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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Quinoa Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

This easy quinoa superfood bowl will make you feel like a million bucks…and it tastes good to boot! Here’s a breakdown of jut how awesome this bowl is:

Quinoa – Excellent source of protein, rich in fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium, Riboflavin (B2), and manganese.

Asparagus – Good source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamin K, inulin, vitamin A, potassium, and is excellent for cleansing the kidneys and boosting the immune system.

Beets – Rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B & C, beta-carotene, beta-cyanine, and folic acid. Great for cleansing the liver, supporting mental health, digestion, energy, and virility.

Carrots – Rich in beta-carotene (great for vision), excellent for skin, anti aging, supporting the immune system and heart health.

Chickpeas – Excellent source of fiber, protein, manganese, iron, magnesium, antioxidants and folate. They are great for supporting healthy blood sugar, digestion, immune system and bone health.

Quinoa Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

Flax Seeds - Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which protect our bodies from inflammation. Inflammation plays a crucial role in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and cancer. Also rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese.

Sesame Seeds – Great source of calcium, manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin E and zinc. The zinc in sesame seeds promotes bone health and prevents osteoporosis later in life.

Almonds – Support heart health, healthy cholesterol, bone health, immune system, healthy skin, inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar and energy.

That’s a lot of amazing nutrition in one little bowl! Think how amazing you could feel if you based all your meals around the most nutrient dense meals! It’s kind of incredible if you think about it!!

Quinoa Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

One thing I always say is that “it’s all about the sauces“. Quinoa and steamed vegetables would be pretty boring without some flavorful sauces to bring them to life!! I had some leftover pesto in the freezer from this recipe, a little bit of hummus and some sriracha that I added for some serious kick!! I also tossed the quinoa with some flax seeds, black & white sesame seeds, and slivered almonds from crunch and healthy fats.

This is such an all-around meal with lots of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. If you want some extra protein you could add some almond crusted chicken or grilled fish but it’s actually very filling on it’s own!

Quinoa Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

Linda’s Quinoa Superfood Bowl

You’ll need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 4 large beets peeled and cubed – I bought mine ready to use from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a mix of white, black, and red quinoa)
  • 2 Tbs flax seeds
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbs slivered almonds
  • hummus – I used store bought, you can also use this bean-free recipe.
  • spicy kale & walnut pesto
  • sriracha

For the quinoa: In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of sea salt and cook covered until all the moisture is absorbed, about 15mins. Remove from heat and keep covered.

In fill a saucepan about 1/2 inch with water and a dash of sea salt and bring to a boil. Cut white ends off asparagus and add the tips to boiling water, cover, and let cook for about 2 mins or until soft but still firm. Drain water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Cut into one inch sections.

Assembly: Toss your quinoa with flax seeds, sesame seeds and almonds. Then layer all your veggies in a large bowl and dress with pesto, hummus and sriracha. Or, if you’re like me, just mix everything together and enjoy!!

Quinoa Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

I suggest making a large portion to last all week. You can have it on it’s own or put on top of a big kale or spinach salad. You can use any veggies you have on hand and/or any other sauces that you love! Quinoa bowls are so easy to make, delicious, and super filling! You can see all of my quinoa recipes here.

Quinoa Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 4 large beets peeled and cubed - I bought mine pre cooked from Trader Joe's
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a mix of white, black, and red quinoa)
  • 2 Tbs flax seeds
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbs slivered almonds
  • hummus - I used store bought, you can also use this bean-free recipe.
  • spicy kale & walnut pesto
  • sriracha
Instructions
  1. For the quinoa: In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of sea salt and cook covered until all the moisture is absorbed, about 15mins. Remove from heat and keep covered.
  2. In fill a saucepan about ½ inch with water and a dash of sea salt and bring to a boil. Cut white ends off asparagus and add to boiling water, cover, and let cook for about 2 mins or until soft but still firm. Drain water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Cut into one inch sections.
  3. Assembly: Toss your quinoa with flax seeds, sesame seeds and almonds. Then layer all your veggies in a large bowl and dress with pesto, hummus and sriracha. Or, if you're like me, just mix everything together and enjoy!!

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9 Responses to “Quinoa Superfood Bowl”

  1. Hannah June 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow, love this. And your pictures are amazing. What camera do you use to take your pictures? Thanks.

    • Linda June 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Thanks!! I use a canon 60D with a 50mm/1.4 lens :)

  2. Kori June 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    This is so pretty! Whenever people ask me how to go vegan I always try to tell them to make things like this – combining a grain + protein + vegetables + sauce. So many possibilities, so healthy, and no pressure of following a recipe exactly. I’ll make sure I send this one around! :)

    • Linda June 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Kori, exactly!! It’s just about piecing things together!! People always forget about the sauces and spices but that’s what makes food interesting!!

    • Linda June 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks Kori!! Yes, it’s just a matter of throwing things together and adding a delicious, healthy sauce!! Enjoy!!xo

  3. Peggi June 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    Not only looks pretty but super healthy. I came over from Food Gawker, I have my website with them too. I love finding new and healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing this one. I will have to impress my friends with this beauty.

  4. Kyla @ Two Cups Cacao June 15, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    This looks awesome. While I was going through the list of everything in this magnificent bowl, I was just getting more excited by the minute- you just put everything I love in one bowl! I am looking forward to trying this. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Linda June 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Thank Kyla, I hope you enjoy it!!

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