat to cool.
  4. Stir the turkey, cooked quinoa, onions, tomato paste, hot sauce, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, egg, spinach, bell pepper, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. The mixture will be very moist. Shape into a loaf on a foil lined baking sheet or meatloaf pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

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