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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

330 calories; protein 24.6g 49% DV; carbohydrates 32.6g 11% DV; fat 15.1g 23% DV; cholesterol 76.9mg 26% DV; sodium 303mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2015
Very good. This was my first time using quinoa although I had heard it was good for you. This seemed easy enough to make for a 66 year old man and fledgling chef. Glad I did. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2019
I used sage and thyme...and added spinach. It seems a little strange because it looks like it will have an italian flavor but it tastes like Thanksgiving. I think I will add some pommegranate seeds for a little burst of tart fruit or alternatly I suggest serving with a little fresh made cranberry...Next time I will give it a more Italian flair with tomatoes, basil and oregano etc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2015
Very good. This was my first time using quinoa although I had heard it was good for you. This seemed easy enough to make for a 66 year old man and fledgling chef. Glad I did. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2015
It would have been better if i had shredded the cheese. I'll have to do it again. The recipe has potential Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2018
I did not add cheese, but I did add crushed walnuts when I stirred the quinoa in and it added an occasional soft crunch. It took this dish to another level Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2014
The flavors in the dish were nice.. I did use dried herbs. The only issue I had was the dish was dry. I was able to fix this with tablespoon or 2 of some red pepper sauce I had. I think red pepper pesto would also work. It didn't need much.. just a touch of moisture Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2019
I used sage and thyme...and added spinach. It seems a little strange because it looks like it will have an italian flavor but it tastes like Thanksgiving. I think I will add some pommegranate seeds for a little burst of tart fruit or alternatly I suggest serving with a little fresh made cranberry...Next time I will give it a more Italian flair with tomatoes, basil and oregano etc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2018
This is delicious! I used dried herbs and added asparagus. I also only had 1/2 cup of quinoa, which was actually plenty for me. I also used a 3 cheese combo (parmesan, romano, asiago). And I added red pepper flakes. Very delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2019
I made this dish and I absolutely love it! To mine I added red kidney beans and corn minus the cheese. Amazing I'll definitely be making this again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2019
My wife and I were looking for another recipe for ground turkey, this was remarkable. I kept waiting for a mouthful without turkey burger, it didn’t happen. Also only takes 20-25 minutes! Thank you we loved it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2016
this was absolutely delicious! I did substitute a parm/romano blend for the cheese but otherwise followed the recipe. I can imagine the texture being an issue for some but that sort of thing doesn't bother me too much. Read More
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