Turkey Meatloaf Quinoa with Cumin Glaze

JM Avallone


I could not put a prep time on this as it depends if you slice and dice and roast the garlic and onions the day before. I also sometimes add a cup of cheese and spinach


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45 Min


  • 20 oz
    ground turkey
  • 2 c
    cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c
    red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 large
    onions, caramelized
  • 1 Tbsp
    roasted garlic
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot pepper sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme

  • 1/2 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
  • dash(es)
    hot pepper sauce

How to Make Turkey Meatloaf Quinoa with Cumin Glaze


  1. Slice the top of a head of garlic or 12 like I do in foil and roast slow to bring out the sweetness, cool and squeeze out the garlic it should be dark but not burnt you can not use burnt garlic so check it from time to time, it will freeze really well and is great in mashed potato's, I do this the day before when I am doing the onions
  2. Heat 1 tbl oil in a large sauté pan, add onions on med low heat to caramelize onions, the longer you cook them the sweeter they will be remove to cool. I do this the day before, Add 1 tbl oil add carrot, peppers cook until soft. Set aside and let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, rinsed cooked quinoa, cooked vegetables, egg, tomato paste hot pepper sauce, worcestershire sauce, roasted garlic, onions, sugar, salt & pepper. Mix well by hand until thoroughly combined try not to mix it to death
  4. Mix all the glaze ingredients set aside
  5. Press into a loaf pan set in fridge to firm, preheat oven to 375°
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  7. When oven reaches temp remove from fridge run a knife around the pan to loosen the sides turn the pan over in one quick movement and give a hard slap on the pan lined with the parchment paper
  8. Cooking Quinoa
    1 cup quinoa
    2 cups water
    1.Rinse quinoa and drain
    2.Add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil.
    4.Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
    5.Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes Fluff with a fork and let cool.

    1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa, 1 cup quinoa will cook in about 20 minutes. Quinoa must be rinsed quinoa is really excellent when cooked in vegetable or chicken broth. try adding other spices aromatics during cooking, a clove of smashed garlic, a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme.
  9. Have a instant read thermometer on hand or slid in the middle a dig thermometer and set to 155 deg cook for ten minutes remove and top with glaze back in oven to reach safe temperature, Remove and let rest 10 min.

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About Turkey Meatloaf Quinoa with Cumin Glaze

Course/Dish: Turkey, Meatloafs
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #quinoa, #Turkey, #healthy

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