Quinoa Spinach Bowl

October 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm 13 comments

Tonight I wasn’t feeling very well an wanted something super light, yet still highly nutritious. I was glad when I saw my sister post this recipe to her Pinterest board. I’ve been seeing so many delicious recipes there lately!

I’ve been doing a lot of these types of bowls because they are easy…and luckiy my entire family will eat them. :) Eating healthy, whole foods does not have to be difficult!

I started out by making the quinoa (2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa) with a veggie bouillon cube and I added a handful of diced sweet potato to it while it cooked.

When it was done, I opened the lid and put a couple handfuls of fresh spinach in and put the lid back on with the burner off. After it steamed lightly for a few minutes, I put it all in bowls and topped it with herbed goat cheese and avocado.

This could be customized so many ways! I would have added some shitakes if I had them, or maybe some cranberries. You could also leave out the boullion and top it with a yummy light dressing (Martha Stewart does a light vinaigrette in her original recipe).

Have fun with it and then come back and tell me what you did!

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  • 1. leslie  |  October 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Bowls are one of my favorite things to make. I do quinoa with steamed spinach as well. We like some chopped raw green stuff like bell peppers, broccoli, etc. and then avocado, Bragg’s and nutritional yeast on top. It’s yummy!

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  • 2. Cara  |  October 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Bowl meals are wonderful, and so many variations! Great ways to use up this and that, easy, yummy. Checked out that Pinterest link – I’m over there as cara4art, and I follow your boards. Such a great inspiring place!

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  • 3. Stephanie  |  October 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I LOVE doing bowls (less to wash after!)…my boys like everything separated but their meals are very simple so it’s no biggie to make this for me & my love.
    I have been obsessed with making teff porridge and them topping with homemade tomato sauce, baby Kale and goat cheese.

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  • 4. Katie  |  October 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Yummy, I like this idea of bowls. What type quinoa do you use? I hate to be a complainer but I shy away from quinoa because I dont like rinsing it. Boo hoo for me, ha!

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    • 5. livelightly  |  October 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Katie…I never wash the quinoa! I don’t have a strainer that works with it. I’m such a rebel :) And I’m still alive. I’ve never noticed a difference in taste and never see any stones, etc in mine. I suspect perhaps they’ve already been washed in processing.

      I use white quinoa, but love the red and black when I can get it.

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      • 6. Luvy Leal-Lawrence  |  November 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        I dump my quinoa in a bowl, douse it with water and spoon it out with a soup spoon onto my mini powdered sugar sifter. Takes a little time, but I have to keep my kitchen utensils to a minimum in my mini kitchen :) I don’t think it makes a HUGE deal, but I find that the flavor of the quinoa is less bitter.

  • 7. happygirl  |  October 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve never tried quinoa. I can’t wait to try it. LOVED the kale and rice. Yummy.

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  • 9. Cammie  |  October 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I’m so happy you started blogging here again! I’ve been experimenting with quinoa recipes. My family isn’t crazy about them, so I’m hoping to find something they really like. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • 10. Professor Vegetable  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Sweet potato and quinoa is a really unique combination. I would love to try it with shiitake mushrooms. And I was thinking that you could substitute other greens for the spinach. I would love to try this recipe with collards.

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  • 11. Andrea  |  November 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Yum. I used feta as I didn’t have any goat cheese on hand. I didn’t rinse my quinoa either, and I think it tastes the same. I also just used water and no veggie bouillon cube, and I thought the flavor was great. Thanks for the idea!

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  • 12. Shannon  |  December 2, 2011 at 7:04 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’m in my first trimester and eating has really been a challenge. I made this for dinner last night, and I threw some ginger in with the quinoa and sweet potato and I ate two bowls of it! I omitted the goat cheese but everything was just so perfect and it really hit the spot. I have a feeling I’ll be making this dish a LOT during my pregnancy.

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  • 13. Laura p  |  April 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Love new ,healthy,tasty ideas. Thank u

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