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Quinoa Turkey Pilaf

December 17, 2018

If you're looking for a new dish to serve when your friends visit for dinner or you want to try something new when meal prepping your lunches, try this delicious and healthy quinoa turkey pilaf. 

Ingredients: 

 

2 cups water

½ cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained in a fine mesh sieve

1Tbsp. canola or olive oil

1 ½ cups chopped sweet onion

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 cup diced red apple

6 ounces cooked oven roasted turkey breast, chopped

2 ounces pecan pieces, toasted

1/3 cup dried apricot halves, chopped

¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)

1 ½ tsp. grated ginger

1 ½ tsp sugar

½ tsp salt

Preparation: 

1. Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Stir in quinoa, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Drain excess liquid through a fine mesh sieve. 

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skilled over medium-high heat. Cook onions for 5 minutes or until they turn a rich brown. Stir in bell pepper and apple. 

3. Cook for 4 minutes or until apple is just crisp-tender. Add turkey and cook 1 minute. 

4. Remove from heat, and stir in quinoa and remaining ingredients. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes to absorb flavors. 

Nutrition facts: Per Serving (1 cup)

Recipe makes four servings. 

Calories: 309

Carbohydrates: 35 g

Total fat: 12 g

Dietary fiber: 6 g

Sodium: 511 mg

Source: Diabetic Cooking 2011