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Weeknight Dinner: Turkey Quinoa Recipe

Quinoa is one of my favorite bases for an easy weeknight recipe. High in protein and low in carbohydrates, quinoa cooks up just like rice and is a great substitute when you are looking to eat healthy. 

This Turkey Quinoa recipe is one of my go to weeknight dinners and the left overs are perfect for serving up throughout the week as lunch. 

Turkey Quinoa Recipe

If you plan to use your turkey quinoa to fill acorn squash, you need to start the squash right away. Acorn is my favorite, but you could also use butternut or even bell peppers if you aren’t in a squashy mood. 

Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Place upside down on a small baking tray and add 1/2 cup of water. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and place in the oven while you prepare the rest of the recipe. 

Quinoa comes in a couple of different colors. They all taste the same to me, so I like to mix them for a bit of variety. Two cups dry quinoa makes about 3 cups cooked. 

Start a pot boiling with two cups of water and two cups of chicken broth. Add the quinoa and put a lid on the pot. Turn to low. 

Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a In a large frying pan and sauté 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 of cup of red onion.

Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms and cook until tender. 

Add 1 lb ground turkey and cook until brown. Season with salt, pepper and 1 tsp cumin and add in the fully cooked quinoa. 

Fill your acorns and serve! You’ll have have a ton of leftovers that you can eat for lunch throughout the rest of the week. 

Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Acorns
  1. 1 acorn squash [halved]
  2. 1 lb ground turkey
  3. 2 cups quinoa
  4. 1/2 cup red onion
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. Salt & Pepper
  1. Cut the acorn squash in half and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins.
  2. Saute garlic and onion until translucent.
  3. Add turkey and brown.
  4. Mix in quinoa and add cumin, salt and pepper.
  5. Fill the cooked acorn squash and serve.
Rocky Mountain Bliss

30 Minute Recipe: Bacon Pork with Brussel Sprout Hash

When the work week is go-go-go it’s hard to make dinner plans that involve more than grabbing something  when running from one place to another. When I have a calm night at home the last thing I want is to have to make an elaborate meal the dirties up half the kitchen – which is why meals that are ready in 30 minutes or less are perfect for me.

Bacon Pork with Brussel Sprout Hash

Using Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork, I was able to whip up this delicious dish in less than half an hour AND have left overs for lunch this week. Perfect for any night of the week, Smithfield Marinated Pork is available at Safeway and comes in several delicious flavors that can be tossed into the oven or on the grill for a quick meal.

30 minute dinner recipe from Rocky Mountain Bliss

I used Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet for my dish because bacon is my favorite compliment for the rich earthy flavor of brussel sprouts. Continue Reading…


Smoky Onion Mustard Pork Chops

Weeknight meal recipe: Mustard Pork Chops is the perfect quick dinner full of flavor.

My grandma (and every women in my family for that matter) makes pork chops exactly the same way. Pan fried and seasoned with mustard. When I learned that Hickory Farms had a new Smoky Onion Mustard as a part of their Simply Hickory product line I was super excited to try out a family favorite recipe with a new twist. 

The Smoky Onion Mustard adds the perfect amount of flavor into the meat, just smoky and sweet enough to add a unique finish to the dish. As a part of the Simply Hickory Farms family, there are no preservatives or MSG – which means theres no chance that I’ll have a headache later in the night. 

With just two core ingredients this quick weeknight recipe is perfect for tossing together after a busy day. From prep to table the full meal takes less then an hour to serve.  Continue Reading…