Carrot, Tomato, and Spinach Quinoa Pilaf with Ground Turkey


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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 1/2 cups


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons chicken-flavored vegetable bouillon

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 cup baby spinach

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey, or more to taste (Optional)

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

422 Calories
17g Fat
41g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 422
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 814mg 17%

* 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.