Asian quinoa turkey soldiers

The sun came out today! It's been grey and dreary for the past month, so this is pretty good stuff. I spent the morning making applesauce muffins and an applesauce tart. All the while, the sun was streaming in. making everything seem better...and making me appreciate it.

Ok, on with the soldiers. My inspiration came from a cookbook purchase 'Quinoa Revolution'. Plus, I recently discovered ground turkey- my first attempt was this stew from Food Network Mag. 
Blue plate with 4 turkey soldiers with dipping sauce and chop sticks. A hand is holding the side of the plate.

glass bowl with spatula mixing spices and sauce with bottles of sauces in the background

Prep time: 10 mins (plus 15 mins to sit, optional)
Cook time: 12-15 mins

Yield: 15-17 soldiers

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp tamari sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic chili sauce (depending how hot you like it, this amount makes it medium hot)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa


  1. Combine in a bowl first 8 ingredients. Optional: Let sit for 15 minutes for the flavours to incorporate.
  2. Add ground turkey and quinoa. 
  3. Mix fairly well but not overly.
  4. Form into log shapes with slightly moist hands. 
  5. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. They're not the prettiest things at this point but try not to judge them.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

ground turkey mixture in a stainless bowl with a parchment lined cookie sheet with formed raw fingers ready for cooking Sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Serve with garlic chili sauce, plum sauce or soya sauce. Versatile little guys: dipping, snacking, put on a big salad. They taste good cold as well.
4 cooked quinoa turkey fingers in close up on a blue and green plate with a small scoop of chili garlic sauce
Grey out there again...but I got my pink hat (and coat!) on and and headed out to the greenbelt (although it's more of a brownbelt at the moment). 
Jill in pink coat and pink touque outside near rolling mountains and meadowsEnjoy your day!

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