Mediterranean Inspired Quinoa Bowl

This protein and veggie packed power bowl is mediterranean inspired and is simple to prepare. Quinoa, veggies, and the perfect combination of spices come together for a delicious meal, any time of the day. 

Quinoa Power Bowl: Mediterranean Inspired

We love mediterranean food, especially falafel wraps and bowls, and although we’ve made some boxed falafel at home, it’s just never as good as what you get at the local mediterranean spots.

So, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) end up taking place, and we’re not even mad about it because we love chickpeas.

I’d even say we’re kind of obsessed.

Garbanzo Beans

Chickpeas are really the key to quick recipes, like our eggless salad wrap that can be done in five minutes. This recipe is another perfect option for taking to work, school, or when time is tight.

Mediterranean Inspired Made Simple

This bowl fulfills those mediterranean cravings. The spices, veggies, and chickpeas come together so well, and the original hummus is really the cherry on top of this bowl, pulling it all together.

And If you prepped the quinoa ahead of time, in bulk, you could put this whole bowl together in under 5 minutes.

Note: The recipe below includes instructions for cooking and spicing the quinoa. 

Cooking quinoa is relatively simple, as it’s a 1:2 ratio. This means, for every 1 of dry quinoa, you need double for the liquid.

The best tip for quinoa that tastes good begins with the liquid used for cooking. We use vegetable broth instead of water, or a combination of both, it adds more flavor to the otherwise, rather bland grain.

Adding spices after cooking quinoa is another great way to bring even more flavor to a dish.

This specific bowl and recipe doesn’t have much cooked vegetables or toppings that are spiced, as they are mostly raw, so adding spices to the quinoa is almost a necessity. You can never go wrong with turmeric, anyway.

Once the quinoa is cooked and spiced and the veggies are chopped and diced (see what I did there?), put everything together in a bowl and enjoy.

Be gracious with the hummus, it’s really what brings it all together so perfectly.

Adding more spices on top is definitely an option, too. We just add pepper, but you can add others if you’d like.

And for an even more nutrient dense meal, feel free to add some chopped spinach.

 

Mediterranean Inspired Quinoa Bowl

Nutrient packed, mediterranean inspired power bowl.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

Quinoa Base

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Toppings

  • 1 can garbanzo beans warmed, rinsed
  • 1 cup dill pickles chopped, diced
  • 1 cup red onion chopped, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • original hummus
  • crushed black pepper topping

Instructions

Quinoa

  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, combine 1 cup vegetable broth with 1/2 cup of quinoa, stir

  2. Bring to a boil

  3. Cover and lower heat for 20 minutes

  4. After 20 minutes, stir in turmeric, garlic salt, and black pepper

Constructing the bowl

  1. Heat garbanzo beans in another small saucepan (or microwave) keeping the liquid from the can 

  2. Rinse garbanzo beans and rinse with water

  3. Lay a bed of quinoa

  4. Add garbanzo beans, toppings, and hummus

  5. Top with black pepper

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