Thursday, January 27, 2011

{Gluten Free One Pot Meals} Ground Turkey & Quinoa Skillet Meal Recipe

Okay, I know this isn't the most appetizing meal you've ever seen. And the lighting in my kitchen at 8:30pm in the winter kinda stinks... but the one pot meal? Very good, very quick, and even husband friendly!

I'm starting a new series this week entitled, "Gluten Free One Pot Meals." I think I deserve a sticker for originality.

So the concept isn't anything new. But whether you work full time, commute an hour to work, stay home with your kids, dinner time can often be tough to figure out.

Last summer we addressed this issue with Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals. A number of wonderful gluten free bloggers helped me out by sharing their favorite quick and easy meals.

This time I'm hoping to post a "One Pot Meal" once a week. I don't plan on having a time frame for this series. One pot, easy meals are needed year round.  "One pot" can meal anything from my dutch oven, to the pizza pan, to the frying pan, to a wok, etc...

This week's one pot meal uses my favorite large skillet. It's a 12" non-stick pan I received when Michael & I got married. It's still one of my favorite pans. These recipes will not be meals that are set in stone. Make them with the ingredients you have on hand. If you don't have any quinoa, or if it scares you, or if you have picky eaters... then use brown rice -or- gf pasta -or- gf bread cubes -or- cooked potatoes. Go crazy and try your own variations!

Ground Turkey, Vegetable & Quinoa Skillet Meal
- a gluten free recipe template by Carrie @ -
free of gluten, dairy/casein, soy, and eggs

1 lb. ground turkey (or ground beef, or ground pork, etc...)
1 med. sweet onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
2 cups fresh button mushrooms (or baby bella mushrooms) stems removed, and sliced
3 carrots, sliced thinly diagonally
1 cup uncooked quinoa, that's been rinsed with fresh water (or 3 cups cooked quinoa, rice, diced potatoes, etc...)
Olive oil

Directions: In your skillet add 2 cups water and the dry quinoa. Bring the water to a simmer and cook covered for 10-12 minutes until quinoa is fluffy and very little water remains. (A great tutorial on cooking quinoa). Remove the cooked quinoa from the pan, place in a bowl & set aside. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Brown ground turkey. Add onions, and cook for 5-10 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes until they are soft. Stir the cooked quinoa into the mixture. (Alternatively, you could served the cooked vegetables & meat mixture over individual servings of quinoa.) Now, if you're not feeling up to a highly flavored meal you could eat the meal as is. But if you want some flavor variations for your one pot meal, here are some ideas you could use:

For an Asian Inspired Meal: 
  • 1-2 tbsp. soy sauce (or soy sauce sub)
  • a splash of sesame oil
  • a few shakes of roasted sesame seeds
  • a splash of rice vinegar
  • a splash of fish sauce
For an Italian Inspired Meal:
  • Add 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes to the skillet 5 minutes before serving
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (or 3 tablespoons julienned fresh basil)
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • splash a bit of extra virgin olive oil on each serving, right before eating!
For a Mexican Inspired Meal:
  • Add 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa to the skillet 5 minutes before serving
  • Add 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • Serve with diced avocado or avocado slices
  • 1-2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1-2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. adobo seasoning

What flavorings/seasonings/add in's would you use? 
What types of skillet/one pot meals would you like to see featured? 

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  1. this sounds absolutley delicious, great for leftovers probably! thanks for giving the different twists so I can try a different one each time! :)

  2. Great idea, Carrie. I love having one-pot ideas that can be whipped up in a hurry and cleaned up just as fast. That winter lack of light and food photography is frustrating. I like to think I'm keeping it real and homey with the bad lighting in my winter food photography.

  3. missmarc - YES! I bought it for lunch today myself!!
    Wendy - Thanks girl! I agree. One pot meals are really what get my husband and I through the week. Just easier! :-) I love your "keeping it real & homey" description of winter lighting! that's perfect!

  4. I'm finding the more I cook with Qunioa, the more I love the stuff. I especially like that this recipe is a one pot meal. Especially for those of us Mom's who are on the go.

    Thanks so much,

  5. This is a great "clean out the fridge" meal! We had a pretty random dinner last night because we had so many veggies on hand we had to eat. I just love throwing a bunch of stuff in our cast iron skillet and seeing what comes out. Usually, a better meal than when we follow a recipe.

  6. Oh Carrie, this looks yummy and it fits PERFECTLY in with our elimination diet. Adding it to my 934th attempt at a menu plan (I'm so not good with these things, LOL!)


  7. Wow that is really great. We love sprouted quiona, I will use that and try your wonderful recipe!!
    Peace & GF Health,

  8. I have some left over GF meatloaf I made last night and some already cooked brown rice. I may just crumble the meatloaf in with the veggies and add the brown rice. Yum. Thanks for the idea!!

  9. Yum... I would love this. My kids won't. They're still not sold on the texture of quinoa. I was wondering if you have a gf/cf suggestions for Chinese New Year - I'm trying to have a little celebration with the kids, but our usual - Chinese dumplings - use wonton wrappers (which have wheat). So, now I'm scrambling to come up with something else.

  10. That actually looks delicious and I need one dish recipes like this so badly, with my energy levels. Thank you!!

  11. Looking for a good non stick 12" skillet, what are you using?

  12. What do you mean...It does not Look appetizing? I think it looks very scrumptious! A "must try" for sure! Great site btw!

  13. This is great! I was trying to figure out another way to use the quinoa I had left in the pantry along with some ground turkey...I've done both turkey-quinoa burgers and turkey-quinoa meatloaf. Both were great but starting to get boring. I'm blood type AB and about the only ground meat I digest is turkey. Thanks for sharing...I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. :-)

  14. Your nonstick skillet - is it super-flat on bottom? Like, do you have a ceramic cooktop and does it cook evenly? I'm thinking I need a nonstick skillet but want one I can trust. I love my cast iron, but it's not for everything.

  15. This is absolutely delicious! Quinoa recipes are the best! :) I'm absolutely gonna try cooking this recipe. Thank you very much for sharing this. Thank you also for sharing a link on how to perfectly cook quinoa. All the best to you!

  16. This was delicious! Made the Italian version and loved it (so did my non-gluten-free boyfriend). Can't wait to try more of your recipes.

  17. how many people would you say this recipe feeds? i'm trying to scale it up to serve 16. thanks

  18. catandpanda -- I would say this feeds about four with a filling meal. So I would quadruple it for 16 people! ;-)

  19. I love this recipe! I also love one-pot recipes, the combination of flavours is fantastic and it simplifies clean-up.

    I've featured your recipe on my blog:

  20. Great ideas! I always make big batches of food for my week of classes. I'll have to add these recipes to my list!

  21. I can't wait to try this, thanks! I make big batches of food for my week of classes, so this will help a ton.

  22. My boyfriend loved these. He did request I put more cheese on them next time though. I am also going to substitute the regular marinara for a traditional pasta sauce, but that’s more of my preference.

  23. This looks like the perfect dinner meal! It’ll be on the table tonight and I bet the kids will love it too. Thanks for the recipe!