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Quinoa Turkey Loaf

Updated on March 30, 2016


  • 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


  1. Bring the quinoa and water or broth to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed . Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 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 spinach or kale, cook for another minute; remove from heat to cool.
  3. Combine the turkey, cooked quinoa, garlic, spinach or kale & bell peppers, onions, tomato paste, hot sauce, Worcestershire, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. It will be quite moist which is good!
  4. Shape into a loaf on a baking sheet or loaf pan. Bake about 50 minutes or all the pink is gone (160 degrees). Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, slice and serve! *you can also add shredded cheese to the it back in the oven on broil for about 5 min!


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    • ADeliciousLife profile image

      Megan 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devlin for pointing out the mistakes. I have fixed the one on the instructions. I'm still trying to edit the ingredients but having trouble. It's simple- you may substitute kale for spinach if you prefer :-)

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      Devlin Price 5 years ago

      2 problems with this one:

      1. Spinach is in the list of ingredients; in the assembly directions, it seems that there is another option: kale.

      2. Chopped red or yellow peppers are listed in the ingredients list; nowhere in the assembly directions are we told what to do with them.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Love this recipe! I am printing it off and I will be giving this a try!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I love quinoa! What a great idea to put it in a meatloaf!

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      Megan 5 years ago from Texas

      I buy it at my local grocery store in the bulk section, or they also have it in a regular aisle. If you can't find it there, then any health food store should have it. If you still can't find it, you can buy it online! :)

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      dpsimswm 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      This sounds delicious. Where can I buy quinoa?