I took some leftover quinoa pilaf and added black beans and ground turkey. It made an excellent one-dish meal that hits the table in a hurry. I found it was a good way to use up the leftovers from another dinner. We have the pilaf as a side dish for the two of us, and it is always too much. Adding ground turkey and black beans makes another unique meal that is quick to prepare. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
5
Yield:
2 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion in hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir quinoa with the onion, and cook, stirring constantly, until the quinoa is lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.

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  • Pour water into the saucepan; add bouillon granules, black pepper, and thyme. Bring the liquid to a boil, place a cover on the saucepan, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until the quinoa softens, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir carrot into the quinoa mixture, replace cover, and continue to cook at a simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 10 minutes more.

  • Remove saucepan from heat. Stir tomato and baby spinach into the quinoa mixture until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir turkey in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir black beans with the turkey; cook and stir until the beans are hot, 2 to 3 minutes; add the quinoa mixture, stir, and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

I add about 2 ounces water when using leftover pilaf and mixing with the turkey and beans; it turns out perfect!

Nutrition Facts

422 calories; protein 28.6g; carbohydrates 40.8g; fat 16.6g; cholesterol 66.9mg; sodium 396mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2015
This was a tasty recipe. I used a tri color quinoa and doubled the carrot and spinach... think it could have used more. I added a little spice to mine with Sriracha. Worked great by itself and as a burrito filling Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2020
Just ok - to me it was more of a side dish.....an ok weeknight meal. Read More
56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2015
This was a tasty recipe. I used a tri color quinoa and doubled the carrot and spinach... think it could have used more. I added a little spice to mine with Sriracha. Worked great by itself and as a burrito filling Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2016
Delicious and easy to make. I sautéed garlic in with the onion, doubled the veggies and added chopped cilantro. I also cooked in a splash of Chalula. We will make again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2016
Altered this recipe a bit to fit what we had at the house. Browned about a pound and a half of ground turkey, and set aside. I then sautéed an onion in some coconut oil, added an entire box of herb & garlic Near East quinoa & pilaf, the amount of water the box called for, the seasoning mix included with the quinoa/pilaf mixture, pepper, and cooked according to the directions in this recipe. I then added two tomatoes cut into chunks and a thawed box of frozen spinach. After cooking for a few minutes, I added the ground turkey and a can of seasoned black beans that I did not drain or rinse. After all the liquid was absorbed, dinner was served. My husband, daughter, and unborn child all absolutely loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2015
I used freekeh instead of quinoa. Also, I used chickpeas instead of black beans. The recipe is very delicious. I was looking for a recipe that incorporated a grain like quinoa and ground meat, such as turkey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2016
This dish was delicious! My whole family loved it. I didn't have a tomato so substituted with a can of diced tomatoes. I was confused about the addition of the bouillon so just used 1 cube of a chicken bouillon and it was perfect. Added a little mozzie for my kids, who ate 2 & 3 servings each...with no complaints! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2017
Very yummy! I also added more spinach and also put in mushrooms and a can of diced tomatoes. It needed more salt in my opinion and we also added some Tapaito sauce to spice it up. Definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2020
We thought this recipe was wayyyy too peppery. It may have been because we used onion powder instead of real onions, who knows. But we may try it again and just add pepper to taste! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2020
A family favorite now. I use Turkey Bone Broth or just Turkey Broth vs water & bouillon. I use a drained can of original Rotel vs tomato. Sometimes I substitute 1/2 bag-1 full bag fzn spinach. I grate my carrot finely and let it cook in with the quinoa to make it softer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2019
good combination of ingredients..this took 30 mins to make though. not 60. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2020
Just ok - to me it was more of a side dish.....an ok weeknight meal. Read More
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