Lean ground turkey, tri-color quinoa, veggies and a spicy Asian sauce. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner or meal prep.
Ingredient Notes and Health Benefits:
Ground Turkey: One of my favorite lean proteins to cook with. You could also use ground beef in this recipe if you would prefer.
Quinoa: A complete vegetarian protein that’s also high in fiber, several minerals and antioxidants. I love the tricolor quinoa from Trader Joe’s.
Red Bell Peppers: High in vitamin C, B6 and folate. They also add great color to this bowl and are so sweet and yummy!
Cilantro Lime Hoisin Sauce: A popular sauce in asian cuisine, hoisin sauce is a thick dark sauce with a sweet and salty flavor. It can be found in the asian food aisle of regular grocery stores. In this recipe I used the Cilantro Lime flavor and it was delicious! Any Hoisin sauce will work just fine.
Mirin: Also found in the asian food aisle of your regular grocery store, Mirin is a sweet cooking wine.
Coconut Aminos: A great substitute for soy sauce. It is also gluten free!
Ground Flaxseed: This helps to thicken the sauce. Rather than use cornstarch (which is commonly used to thicken sauces, glazes, etc) I much prefer flaxseed. It is high in omega 3’s, fiber and lignans, which may help prevent cancer.
How to Make Asian Ground Turkey and Quinoa Bowl
This recipe is very simple to follow and doesn’t take long to cook.. two wins! First, cook quinoa according to package directions. Next, finely chop white onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Add a tbsp of olive oil to a medium-hot skillet, and then add onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often to prevent the onion from burning. Next, add the ground turkey, breaking it up as it cooks. While the turkey cooks, combine sauce ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk together. After about 5 minutes, add the red bell peppers and garlic. Stir to combine the ingredients. Cook another minute. Pour sauce into skillet and stir to coat. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Chop the green onion. Turn heat off, add 3/4 of the green onion to the skillet and stir. Place Quinoa in a bowl, top with ingredients from skillet and garnish with leftover green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.
2 lbs organic ground turkey Sauce:
1 cup uncooked tricolor quinoa
2 red bell peppers, finely chopped
1 white onion, finely chopped
3 green onion stalks, chopped
2 tbsp cilantro
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup coconut aminos
4 tbsp cilantro lime hoisin sauce
2 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 lbs organic ground turkey