Monday, November 16, 2009

Turkey and Quinoa Florentine Bake

This is the first time I've used Quinoa. I wasn't able to find a family friendly recipe online anywhere, so I came up with one. We all liked it, and I look forward to other experiments with this "mother of all grains". It's a complete protein source and is rich in fiber. It's a good alternative to rice, white or brown.

Turkey and Quinoa Florentine Bake

1 Lb ground turkey
chopped onion
Greek seasoning mix, optional

1 C. Quinoa, uncooked
2 C. Chicken Broth
1 C. Alfredo sauce
(see tip for homemade, my preference, or use pre-made)
1 C. frozen chopped spinach (but also great with broccoli about 1 1/2 C)

In a large nonstick frying pan cook turkey with onion, seasoned with salt and seasoning until done. In a large bowl combine turkey with the rest of the ingredients. Pour into greased casserole dish (glass cake pan) and bake at 350 covered with foil for 35 minutes. Uncover and stir, bake uncovered an additional 15-20 minutes or until done (liquid is incorporated.)

*** to make Alfredo sauce: Over medium heat melt 2 TB butter in a saucepan, add 2 TB flour and cook for a minute. While whisking, slowly add 1/2 C. cream and 1/2 C. milk. Season with salt and pepper, and add 1 C. shredded Parmesan cheese until melted.


Maren said...

Yum! I am going to try this out, maybe tonight! We've been using quinoa a lot in place of rice or pasta. We especially like using it with mexican food (just cook it with lots of chili powder, garlic salt, lime juice, etc.)

The Hansens said...

I'll have to try this too! We love quinoa and it is so good for you.