Quinoa with Ground Turkey


This was a dish I threw together last minute that was a success! My husband and kids loved it and will be a dish we have often. The cheese really complements the dish and should not be left out.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt to taste

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

  • ½ cup grated Mizithra cheese


  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and red bell pepper in the hot oil until tender and starting to brown, about 10 minutes; season with salt.

  3. Generously season ground turkey with salt and pepper; add to onion mixture and increase temperature to medium-high. Cook and stir turkey mixture until almost browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain excess grease and reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic, sage, and rosemary to turkey mixture; cook and stir until fragrant and turkey is browned, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  4. Mix quinoa into turkey mixture and cook until quinoa is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add Mizithra cheese to quinoa and turkey and remove skillet from heat; season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

I don't usually put exact salt and pepper measurements because everyone's preferences are different. However, if you do not add enough salt and pepper to the ground turkey, this dish will be bland. So make sure it is done generously and not a light dusting. The cheese will also add a little saltiness to the dish at the end.

Substitute 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and 1/4 Romano cheese for the Mizithra cheese if desired.

Sea salt can replace the Himalayan salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
15g Fat
33g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 27mg 134%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 412mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.