quinoa bowls: rice’s grown up sibling

I just remembered that two summers ago, I used to make myself creative rice bowls for lunch. They were filling, contained ingredients from every essential food group, and offered plenty of variety.

I decided to revive rice bowls with a slightly healthier twist: quinoa bowls! I’ve been on a little quinoa kick lately- as seen here and here.

According to this article, quinoa used to be called “the gold of the Incas” because it contains lysine (one of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies need); it is a complete protein; and it boasts copious amounts of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.

Like tofu, quinoa can easily be dressed up with other ingredients and flavors. I consider it a sort of blank canvas that can be adapted based on your tastes and kitchen contents.

Some ideas (add the following to a bowl of quinoa):

  • Buffalo Bowl: sauteed onions and peppers; baked chicken; buffalo sauce; a dash of ranch dressing; black beans; tomatoes
  • Yellow Curry Bowl: marinated and sauteed tofu; sauteed peppers and zucchini; jarred yellow curry (from Trader Joe’s)
  • Brussel Sprout Bowl: roasted brussel sprouts and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese
  • Fiesta Bowl: black beans, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, olives

Any other ideas for great rice or quinoa bowl combinations? 


Surprised by the time of this post? Me too! I somehow woke up at 6am this morning (a Saturday!!) and can’t go back to sleep. So far, I’ve sipped coffee and cleaned my apartment. Feelin’ very productive 🙂

[photo credit: here]


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