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Enlightened Miso Power Bowl

Enlightened Miso Bowl by Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows

This Enlightened Miso Power Bowl is a fun recipe that will keep your energy high for hours. Miso is a fermented food that aids in digestion and adds a wonderful umami flavor to foods. If you are new to miso, Orange-Maple Miso Dressing is a great way to incorporate it into your diet. It’s a great gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar–free, and soy-free option! Recipe and photo from The Oh She Glows Cookbook* by Angela Liddon. Continue Reading…

Any-Season Italian-Style Quinoa Salad

Any-Season Italian-Style Quinoa Salad

This Italian-Style Quinoa Salad can be served any season, cold or warm, and children love it! It’s super important to rinse the quinoa before cooking. Then cook it in water or broth—don’t forget the bay leaf!

 

 

Any-Season Italian-Style Quinoa Salad
Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white or red quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 avocado
  • chopped parsley, to taste
Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup olive or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lime zest tea
  • 2 tsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa well under cold water In a saucepan until it’s clear. Heat the olive oil over medium heat, then coat the quinoa with the oil.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer covered—about 15 to 20 minutes for white quinoa and about 20 to 25 minutes for red.
  4. Let stand under cover for 10 minutes. Using a fork, detach the grains. Let cool.
  5. Mix the quinoa and the other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients of the vinaigrette in a small bowl, and then pour over the quinoa salad. Mix gently.

 

Sweet Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Sweet Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Let’s change up breakfast! Exchange toast and cereal for quinoa—this Sweet Quinoa Breakfast Bowl recipe will give you plenty of energy to face your day.

Sweet Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (or ⅔ cup dry quinoa)
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flake
  • fresh fruit of your choice
Instructions
  1. Mix quinoa, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring often, about 7 minutes. The mixture should be bubbling and the quinoa should have absorbed some of the milk.
  3. Place in a bowl and garnish with coconut and fruits.
  4. Add more maple syrup, if desired.

 

BBQ Hawaiian Tofu Bowl

Hawaiian Tofu Bowl from the Simply Vegan Cookbook

A serving of greens, pineapple, and protein balance this sweet and savory Hawaiian tofu bowl perfectly. It does get a little involved, with a pan in the oven and a skillet on the stovetop, but it’s straightforward. I won’t be mad at you  for picking up barbecue sauce at the store to cut down on steps; keep it as simple as you need. Recipe and photo from The Simply Vegan Cookbook: Easy, Healthy, Fun, and Filling Plant-Based Recipes Anyone Can Cook by Dustin Harder ©  2018 Rockridge Press, reprinted by permission.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

  • 1 large red onion, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more as needed, divided
  • 14-ounce block extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 20-ounce can sliced pineapple, drained, or 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce or store-bought barbecue sauce
  • 5-ounce package baby spinach
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, toss the onion and bell pepper with1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spread them out on half of the prepared baking sheet. Spread out the tofu cubes on the other half. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a spatula, and bake for 10 more minutes.

While the tofu and vegetables are baking, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pineapple slices in batches and sauté until darkly browned on both sides, adding more oil as needed.

Toss the baked tofu with the barbecue sauce until thoroughly coated.

Divide the spinach and quinoa among 4 bowls. Top with the vegetables, tofu, and pineapple. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Hawaiian Tofu Bowl by Dustin Harder

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10 Great Quinoa Bowl Recipes

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If you need an easy way to serve up a ton of protein and nutrients in one go, you’ll want to look into these vegan quinoa bowl recipes. These quinoa bowl recipes serve up fruit, veggies and tasty spices all heaped onto some delicious quinoa. Serve these up for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner—seriously, you can have them any time of day! Continue Reading…

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Vegan Roasted Zucchini and Mushroom Pilaf Bowl

It is no surprise that I love to roast vegetables; it always seems to bring out the best in produce. In this vegan bowl recipe, zucchini and mushrooms are roasted to perfection and stirred into a quinoa pilaf that is accented with scallions and arugula. Recipe and photos from Vegan Bowls: Perfect Harmony in Cozy One-Bowl Meals* © 2015 by Zsu Dever. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.

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Inca Red Quinoa Stir-Fry

Inca Red Quinoa from Viva La Vegan

Who doesn’t love quinoa? I particularly love the red version – you can combine red, black and white for a wonderful look. Such a wonderful ancient seed – not really a grain, but you can use it as such. Quinoa is an ancient seed (not really a grain) from the Inca civilization. It’s a complete protein and contains more than other grains. Reprinted with permission from There’s a Vegan in the Kitchen: Viva la Vegan’s Easy and Tasty Plant-Based Recipes* by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva la Vegan! copyright © 2014. Published by Epicentre Equilibrium. Continue Reading…

Quick Quinoa Paella

Quick Quinoa paella

Paella is a Spanish pilaf traditionally made with white rice and seafood. We’ll do away with the seafood here, of course, and since we’re dispensing with tradition, let’s do away with white rice as well. Using nutritious and quick-cooking quinoa instead, you can have a colorful meal in about thirty minutes. This goes well with Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  
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Quinoa with Tomato, Zucchini, and Basil

Quinoa, tomato, zucchini

Quinoa is a wonderful gift to vegans and vegetarians. It provides bountiful protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber in respectable quantities, with very little fat. This simple quinoa dish makes a nice presentation served at room temperature, especially for warm weather meals. Recipe adapted from Extraordinary Vegan* © 2013 by Alan Roettinger, reprinted with permission of Book Publishing Company. Photo by Andrew Schmidt.

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