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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. 



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. 

Calories: 309

Carbohydrates: 35 g

Total fat: 12 g

Dietary fiber: 6 g

Sodium: 511 mg

Source: Diabetic Cooking 2011