This Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa recipe has only 3 ingredients and can be made in a rice cooker or on the stove for a tasty weeknight dinner!
January always makes us think of eating better and losing the extra pounds we’ve managed to put on over the holidays. One of the ways to do that is to choose healthier alternatives when preparing dinner. For example, you can use turkey sausage rather than pork sausage in your recipes. According to Lisa Thompson in her article about Turkey Sausage Nutrition Information on Livestrong.com, “If you’re looking for fewer calories and less fat and sodium, yet more of every other essential mineral, it is definitely worth substituting turkey for pork.”
I first shared this recipe for Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa on Belle of the Kitchen a couple of weeks ago as part of a recipe exchange that Ashlyn and I do once a month. At the start of a fresh new year, many people resolve to lose weight and to make better food choices, so Ashlyn and I thought this month we’d trade recipes involving using turkey as a healthier alternative to pork or beef. If you haven’t already, you ought to check out the recipe Ashlyn shared for Asian Turkey Meatballs.
Another healthier alternative my husband, Kent, and I have chosen for our dinners is to use brown rice in place of white rice. However, this past year we’ve also begun using quinoa more and more often in our dinner recipes. While quinoa may be slightly higher in fat and calories, it’s packed with more protein, fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients than rice. Prevention.com has a great infographic showing the health differences between brown rice and quinoa if you want to learn more.
Put these two healthier ingredients together, throw in a little salsa and voila! You have Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa, a delicious protein-packed meal, full of vitamins and nutrients. We make ours in a rice cooker, but don’t worry if you don’t have one of those handy devices, as we’ve also included instructions for making it on the stove top. The credit for this recipe idea really goes to Kent. We’d been looking for new ways to enjoy quinoa when he created this 3-ingredient masterpiece. It’s been a favorite of ours ever since. We hope you and your family enjoy it too!
- 2 cups organic quinoa
- 4⅔ cups water
- 13 oz smoked turkey sausage
- 16 oz jar medium black bean and corn salsa
- In a rice cooker, combine the quinoa with 4 cups of water and turn it on to cook the quinoa. NOTE: If you don't have a rice cooker, you can prepare the quinoa on the stove top. Just combine the quinoa and water in a pot. Bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice the smoked turkey sausage. Put it in a skillet with the remaining ⅔ cup water. Bring the water to a boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover and cook the smoked turkey sausage for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- When the quinoa is fully cooked, stir in the jar of salsa and smoked turkey sausage.
- Let the Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa cook for an a few more minutes until it's heated through. Serve and enjoy!
Serving Suggestions for Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa
Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa is hearty enough and packed with nutrients to be a great dinner, in and of itself. However, you may also enjoy these ideas:
- Mix in a little shredded cheese at the end to add some dairy to your meal.
- Sauté some onions and peppers when you cook the turkey sausage to add even more flavor.
- Serve Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa with a side salad and light dressing. It would also be great with fresh steamed broccoli, cauliflower or carrots.
I’d love to hear what are some of your favorite recipes where you’ve replaced the beef or pork with turkey? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas!
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