Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

couple of issues some people are having: When making the recipe I used ground turkey which was a mixture of white and dark meat. This not only helped add flavor but it also added moisture that helped it to not become crumbly. Adding an extra egg is also a great way to bind it even more and hey! Extra protein! Secondly, this meatloaf is meant to be free-formed on a flat pan. Ground turkey and ground beef cook two different ways. Beef tends to give off a considerable amount of fat and a little juice making it ok (although not at all healthy) to cook it in a loaf pan soaking in its oils.... turkey and chicken on the other hand give off a lot of moisture and very little fat, so basically when you cook it in a loaf pan it is steaming and soaking in turkey water, making for a mushy fall-aparty (yes i made that word up) loaf. I hope this helps some of the future folk who make this recipe. ~drew
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Ingredients

  • Original recipe makes 5 servings .

  • 1/4

    cup quinoa

  • 1/2

    cup water

  • 1

    teaspoon olive oil

  • 1

    small onion, chopped

  • 1

    large clove garlic, chopped

  • 1

    (20 ounce) package ground turkey

  • 1

    tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1

    tablespoon hot pepper sauce

  • 2

    tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1

    egg

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons salt

  • 1

    teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2

    tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2

    teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon water

Directions

1.Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool. 2.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 3.Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute; remove from heat to cool. 4.Stir the turkey, cooked quinoa, onions, tomato paste, hot sauce, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. The mixture will be very moist. Shape into a loaf on a foil lined baking sheet. Combine the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Rub the paste over the top of the meatloaf. 5.Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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