Thanksgiving Menu Entree: Thanksgiving Quinoa

Since Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals of the year, I wanted to combine all the holiday flavors into a quick dish. What’s my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Well of course the turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. This is why I created this one pot recipe.

This recipe is versatile, it could be a side or entrée. Heck it can even be used as the stuffing (especially if you are gluten-free). The best part? It was quick to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 quart (32 fl oz) of low sodium Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1 small package of button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ red pepper ½ yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 quart of low sodium Vegetable broth
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Sea Salt (to your liking, remember there is salt in the stock)
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute
  • 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp McCormick’s Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper

First you need to brown the ground turkey. When done place in a bowl.

Turkey Stuffing 3

Then in the same pot, warm up about two turns of EVOO and add all the veggies. Cook on medium-high heat until the onions are translucent.

Turkey Stuffing 4

Now it’s time to add back the ground turkey. Then add the quinoa, spices, and vegetable stock and mix. Once it starts bubbling set the heat down to low-medium and cover for about 20-25 minutes, the stock will dry out. You will know it’s ready when the quinoa sprouts.

Once it’s ready, to give it that final thanksgiving touch, add the ½ cup of dried cranberries and stir. (I couldn’t find my dried cranberries, so it’s not in the illustration, sorry guys!).

Turkey Stuffing 7

It’s so yummy, I promise, it will remind you of thanksgiving. Gobble, Gobble, Enjoy!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Liz says:

    Such a yummy option for us gluten free folks!

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