Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa Salad Bowl

I love having easy go-to lunches in my fridge. When I plan my meals ahead of time, it helps me to eat healthier and not feel the urge to snack. Lately, I’ve been eating these quinoa bowls every day so I decided to share them with all of you. Cooking one big batch of quinoa and veggies (and some chicken) will give me enough leftovers for about a week of lunches. Cook once for an entire week? That’s how I roll.

Quinoa is amazing because it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein and it contains almost twice the amount of fiber as other grains. Quinoa also is also rich in iron, B-vitamins, lysine, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Three cheers for quinoa!

Quinoa Bowl

To make your own Quinoa Bowl, you will need…

quinoa
(I like the tricolor quinoa from Trader Joes)

zucchini
mushrooms
fresh greens
sundried tomatoes
kalamata olives
pre-cooked chicken meat
goat cheese
pesto
avocado
seasonings (to taste)

Quinoa Bowl

First, cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package. I rinse my quinoa and then put 1 cup of dried quinoa into 2 cups of water on the stove. Once I bring it to a boil, I reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Perfectly fluffy quinoa every time.

Quinoa Bowl

While the quinoa is cooking, chop your vegetables. My favorite is to use zucchini and mushrooms.

Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa Bowl

Once the veggies are chopped, it’s time to sauté them.

Quinoa Bowl

(Note: Along with salt and pepper, this 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joes is my absolute favorite to use on everything. It’s a blend of onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice and lemon oil that goes perfectly on all of these veggies.)

Quinoa Bowl

Once the vegetables are soft and the quinoa is ready, I put most of it into containers and stick them in the fridge for future lunches. Then I use the rest to assemble my first bowl.

Quinoa Bowl

Start with fresh greens.
Spring greens. Kale. Spinach. Arugula. Get creative.

Quinoa Bowl

Time for the quinoa.

Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa Bowl

Next I add the veggies.

Quinoa Bowl

Top with everything else! I add sundried tomatoes, some chicken meat, kalamata olives, goat cheese, pesto, and avocado. Feel free to alter according to your tastes and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Quinoa Bowl

Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite healthy lunches?

If you decide to make a Quinoa Bowl of your own be sure to comment and let me know how it goes!

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  • Ok you don’t even KNOW how much I’m loving everything you put into this bowl! I can’t get enough salty olives, creamy avocado, and fresh pesto in my life. THIS IS AWESOME!

  • Glad I just ate my lunch because this certainly turns on the appetite. Love the pictures.

  • This bowl looks so nutritious and amazing! I am also a huge fan of Trader Joes 21 seasoning salute, also! It just makes everything taste better 🙂

  • Oh this looks really yummy! Just in time for lunch too and I have all the ingredients!!

  • Wow that looks so fresh and yummy! I am definitely a fan of leftovers and making things as easy as possible. The TJ 21 season salute is such a great spice mix! I love using it when I bake chicken. I didn’t know just how awesome quinoa is for your body! I will have to try to eat it more often 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • This recipe sounds so delicious! I love quinoa, goat cheese, pesto, and sundried tomatoes so all of them combined is something I’ll definitely have to try!

    xo Brie
    http://www.sophistifunkblog.com

  • What a perfect bowl of food! I love the 21 salute seasoning from TJ’s! I think I add it to everything lol. I love the combination of sauteed veggies to raw veggies. This is so perfect. Will have to make this soon!

  • This looks just scrumptious! My favourite kind of meal.

  • I love quinoa! This looks amazing!

  • This looks amazing, quinoa is the best! I love grilled veggies, too, so I know I’ll love this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  • I love quinoa salads, well love them in everything. this looks so good! I need to buy that TJ’s seasoning soon 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • What a great looking bowl!

  • You had me at Olives girl! This looks AMAZING.

    I LOVE IT!

    Making it tonight, for sure.
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  • This looks delicious! I actually just ate a Mediterranean quinoa bowl with a roasted red pepper sauce for lunch today. It was amazing, you should check it out! The recipe is from Pinch of Yum, one of my favorite food blogs! >> http://pinchofyum.com/mediterranean-quinoa-bowls-with-roasted-red-pepper-sauce

    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    xoxo – Kathryn
    Down-Home Damsel

  • I have been searching at local stores for tri-colored quinoa and haven’t been able to find it. Thank you for saying it’s at Trader Joe’s (which I wouldn’t have thought to check)! I can’t wait to try your lovely looking quinoa bowl.

  • Yummy! Mediterranean style quinoa bowls are one of my favorites:)

  • This sounds SO tasty! Thanks for sharing! <3

  • What a great combo of flavors on here! A delightful meal!

  • quinoa tasty one here, great looking bowl of healthy happiness 🙂

  • WOW! This looks like a little greek slice of salad bowl heaven… I usually do a quinoa, black bean and sweet potato bowl (with avacado and carrot and hummus) but this looks PHENOMENAL.

    Especially with summer coming and lazy lunches in the sun. Pinning for later 🙂

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • I usually see the southwest varieties of quinoa bowls. Love the use of goat cheese and pesto!

  • I need to look for that seasoning next time I am at Trader Joes. This bowl looks so good!

  • This looks delicious and filling!