Vegan Quinoa Recipes: Savory Red Quinoa Lunch Bowl

March 17, 2014
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Meet your new favorite lunch dish–the healthy, vegan, and oh so tasty quinoa bowl.

Every Sunday, I usually make a huge pot of rice or quinoa that I throw in recipes throughout the week (it’s so handy when you don’t really feel like cooking or waiting 45 minutes for your meal to be ready).  I make variations of this quinoa lunch bowl pretty often, but it almost always contains corn and avocado—the combination of textures is delightful.

Savory Red Quinoa Lunch Bowl


(Serves 2)

1 tbl. olive or coconut oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups cooked quinoa (Any kind is fine. Red quinoa has a fun, “chewy” texture.)

¾ cup corn (fresh off the cob or frozen)

1 avocado, cut into 1-inch chunks

¼ cup fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade

½ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. smoked paprika

2 tsp. nutritional yeast

sea salt and ground pepper to taste


To cook quinoa:

(Makes about 3 cups cooked. May be doubled or tripled.)

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add 1 cup quinoa and reduce to a simmer.  Cover and cook until quinoa is tender and fluffy (about 15 minutes).

To make lunch bowl:

1.  At a medium-low heat, warm oil in a pan.  Sauté garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

2.  Add quinoa, corn, ground spices, and yeast.  Stir-fry for about five minutes, allowing the flavors to blend.  Taste test for seasoning.

3. Transfer to bowls and top with avocado chunks and fresh basil. Enjoy your easy & healthy homemade lunch 🙂

  Vegan Quinoa Recipes: Savory Red Quinoa Lunch Bowl

More lunch ideas: Kale, Fennel, and Mushroom Sandwich

Mushroom and Bok Choi Spread with Tahini Sauce

Veggie Kale Pesto Bowl


Photos: Mary Hood

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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