Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gluten Free Quinoa Meatloaf

I've modified this recipe to work for us. I took out the egg, changed up the spices a bit & took out the onions, 'cuz Hubby's tummy seems to do better when I leave them out. The original recipe includes ingredients for a yummy sounding sauce but it includes things I can't have so I just 86'd the sauce in the interest of keeping it simple. Hubby puts ketchup on it but Ella and I like it just fine with no sauce.

1/2 cup Quinoa
1 cup water (you can also use vegetable stock, if you prefer)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 lb ground turkey
2 tsp minced garlic (two cloves)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil

Place quinoa, water (or broth) and vinegar in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer until water is absorbed (15ish minutes). Set aside and allow cooked quinoa to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, combine ground turkey, apple sauce, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and basil and cooled quinoa. With hands, mix thoroughly. Place mixture evenly in a glass baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes. (The original recipe says 1 1/2 hrs but I have never seen it take nearly this long -- keep an eye on it & when the top starts to brown, it's ready.)


  1. wow that looks pretty simple to do - could I make it with ground beef instead of turkey?

  2. This looks so amazingly good. I don't eat meat but my husband does and he loves quinoa so I might give this a try. I might also use a meat substitute or creamy mushrooms instead.....

  3. You most certainly CAN use ground beef or a meat substitute instead. I've also made this with meatloaf mix (1/3 ground beef, 1/3 ground pork, 1/3 ground veal) and it was very tasty but on the greasier side. Keep me posted on how you like your variations! Enjoy!