Turkey, Apple and Quinoa Pilaf



1/2 c dry quinoa

2 tsp canola oil

1-1/2 c chopped sweet onions

1 c seeded and chopped sweet bell pepper

1 Medium tart red apple, diced

8 oz COOKED TURKEY, skin removed and cut in medium pieces

1 tsp peeled and minced fresh gingerroot

1-1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 c chopped pecans

1/3 c dried apricot halves, chopped

1/4 c chopped cilantro



Cook quinoa according to package directions.

In a large, heavy nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Stir in onions and sauté about 5 minutes or until onions reach a caramel color. Add bell pepper and apple, sauté about 3 to 4 minutes or until they are crisp-tender.

Stir in cooked turkey cubes, gingerroot, sugar and salt. Stir-fry only another minute or two, until all ingredients is piping hot.

Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in cooked quinoa, pecans and apricots. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to absorb flavors.

Portion into about 1 cup servings and garnish each with cilantro.