Over the last year, I have been trying to venture outside my comfort zone by testing out new recipes and challenging myself to cook more. I used to be completely content with just throwing random meals together, but I wanted to have a bit more structure to things. And I’ll be honest, I had to try and keep up with Graham’s awesome cooking. Rather than piecing together random bits, I have slowly learned how to put together actual meals. I’m talking big kid, adult kind of stuff. This one was recommended to me a while ago and quickly turned into a favorite of mine. It’s an easy and delicious meal that’s both satisfying and decently healthy. Plus I’m always down for Asian food and this Korean Turkey Quinoa Bowl is amazing. A spin on Korean Beef, this Korean Turkey Quinoa recipe is a healthier version that’s still packed with flavor and a little heat. It’s both quick and simple which are two important qualities of any meal. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
1 lb Ground turkey
3 cloves Garlic
1/4 tsp Ginger, fresh ground
2 Green onions
1/4 cup Soy sauce, low sodium
1 cup Quinoa
1/3 cup Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
1 Salt and pepper
1 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp Vegetable oil
Sriracha to taste
1. Place quinoa in a pot along with 2 cups of water. I also throw in a beef bouillon cube for extra flavor. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.
2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan along with garlic and ginger. Cook for a minute or two, then add the turkey and brown completely. Drain the fat if necessary.
3. While browning the turkey, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
4. Once the turkey is browned and drained, add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until the flavors are set.
5. Remove the turkey from heat and stir in your fully cooked quinoa and mix well.
6. Serve topped with green onions and Sriracha if you want an extra kick.
(Recipe adapted from Smile Sandwich blog)