Fiesta Quinoa Bowl

I am taking a quick break from my holiday series to share a vibrant quinoa bowl that I made for meals this week.  This is another one of those simple meals I like to make often.  It is a warmer variation of the grain-based salads I make during the summer for easy grab-and-go lunches.  As the weather gets cooler I prefer warm meals, but I still like to get my leafy greens in like I would in a more traditional salad.  This covers both of those bases!

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As usual, you can really substitute any grain for this, or just stick to the bean and vegetable mixture if you would like to make it a little bit lighter.  Roasted sweet potatoes would also make a great base, especially as they are easy to find this time of year.  The lime juice really brightens everything up and makes the spices pop.

Enjoy!

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Fiesta Quinoa Bowl

Makes 6 Servings

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 onion, peeled & sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded & sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salsa & pico seasoning*
  • 1 (15-ounce) can or 1 1/2 cups cooked kidney or black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 lime, zest & juice
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Chopped avocado, salsa, & leafy greens for serving

Prepare quinoa according to package in vegetable broth or water. Set aside.

Cook onions, bell pepper and garlic in skillet over medium heat for 7 minutes or until beginning to soften. Next add your seasonings and cook for an additional minute. Finally, add in the beans, corn, and tomatoes. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Once the vegetables are cooked, remove from heat. Mix in your cooked quinoa, your lime juice & zest, and  salt & pepper to taste.

Serve over a bed of mixed greens with chopped avocado and a dollop of salsa.

*Once again I used a blend from my beloved Penzeys, but feel free to substitute any taco or fajita seasoning blend.

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Ready to bring for lunches!

Author: plantstoplanks

Personal trainer, nutrition and wellness consultant, plant-based cook, avid runner and book-lover. :)

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