Turkey Quinoa Bake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 5 large handfuls chopped spinach
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Put in a large mixing bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil. Set aside. Preheat a large skillet on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add turkey and sauté for 5 minutes breaking into pieces with the spatula.
  • Drain the excess liquid and add to the bowl with quinoa. Return skillet to the heat and coat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and onions, and fry until golden brown. Add spinach and sauté until wilted. Transfer to a bowl with quinoa and turkey.
  • Into the same bowl, add tomato sauce, bread crumbs, 1 cup cheese, thyme, basil, and salt and ground pepper to taste. Mix enough to combine.
  • Transfer the mixture in the baking dish, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Stir-fried zucchini and yellow squash.
VEGETARIAN: Use TVP crumbles instead of ground turkey.
GLUTEN FREE: Make sure tomato sauce and bread crumbs are gluten-free.
NUTRITION: 606 Calories; 24g Fat (34.6% calories from fat); 50g Protein; 52g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 131mg Cholesterol; 936mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 Grain (Starch); 5 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Fat.
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