I've rounded up the best quinoa bowl recipes to inspire you to eat more grains in the most delicious ways possible. Enjoy!
How to Make Quinoa Bowls
But before we can dive into our best quinoa bowls, let's first chat about how to make a quinoa bowl. For me, a perfect quinoa bowl takes just a few simple components:
And from there, you can create any quinoa bowl you want! If you want to see how we use a “quinoa bowl formula” of sorts, our post about Healthy Quinoa Bowls shows you how to use cooked quinoa and make 6 different quinoa bowls recipes!
Easy Quinoa Bowl Toppings
Once you've got your “formula” down so to speak, another easy way to add flavor and/or excitement to your bowl is with toppings. There are so many quinoa bowl toppings to choose from, but some of my favorites are:
Chopped nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc. are all great options – bonus flavor points if you toast them ahead of time
Seeds: similar to nuts, seeds are a great way to add crunch and added protein to your bowl – I personally love hemp seeds!
Pepper flakes: if you're a fan of spice, these are a simple way to kick it up a notch
Herbs: fresh herbs are always an amazing way to add a little extra flavor – try to pair your herbs with the flavor of your bowl so everything stays cohesive
Can You Make The Bowls Ahead?
Quinoa bowls are the perfect meal prep recipe. Almost all components can be made ahead and either stored together as the full bowl or stored separately for making multiple meals throughout the week. We do recommend storing sauces separately as they can wilt greens and other ingredients if you are using them.
Plant-Based Quinoa Bowl Recipes
We're kicking this list off with my favorite plant-based recipes. These bowls feature plant-based proteins including tofu and beans!
Ginger Quinoa Bowl
Need a meal that takes about 10 minutes to make? These Ginger Quinoa Bowls are a super-fast plant-based meal loaded with tummy-soothing ginger.
Spiralized Butternut Squash Bowls with Harissa Chickpeans
Instead of simple roasted squash/sweet potato (which tends to be my go-to), these bowls have spiralized butternut squash. Yes, that means squash turned into noodles! Along with quinoa, pomegranates and spiced chickpeas.
These nourishing Quinoa Buddha Bowls are served with paprika roasted butternut squash, garlic roasted beets, lemony kale and broccoli, paprika-spiced chickpeas and served with a creamy tahini-miso dressing!
Chili Roasted Sweet Potato + Black Bean Quinoa Bowl
Packed with fiber, protein, and flavor this bowl is the perfect combo of light and hearty. With roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, and quinoa to help fill you out, that is balanced out with crispy romaine and a creamy avocado sauce.
This warm quinoa bowl is the perfect cozy meal. With a base of greens, then topped with roasted squash, protein-rich lentils, fluffy quinoa and creamy avocado. Finished with hemp seeds for crunch and protein.
Next up, we've got bowl recipes where the main protein source (aside from the quinoa of course!) comes from sources like eggs, fish, chicken, and red meat. These are also all excellent meal prep options! For the ones using fried or soft-boiled eggs, simply add a hard-boiled egg instead.
Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls
These healthy quinoa bowls are loaded with gut-friendly probiotics from fermented kimchi. They've also got kale, fluffy white quinoa and a fried egg for extra protein.
These healthy bowls are made with a blend of protein-rich lentils and red wine-glazed mushrooms. Served with sauteed spinach for added nutrition and a fried egg for even more protein. They're simple, healthy and so delicious!
If you’re looking for a quick, healthy weeknight dinner, these salmon and quinoa bowls hit all your marks. Heart-healthy salmon, leafy greens, whole grains, legumes, probiotic-rich yogurt, and creamy tahini.
This light and healthy quinoa bowl features spiced shrimp along with other veggies like fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and greens. Served with avocado for healthy fats and fresh herbs for a bit of extra flavor.
You might not think of eating butternut squash for breakfast, but these bowls make it totally delicious. They're caramelized in maple syrup, then served with cinnamon quinoa, yogurt and crunch coconut flakes.
This quinoa bowl recipe uses quinoa flakes instead of cooked quinoa which creates a more porridge-like consistency. Sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with dark chocolate, these bowls might taste like a dessert but are certainly healthy enough for breakfast!
Quinoa on its own is a fabulous food for breakfast. High in protein and fiber it will keep you nice and full! With this recipe, we're making a homemade strawberry "milk" that gets poured over cooked white quinoa and fresh fruit. It's sweet, summery and delicious!
Start your day with a bowl of pumpkin breakfast quinoa. It's warm, comforting, and incredibly nutritious with quinoa flakes, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and spices. Packed with fiber, protein + vitamins!
Quick and easy breakfast quinoa that's flavored with chai, filled with protein, and takes just 5 minutes to make. With 16g of plant-based protein in each bowl, this recipe will quickly become your morning go-to!
In a hurry? This 90-second quinoa breakfast bowl is an amazing option. Loaded with antioxidants from the blueberries, as well as fiber and protein from the quinoa flakes, this bowl will keep you full and satisfied all morning long.
Our final recipe on the list is a savory one for everyone who prefers savory breakfast options. These Mexican-inspired quinoa breakfast bowls are the perfect way to start your day! Protein-packed, with creamy avocado, cilantro-lime quinoa, and soft-boiled eggs on top!