Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

by Kelli H. on September 21, 2011

It’s no secret, meatloaf is one of the worse things you can photograph but it is not one of the worse things to eat. It is actually super tasty! I was intrigued by this recipe because I’d never heard of putting quinoa in meatloaf before. I actually really liked it and think I’ll add it to other recipes in the future.

To make your 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa for this recipe rinse quinoa in a strainer thoroughly. In a medium sized pot add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa and lower heat. Place lid on pot and let simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, fluff your quinoa and you’re ready to go! Any left overs make a great snack for the next day. 

Every time I have meatloaf I always think, “MMAAA, WHERE’S THE MEATLOAF?!”
Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf
Adapted from The Sweets Life
2 tbsp  olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp ketchup
1 large egg


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a loaf pan with non stick spray.
2. In a medium skillet add olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onion and jalapeno for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add in cumin.
3. In a large bowl mix, onion and jalapeno, cooked quinoa, turkey, basil, tomato paste, ketchup, egg, and S&P. Transfer to loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

I made this cantaloup smoothie when I got home. 2 cups cantaloup with 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt and YUCK! I think I’m starting to really dislike cantaloup. I used to love it! It was one of my favorite fruits and now…well, now I can barely stand to eat it. : (

Today in our CSA we got celery! It was SO big. I should have taken a picture but instead I took a picture of this lovely. I’m not a huge fan of raisins and we only had craisins on hand so I made ladybugs on a log. I don’t know if this is in existence yet. I’m sure it is but I thought it was awesome! Super tasty and I’ve never tasted celery like this before. It’s so vibrant tasting and not all watery — very good stuff!

Ryder always sits on this rug in the kitchen while I cook and prep. He’s probably just waiting for me to drop something but he usually ends up just falling asleep — so cute!

Have you ever experienced not liking something you used to once love?
You know that saying grownups say when you’re a kid?
“You’ll like it when you grow up…”
Well, sometimes I guess the opposite can happen!
i.e. cantaloup

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my little celebration September 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Ummmm, I don’t think so?? Maybe I don’t like certain candies as much as I used to…like rolos. I think I ate so many one time I threw up so I haven’t touched them since! lol


Made in Sonoma September 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

@my little celebration
I’ve definitely done that too with sweets.


Maren September 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Meat loaf scares me. But I actually think yours looks pretty good. I like the quinoa idea. I wish your glass literally said yuck on it! I would totally buy that cup.


Made in Sonoma September 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

That would be pretty funny!


David September 22, 2011 at 5:06 am

What a good little Sous Chef puppy boy! 🙂


Kathryn @ Flopoodle September 22, 2011 at 5:16 am

Great idea putting quinoa in meatloaf!


Estela @ Weekly Bite September 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I’ve been wanting to make something with quinoa for a while now. Meatloaf sounds like a great idea 🙂


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