Quinoa Bowl with Broccoli Sauce and Roasted Veg

Quinoa bowls are part of my daily regime. I always have a big container of cooked quinoa in the fridge, and all I have to do is get the vegetables and sauce prepared and put it all together. It’s a great way to incorporate raw and cooked vegetables, legumes or plant based protein, nuts, and even seeds, in a healthy and delicious way. The key is making a great and quick sauce for the quinoa bowl. You can also look under my sauces and pestos category and choose a sauce from any of the recipes there. It’s easy to put them together and make them colorful and exciting. This one has a creamy sunflower seed-broccoli sauce that is nutritious, filling, and warming.

Quinoa has the highest protein content of all the grains. They come in white, red, and black and make a complete protein, containing all of the essential nine amino acids needed to support growth and repair tissue and organs. One cup of quinoa has a little over 8 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of fiber, and is high in essential minerals such as folate, iron, and zinc. Once a staple in grain South America, quinoa is now reaching it’s way around the globe as a delicious superfood.

Quinoa Bowl with Broccoli Sauce and Roasted Veg

quinoa bowl

Yields: 2 bowls

  • 1 sliced sweet potato
  • 1 sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 block sliced tofu
  • 2-4 cups cooked quinoa
  • Broccoli Sauce
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli crowns
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • optional; 2 tbsp avocado
  • 3 tbsp raw sunflower seeds (or slivered almonds, or cashews)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • salt, pepper, cayenne
  • optional; fresh basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, or oregano

Cook the quinoa and put to the side. Steam the broccoli.

Fry the vegetables and tofu in ample oil in a skillet on medium to high heat. You could also bake or broil them on wax paper in the oven, brushing or spraying them lightly with oil and herbs, if you don't want to fry.

In a food processor, mix all the sauce ingredients and blend until it becomes a cream. If you need more liquid, add more of the almond milk. Be sure to season it enough with the salt and pepper.

Pour the quinoa in a bowl, top with the vegetables and tofu, and top it with the sauce.

  • Total time: 30 minutes
Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa Bowl

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