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Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl

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A Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl makes for a flavorful lunch or light dinner. A delicious way to get back on track with a healthier diet!

Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl | A healthy, flavor packed meal!

Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl

New Year’s Day has come and gone.  And maybe your resolutions have, too! Have your thoughts moved from healthy meals to choosing which outrageously decadent dessert to make on Valentine’s Day?

If you resolved to eat better in 2018, it’s not too late. I’m sharing a healthy, veggie packed Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl that will leave you satisfied. And if you love lentils, too, this Mediterranean French Lentil Salad is another winner!

Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl | A healthy, flavor packed meal!

A Healthy, Lower Carb Dish

Since I try to watch my carbs, I took the idea of a rice bowl and used quinoa instead. A decent source of protein, quinoa is both filling and lower on the glycemic index than rice. Then adding loads of veggies provided more nutritive value via fiber and vitamins.

Plus, edamame is another plant based protein source. Finally, dressing this dish with a flavorful dressing with ginger, garlic, Sriracha, and cilantro made for a healthy quinoa bowl with an extraordinary flavor profile!

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Healthy Rice Bowls:

Here are some healthy alternatives for your New Year’s diet. Rice, cauliflower rice and even quinoa make delicious, healthy “rice” bowls. Check out the terrific recipes below!

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Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl | A healthy, flavor packed meal!

Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl

 A Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl makes for a flavorful lunch or light dinner.  A delicious way to get back on track with a healthier diet!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Entree, Side dish
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Asian-American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked in chicken or vegetable broth according to package instructions (use vegetable broth for vegetarian version)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into very thin, julienned strips
  • 1/2 English cucumber, cut into quarters lengthwise, then very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • I cup frozen edamame, thawed

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, plus sprigs to garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

Add cooked quinoa to a serving bowl and set aside.

Make dressing by whisking together the rice wine vinegar, lime juice, sriracha, and honey. Add the garlic, ginger and cilantro and mix to combine. Slowly whisk in the sesame and vegetable oil until an emulsion forms.

Add about half of the dressing to the quinoa and toss to combine.

Fill a salad bowl or plate with the quinoa, then arrange the vegetables on top. Garnish with cilantro if desired.  Drizzle with more dressing to serve.

Alternatively, you can serve this family style by topping the full portion of quinoa with all the vegetables and pass the dressing along with the serving bowl.

Notes

For a vegan version, use vegetable broth or salted water to cook the quinoa, substitute sugar for the honey, and omit the fish sauce.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 227kcal
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 346mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0
Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl | A healthy, flavor packed meal!

 

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21 comments on “Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl”

  1. Love this quinoa bowl loaded with fresh veggies!

  2. I still haven’t tried quinoa! Your dressing sounds nice and zingy with lots of flavor:@)

  3. My daughter will absolutely love this since she adores quinoa and the ginger will just put it in her must make dishes she plans for going to university. Thanks for this, Liz.

  4. I love quinoa but I always forget to make it … until I see delicious recipes like this! Great idea with all the Thai flavors. I think my hubby would love this too!

  5. With that delicious dressing, I could probably eat my weight in this dish!

  6. This looks and sounds awesome Liz. My thyroid has a minor inflammation so I’m taking a synthetic hormone to hopefully get it back to ship shape so I’m trying to avoid glutens too. Did you know that Brazil nuts are excellent for thyroid conditions? Just one to two a day helps boost the immune system. I guess I’ll find out in six weeks if I’ll have to continue with the hormone treatment, in the meantime, this healthy and tadty dish will keep me on track!

  7. I like quinoa but I don’t cook it very often, I have to try your healthy bowl. Happy Sunday!

  8. I like quinoa but I don’t cook it very often, thank you for this delicious looking recipe and a happy Sunday to you.

  9. Looks delicious Lizzy! My daugther love quinoa !! xoxo a lovely recipe!

  10. A little sweet, a little spicy sounds so good and healthy!

  11. The combination of flavors and textures look so delicious.

  12. Love all the colorful crunchy veg and Thai-style dressings have such flavor.

  13. This looks so beautiful and fresh, my dream lunch!

  14. That looks really healthy and delicious! I bet it’s good for a detox.

  15. This is twice now with the edamame in these bowls and I am more than convinced with how great they are for you and now the quinoa- such a healthy choice and I love these Thai flavors- I could eat this day after day!

  16. This looks awesome! I love that it is veggie based and that lime on top is a great idea. It’s amazing how much a little squeeze of lemon or lime can change a dish for the better.

  17. no idea how I missed this one! perfect for my diet and I am loving everything in it!

  18. Such a fresh healthy looking bowl!

  19. This is one picturesque salad and I bet it’s delicious!

  20. This is an easy way to change up the healthy meals in my rotation. thanks!

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