December 1, 2021

by Alyssa

Autumn Harvest Quinoa Bowls

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These cozy harvest quinoa bowls feature roasted squash and brussels sprouts, steamed kale, and spiced chickpeas. The perfect nourishing meal for a chilly day. 

These bowls are great for meal prep, they're naturally gluten-free and vegan, and they're simple to make!

bowl with quinoa, kale and fall vegetables with dressing poured on

AND they feature some of my favorite fall produce:

  • roasted squash (delicata)
  • crispy brussels sprouts
  • steamed kale
  • spiced chickpeas

All drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing.

But my favorite thing about this recipe is that it can be easily customized with the ingredients you have on hand. It's a hearty, comforting, and delicious autumn-inspired recipe!

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roasted squash and brussels on a baking sheet

How to Make Harvest Quinoa Bowls

When I think about a quinoa bowl, or any bowl with a base of grains, I use a simple formula. I like to start with quinoa or another whole grain on the bottom. Then add a mixture of colorful vegetables to maximize nutrition.

I love combining some sort of starchy vegetable (like squash or sweet potato), a green vegetable and dark leafy greens. For protein, I'll add a plant-based source like nuts or beans. And of course, I top it with a creamy drizzle of homemade dressing.

This harvest quinoa bowl is no different!

ingredients for fall harvest quinoa bowls with squash and kale

Ingredient Notes

Here's what you'll need to make these simple, seasonal grain bowls:

  • Squash. You can use any kind, but I love delicata. Butternut, acorn, or even sugar pumpkin will all work well.
  • Brussels sprouts. The great part about pairing squash and Brussels is that they roast at about the same rate, so you get crispy on the outside, soft on the inside veggies.
  • Olive oil. to help the veggies crisp up and add flavor.
  • Fresh rosemary. For seasonal herby goodness.
  • Garlic powder. You can also use minced fresh garlic if you prefer.
  • Kale. Steaming the kale makes it easier to eat and digest!
  • Chickpeas. A great no-cook vegan protein source for your grain bowls.
  • Smoked paprika. I like to add a touch of warm smoky flavor to the chickpeas.

two bowls of quiona, vegetables and chickpeas with dressing

What is Delicata Squash?

Delicata squash, if you aren't familiar with it, tastes kind of like acorn squash but it has a more delicate skin. So while you could peel it, you certainly don't need to.

I often slice the squash into half-moons and simply roast them until tender.

Ingredient Swaps and Substitutions

If you don't have every ingredient to make these bowls, that's no problem! HEre are a few simple swaps or additions you can make with the ingredients on hand:

  • Use any kind of whole grains instead of quinoa. Farro, barley or brown rice are all great options.
  • Swap rosemary for any other fresh herbs you love. I'd try thyme, oregano or parsley.
  • Add extra spices to your chickpeas, such as cumin or cayenne if you like extra heat.
  • Swap chickpeas with another protein sources, such as nuts (pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts will work) or another bean, like black or white beans. Tofu would work too!
  • Replace kale with another leafy green or veggie like spinach, broccoli or chard
  • Add sweetness with dried cranberries or dates!

overhead of a bowl of quinoa, squash and brussels sprouts with dressing

Creamy Tahini  Dressing

The homemade sauce on these grain bowls really brings everything together. Plus, you can use it on much more than quinoa bowls! Here's what you need to whip it up:

  • Tahini
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard

That's right, just three ingredients (plus water, salt and pepper). And you can use this delicious dressing on any salad!

pouring dressing onto a quinoa bowl with squash and brussels

Meal Prep Quinoa Bowls

This dish is really easy to meal prep. You can whip up everything ahead of time, pre-portion it out into containers, and have it for meals all week long! Leave the dressing off until just before serving.

It won't take you more than 40 minutes to make this entire dish, which will end up saving you so much time during the week. Isn't it such a great feeling when you don't have to worry about cooking?

More Easy Meal Prep Friendly Recipes to try:

If you make these Harvest Quinoa Bowls, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!


Autumn Harvest Quinoa Bowls

These easy meal-prep-friendly Harvest Quinoa Bowls are topped with steamed quinoa, brussels sprouts and high-protein chickpeas.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 624kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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overhead of a bowl of quinoa, squash and brussels sprouts with dressing
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  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut into half moon shapes, about 1/2" thick.
    sliced delicata squash on a cutting board
  • Add the squash along with the brussels sprouts, oil, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper into a large bowl, and toss to combine. Transfer this mixture to a baking sheet and roast on the center rack for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    collage of tossing squash and brussels sprouts in a mixing bowl
  • While the veggies are roasting, steam the kale in a large steamer basket. Set this aside.
    collage of massaging kale in a colander
  • In a separate bowl, toss together the chickpeas and paprika.
    collage of seasoning chickpeas in a white bowl
  • Assemble the bowls by dividing the quinoa, kale, chickpeas and roasted veggies evenly between two bowls.
    pouring dressing onto a quinoa bowl with squash and brussels
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the two bowls and enjoy immediately.
    collage of mixing dressing for harvest quinoa bowl


Calories: 624kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 2203mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 14355IU | Vitamin C: 223.9mg | Calcium: 362mg | Iron: 8.9mg




These warm Harvest Quinoa Bowls are packed with fall produce, protein-packed quinoa and drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing!

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