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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Turkey and Quinoa Casserole


I found this recipe on Pinterest a couple weeks back and have been dying to try it ever since. I feel like every time I find a casserole recipe it either has condensed soup, rice, or pasta in it. So when I looked at the ingredient list and found none of those things there I knew it was a winner. It was super filling and totally satisfying. It made eight large portions that I have already packaged up for lunch this week!

  Ingredients 
  • 2 Cups Dry Quinoa
  • 2 Lbs Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 4 Medium Garlic Cloves, Crushed
  • 4-5 Large Handfuls of Spinach
  • 2 Cups Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Cups Light Shredded Cheese of your choice
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 Tsp Dried Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Recipe
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook quinoa according to package directions and undercook slightly
  • Sautee ground turkey in a medium skillet for 5 minutes breaking into pieces. (Drain)
  • Add cooked quinoa and turkey to a large bowl
  • Cook onions and garlic in the same pan as the ground turkey until brown
  • Add Spinach to onions and garlic until wilted
  • Transfer spinach, onion and garlic to the turkey and quinoa
  • In the same bowl add tomato sauce, bread crumbs, 2 cups of cheese, thyme, basil, salt and pepper. Mix to combine
  • Transfer mixture to baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese
  • Bake for 25 minutes
*I used half the amount of cheese and bread crumbs. I mixed about a cup of cheese into the casserole and then sprinkled a half a cup on top. I did not mix bread crumbs into the casserole, I sprinkled about a half a cup to the top. I also topped with salsa and it was delish!
Makes 8 servings

Nutrition Info: 440 Calories, 8 grams of Fat, 35 Carbs, 5 grams of Fiber, 30 grams of Protein
Weight Watchers: 8 Points Plus

           


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