Trying to transition to eating more plant-based meals, but need more simple and delicious recipes? Look no further than this protein-packed vegan quinoa bowl recipe by Jessica Bippen, MS, RD. We have a feeling it’ll be a new weekly staple!
About This Vegan Quinoa Bowl Recipe
This sweet potato chickpea quinoa bowl makes for a simple weeknight dinner. Plus, it’s perfect for meal prep!
The bowl starts off with a base of fluffy, gluten-free quinoa and massaged kale. It then gets topped with crispy roasted chickpeas and golden brown sweet potatoes. Just add a drizzle of tahini sauce and sprinkle of hemp seeds, and you have a delicious, perfectly balanced meal with 15 grams of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.
This meal comes together in less than 45 minutes, making it easy enough to cook on a weeknight. Also, if you want to get a head start on the week, these quinoa bowls are perfect for meal prep. Simply prepare the ingredients on Sunday. From there, you can store the fully assembled bowls in the fridge for up to five days, or store the ingredients and assemble the bowls just before serving. Either way, your future self will thank you!
QUINOA Nutritional Value
Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is an incredibly nutritious ancient grain. Despite its popularity as a grain, quinoa is actually classified as a pseudocereal. These are non-grassy plants that have similar nutritional properties to whole grains.
This superfood has numerous nutritional and health benefits. For starters, it’s one of the few complete vegan sources of protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids, including lysine, not usually present in most grains. Second, quinoa is a good source of minerals including magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and iron, as well as vitamin E and B vitamins. It also contains quercetin and kaempferol, flavonoid antioxidants that may have numerous health benefits.