Bolivian Caraway Quinoa Meatloaf



    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 large onions, finely chopped
    • 2 medium jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds, lightly toasted and ground
    • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 3 cups cooked quinoa
    • 2 pounds ground turkey
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
    • 1/4 cup tomato paste
    • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
    • 2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch glass loaf pan.
    2. Heat oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium flame. Add onion and jalapeño, and sauté about 5 minutes or until soft. Add caraway and cumin and cook for 1 more minute.
    3. Transfer to large bowl, and add the cooked quinoa, turkey, basil, parsley, chives, tomato paste, eggs, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
    4. Transfer to prepared loaf pan. Bake 1 hour, turn oven off, and let meatloaf rest in oven for another 10 minutes.
    5. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

    For the Quinoa:

    • Place 1/2 cup white quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve. Rinse and drain well. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water (or any type of preferred stock). Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). The quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent and the spiral-like germ of the grain is visible. This portion yields 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.

    Tip: Quinoa can be cooked a day ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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