Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dukan Quinoa Turkey Chili

Quinoa Turkey Chili
We loved this recipe, although we would have liked it a bit spicier.

This was our first time cooking with Quinoa...our friend fell in love with it and bought everyone a bag of Quinoa!  Quinoa cooks up nicely in a rice cooker and since we prefer our food less mushy we used 1 1/4 c. of chicken broth to cook our Quinoa instead of the 2 c. as suggested by many others.

We decided to try this recipe found on and altered it to make it Dukan friendly.  Since this recipe does have Quinoa, this is a Consolidation and/or Stabilization recipe.  The male half of this couple got an extra treat - sliced avocado on his chili.

If you love spicy food, you may want to increase the amount of chili powder you use, leave in some of the seeds from the jalapeno and/or add a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.  Next time we make this chili we'll probably use 1/2 c. to 3/4 c. of quinoa instead of 1 c.

Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 c. quinoa
1 can chicken broth
1 red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried parsley
1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped

In a rice cooker, add 1 c. Quinoa with 1 1/4 c. chicken broth (the rest of the broth will go into the chili).  Cook Quinoa (as soon as the rice cooker turns off, remove Quinoa and fluff).  While your Quinoa is cooking, brown your ground turkey.  Once your turkey is cooked, drain and remove turkey from pan.  Spray pan with olive oil spray and saute onions, garlic and jalapeno for approximately 5 minutes.  Add chili powder and ground cumin and cook for an additional minute.  Add crushed tomatoes, bell pepper, dried oregano, dried parsley, salt and pepper.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  Once your bell peppers soften, add back ground turkey, Quinoa and mix.  We added the remainder of the chicken broth at this time since it was a bit gummy for our liking.  Once chili is heated completely, mix in cilantro and serve.  We added a fried egg on top of our chili.

Enjoy...we sure did!

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