Feel-Good Food: Quinoa Veggie Bowl

I’ve fallen in love with quinoa. I might be a little late to the game, but still, I’ve arrived. And I’m ready to play.

Does the name “quinoa” frighten you? Well, don’t be. Here are the basics: quinoa is a considered a whole grain but is actually a seed, its easy to cook, is a complete protein, and tastes great by itself. To translate: it’s filling, delicious, and you can make it in less than 15 minutes. It’s tiny and round and can be used in place of rice in things like burritos or stir frys. You can read more in this article.

I bought my quinoa in bulk from Whole Foods for about $3.69 a pound.

So, now that you have an idea of what quinoa is, what should you do with it?

Like I mentioned already, it’s easy to cook. I was inspired by Caitlin Boyle’s Veggie Bowl recipe, which you can find in her book, “Healthy Tipping Point.” She has tons of great ideas for making veggie bowls using different grains like millet or wheat berries, and fillings from vegetables to nuts.

Quinoa Veggie Bowl

1 cup uncooked quinoa
4 cups water
1 can black beans, drained
1 cup corn, either fresh or frozen
1 cup fresh or frozen mix of red, green, and yellow bell peppers
shredded cheddar cheese, optional

1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp minced onions
1 tsp onion powder

1. Fill a medium saucepan with water over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add quinoa and boil for 9-10 minutes.
2. While quinoa is boiling, place the drained black beans in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add chili powder, garlic powder, minced onions, and onion powder. If you’re using fresh or canned corn, add that to the saucepan. I used frozen corn, so I cooked it in the microwave for two minutes before adding it to the black beans.
3. Once the timer goes off for the quinoa, drain as much water as you can, and set the saucepan back on the burner. Turn off the heat and let the quinoa stand for a few minutes before fluffing with a fork.
4. I used frozen bell peppers, so after fluffing the quinoa, I cooked the peppers in the microwave for 2 minutes.
5. Add everything into the saucepan with the quinoa, sprinkle salt and pepper on top, along with a sprinkle of cheese.