recipe: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

sometimes little one thinks she is eating turkey when it’s chicken. although i don’t know if i really can tell the difference, i figured i’d make little one something with turkey this week so i picked up some ground turkey and found a turkey meatloaf recipe … but … i misread the instructions … and ended up with sloppy joe!

just as well! last week at little one’s school, they made sloppy joe so i was going to try making it for little one anyway so i just ended up doing it now 🙂 i substituted Worcestershire sauce for tamari sauce and left out the garlic to accommodate my little one’s allergies. to give extra flavor, i cooked the quinoa in vegetable stock instead of water.

since i already know the flavor is good, i’ll try this again another time, following directions of the original recipe to shape it into meatloaf. looking forward to it!

cooking tools

  • frying pan
  • pot


  • ¼ quinoa
  • ½ vegetable stock
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste -or-
    1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free tamari sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • buns


  1. bring the quinoa and stock a boil in a saucepan over high heat. reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. stir the turkey, cooked quinoa, onions, tomato paste, tamari sauce, salt, and pepper.
  4. cook until mixture is not pink and flavors have been mixed well.
  5. when ready to eat, put half of bun on a plate and top with the sloppy joe mixture.


1. resource – allrecipes: Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

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