Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

I love quinoa.  Have I said that before?  I am sure that I have but I will say it again.  I.  Love.  Quinoa.   My son loves meatloaf as much as I love quinoa. I have always made our meatloaf with turkey instead of beef and was excited to replace the bread crumbs with quinoa.   I was super excited to serve turkey and quinoa meatloaf to my husband and son.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

If you are new to quinoa you can read my Quinoa 101 post to see why you should start eating it today!

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

I was a tad anxious the first time I served turkey and quinoa meatloaf.   I was thrilled that this dish was a huge success.  My husband and kids loved it!   My husband says that using the quinoa instead of bread crumbs tastes better and doesn’t leave him feeling so “full” after dinner.

I use quinoa instead of breadcrumbs because it is healthier, in my opinion, and one of my children needs to eat a gluten-free diet.  Quinoa is high protein quality and is typically regarded as a source of all essential amino acids, or a complete protein.  Using quinoa in place of breadcrumbs creates a more moist dish.  This also causes me to feel less full and bloated after a meal, I am satisfied but not miserable.

Ingredients for Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

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1/4 cup quinoa,  1/2 cup water  1 teaspoon olive oil,  1 chopped onion, 3 coves chopped garlic,  1 (20 ounce) package ground turkey,  1 tablespoon ketchup (you will need additional to cover the loaf),  2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 egg or egg substitute, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper

I use homemade ketchup, you can view that recipe here.

How to Make Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring quinoa and water to boil in saucepan.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Stir in onion and garlic (I chop mine in the food processor so it is diced very small and undetectable by the kiddos) and stir until onion is soft about 5 minutes.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Stir Turkey, ketchup, Worcestershire, egg, quinoa, onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

 

Shape into a loaf in a baking dish and cover with ketchup to your preference…tons of ketchup for my boys!

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

My girls are not a fan of ketchup so I make them their own heart loaves with no ketchup on top using silicone heart molds.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes, however, I cook the hearts for about 30.  Let cool 10 minutes and serve.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

 

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

 

You can also use muffin tins to make your meatloaf.  Ketchup on some on some without!  This works wonderfully and the kids really liked the novelty of it.  It drastically reduced the cooking time to 25 minutes!  If you have kids you should really try this!

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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf
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Serves: 8
 
This is an alternative to traditional meatloaf that everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 coves chopped garlic
  • 1 (20 ounce) package ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup (you will need additional to cover the loaf)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg or egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring quinoa and water to boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic (I chop mine in the food processor so it is diced very small and undetectable by the kiddos) and stir until onion is soft about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir Turkey, ketchup, Worcestershire, egg, quinoa, onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  5. Shape into a loaf in a baking dish and cover with ketchup to your preference.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes

 

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2 thoughts on “Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

  1. Sunshine says:

    I’ve never tried quinoa but I like cooking with turkey. I noticed the quinoa is kind of expensive. How do you afford all this stuff!! I guess by recycling other things you save enough to buy the natural/organic products. My goal for this week is to buy some quinoa now.

  2. Angela says:

    I found it for half the price that the grocery store offers at a health food store. I get 3 cups for about $3.00 and it is organic. You can buy it online also! It really is good and it is great for you!!

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