Quinoa is a versatile seed that you can use to replace grains in a lot of recipes. It has a rich, nutty flavor and is high in protein and fiber. For this quinoa recipe, I experimented with citrus flavors (orange). It turned out pretty good.
Since orange was the theme, I used some carrots to add some color (and beta carotene). And, I threw in a Daikon radish, which was a nice addition to this quinoa recipe.
I served this dish with a simple salad with an oil and vinegar dressing. It was a filling meal, and was it the 500-600 calorie range … not too shabby.
Here’s my orange quinoa recipe …
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Ingredients: Orange Quinoa Recipe
- 1/2 lb. ground turkey
- 1/4 cup dry quinoa
- 1 Daikon radish
- 3 small carrots
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or 1 clove minced)
- 1 orange
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 T olive oil
- Cooking spray
Heat a non-stick pan to medium-high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray and cook turkey for approximately 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside. Meanwhile, peel and chop radish and carrots, combine with oil oil and black pepper, and roast at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.
Add 2 cups of water to a pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat, add quinoa, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Drain the quinoa, pour back into pan, and add ground turkey, broth, juice and zest from the orange, salt, garlic, and red pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes until your reduce the sauce to your liking.
389 calories, 16 g fat, 35 g carbs, 5.5 g fiber, 30 g protein, 554 mg sodium