Quinoa and veggie Buddha bowl with lemon-tahini dressing

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 3-4 servings     adjust servings

A filling, but light, vegetarian quinoa Buddha bowl with a tangy, delicious dressing!

Ingredients

    For the Buddha bowl

    • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper or 4-6 mixed smaller sweet peppers, cut into thin strips
    • 1 14 oz. can chick peas, rinsed and drained (or 1 bag crock pot chick peas)
    • 3 medium carrots, peeled into thin strips
    • 2 heaping cups spinach, roughly chopped

    For the lemon-tahini dressing

    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons tahini (a sesame seed paste)
    • 2 tablespoons water, divided
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

      For the Buddha bowl:

      1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
      2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium sized pan over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
      3. Turn off the heat and stir in the chick peas and carrots. This helps warm them through. Just before serving, stir in the spinach (you don’t want it to cook or wilt, just to combine with the other veggies).

      For the dressing:

      1. Whisk together lemon juice, tahini, one tablespoon of the water, soy sauce, garlic, cayenne (if using) and salt and pepper. (Or add them all to a small jar or container and shake it up.)
      2. Add up to the additional tablespoon of water if needed for the right consistency. (This will depend on how thick or runny your tahini is.)

      Assemble the bowls:

      1. Divide quinoa between four bowls. Top with sautéed peppers, chick peas, carrots and spinach.
      2. Drizzle dressing over everything and enjoy!
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