Although there are many alternatives to “traditional” pasta, my favorite by far is Quinoa. (pronounced “keen wah”) The first time I served it to my family and they didn’t even notice the difference, so I knew I hit the jackpot. I have been serving healthy pasta ever since! There are a number of different varieties. Quinoa has a lower sodium content and higher amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and zinc than wheat, corn or barley, according to the “Alternative Field Crops Manual” of the University of Wisconsin. Quinoa is also an excellent choice for delivering brain-boosting nutrients.

Healthy Pasta Dinner

1 lb ground turkey
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 cans tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp italian seasoning
2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 bay leafs
1 (8 oz) box Quinoa pasta
Romano and/or Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly translucent then add garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes longer. Remove from skillet and set aside. Place the ground turkey in skillet and cook until browned. Place turkey, onion and garlic in a large pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour. Cook pasta according to directions on package and add to sauce when ready. Top with cheese and serve.



  1. Ucnpla2 on April 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    is it ok to have Quinoa in phase 3?

    • Anonymous on April 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      After 21 days 🙂