Thursday, June 7, 2012

Quinoa Spaghetti

If you have been following this blog, you know by not that I can't cook.  I have had to change and branch out since Silent Sam's diagnosis but it is still only the simple recipes for me.  

The following is an easy spaghetti recipe.  The original recipe was in the April/ May 2012 issue of Healthy Cooking Magazine but I have made a fair number of changes to it so I call it my own.

Quinoa Spaghetti

1 lb. ground turkey
1 3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion cut up
3 cloves of garlic minced
3 cups tomato juice
1 can (14 1/2 oz) no salt added diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz.) no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp oregano 
6 oz. quinoa spaghetti noodles broken into pieces

In a large pot, cook the ground turkey, mushrooms, onion, and garlic until the turkey is fully cooked.  Add the tomato juice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, mustard, Italian seasoning, and oregano. Stir.

When the mixture starts to boil, stir in the quinoa noodles.  Cover and simmer for 15 - 18 minutes.

Garnish with some shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serves 6  

Since I changed the recipe, I don't have the exchanges or nutritional info.  Sorry!

Not only is it easy to make but it only takes one pot!  Clean up made simple!   This is my kind of recipe. We serve it with a salad and we are good to go. I am sure it would be even better with bread slathered with garlic butter but those days (seem to be) behind us. 

The original recipe called for lean ground beef (90%) so if you want to you can use that instead of the turkey.  

And let me give a big CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Silent Sam.  The doctor reduced his medicine again last week.  He is down to one metformin a day and one "prick" a day. I am so proud of him for all he has done to make changes.  Hip Hip Hooray!

Thanks for reading!


  1. I did not know there was a quinoa spaghetti noodle. I have just started using quinoa to replace rice on occasion. It is certainly a different taste, but worth the try. That's my idea of adventure :)

  2. Lauri, there is not only spaghetti noodles but I think 3 or 4 different types. It is my idea of an adventure also. I have not had much luck with the quinoa in it's regular form. The recipes that I have found that use it are really strange and out of my league. Good for you if you have made it work.
    Thanks for reading!