DIY + Tips and Tricks

Crazy for Quinoa: DIY Quinoa Bowls

Screen Shot 2016-10-28 at 5.41.08 PM.pngMany days I aimlessly walk in circles around the dining hall, trying to find something that will taste good, make me feel good, and overall be good for my body and health. Over the summer, I would constantly feel the struggle of wanting something nutritious that satisfied my taste buds but was easy to make.

Then I stumbled upon quinoa bowls! Food bowls are becoming the biggest health trend recently. Yogurt and acai bowls have become quite popular, as are some more unusual conceptions, like quinoa!  Quinoa is an extremely versatile food, much like rice, except, it is a complete protein, and contains many vitamins and minerals! Quinoa is a feel good food and I’m very excited to introduce recipes that can spice up your quinoa experience and are also super duper easy. They are so simple that anyone can make them, even my college students out there whose only access to a kitchen is the dining hall!

Fruity Quinoa Bowl

  • Strawberry
  • Walnuts
  • Kale
  • Kalamata Olive
  • Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

This first bowl is one my own creations. It’s a great combination of sweet and salty. I’m a big fan of putting nuts on salads and quinoa bowls, and have tried this specific recipe with almonds as a substitute for the walnuts and it was also delicious!

 

Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

  • Quinoa 
  • Chicken
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Yellow Corn
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Guacamole or just plain avocado

This concoction calls for the red bell peppers and onion to be sautéed, BUT if you’re lazy like me, the recipe works both with them and without them, and will taste good either way.

 

Greek Quinoa Bowl

  • Quinoa
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Cherry Tomato
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Chopped Red Onion
  • Black or Kalamata Olive   
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper

The Greek Quinoa Bowl is one of my favorites because it is super easy to make in the dining hall since all of the ingredients are already there! Yay! At home, this recipe will take all of 15 minutes just because you have to make the quinoa.


Those are just three of my favorite quinoa bowl recipes but the possibilities are endless. All of these recipes are subject to change based on your preferences and food restrictions! It is also really easy to make your own creations as well! Quinoa is extremely versatile, and is a great base food for whatever mood you’re in. Here are lists of ingredients that you can try different combinations of in your custom quinoa bowls.

Vegetables:

-Broccoli

-Kale

-Spinach

-Romaine Lettuce

-Pepper (any type)

-Olives

-Cucumbers

-Tomatoes

-Onions

-Carrots

-Avocados


Fruits:

-Strawberries

-Blackberries

-Blueberries

-Raspberries

-Pineapple


Toppings:

– Cashews

-Almonds

-Walnuts

-Feta Cheese

-Sesame Seeds

-Sunflower seeds


Dressings:

-Extra Virgin Olive oil mixed with

Apple cider vinegar

 Red wine vinegar

-Vinaigrette

-Hot sauce if you’re feeling frisky

By: Abby Snelling

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