Turkey Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake

Turkey leftovers are not just for sandwiches! This Turkey Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake is full of flavor, easy to make, and a healthy way to use up those leftovers.

Servings
6-8 servings
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
14
Total Time
1 hour 15 minutes

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Large skillet
  • 9x13" baking dish
  • Wire cooling rack

Ingredients

  • 1 C uncooked quinoa, rinsed + reduced-sodium chicken broth needed for cooking
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 C cubed raw sweet potato
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 C baby spinach leaves
  • 2 C shredded turkey (white or dark meat)
  • 1 C reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions using low-sodium chicken broth in place of the water. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large, heat-safe bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sweet potato, onion, and bell pepper. Cook until bell pepper is softened and onion is translucent, about 7-9 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Stir in spinach and garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Transfer vegetable mixture to bowl with quinoa.
  5. Stir in shredded turkey, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Spread mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove from oven. Top with remaining 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is starting to brown and edges are bubbling.
  8. Remove from oven to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve.
  9. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.


TIPS FOR MAKING TURKEY SWEET POTATO QUINOA BAKE
  • If you want to add a little spice to the quinoa bake, chop up a jalapeno, and stir it in with the sweet potato, onion, and bell pepper in the skillet.
  • If you go to reheat your leftovers and notice that it looks a little dry, sprinkle it with a bit of broth before reheating.
  • Have leftover sweet corn? You can add that into the bake for a little extra flavor.

HELPFUL TIPS FOR CHOOSING AND PREPARING YOUR THANKSGIVING TURKEY FROM MINNESOTA TURKEY FARMERS
  • Allow one (1) pound of turkey per person for a fresh or frozen bird.
  • Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of bird weight for thawing in the refrigerator.
  • Let a turkey stand for 20 minutes after removing from oven before carving to allow juices to set.
  • Reheat leftover turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving, and enjoy leftovers within 3-4 days.

This recipe was created in partnership with blogger A Kitchen Addiction.

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