Turkey Quinoa Bowl Recipe

Photo courtesy of Life-n-Reflection


Boost your brain health with this hearty protein and healthy-fat packed dish,” says health coach Tiffany Hinton. “The brain uses healthy fats for many of its processes. The ingredients below are rich in monounsaturated fats, which benefit brain function and promote healthy blood flow. A healthy flow of blood means a highly functioning brain.”


Yields: 4 servings

1 lb. ground turkey  (or substitute cooked green lentils)

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp herbal seasoning

1 tsp Himalayan salt

½ tsp pepper

1 can diced tomatoes, drained

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups zucchini, chopped

1 cup quinoa

2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth

1 can diced green chiles

½ cup pine nuts, toasted

1 avocado, diced

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Then add turkey, onion and garlic, and sauté until turkey is brown and onion is soft.

Add red pepper flakes, herbal seasoning, salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, black beans, zucchini, pine nuts, quinoa and chicken broth; cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is cooked.

Serve topped with avocado.


Tiffany Hinton is a functional medicine certified health coach based in Chicago. For more information, see GFMom.net/wp/brainhealthtips/. Connect with her on social media by following @gfmomcertifed.



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