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.
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
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.
Carbohydrates: 35 g
Total fat: 12 g
Dietary fiber: 6 g
Sodium: 511 mg
Source: Diabetic Cooking 2011