Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Hummus
These Mediterranean quinoa bowls combine quinoa, roasted eggplant, crispy chickpeas, and hummus for a healthy and satisfying vegan meal. High protein, flavorful & great for meal prep too!
Ever since I transitioned my diet to be mostly plant-based, I have found a whole new obsession with hummus. I’m not kidding…I’m eating it with everything!
Whether I’m spreading it on a rice cake or enjoying it with some carrot sticks for a quick snack, adding it to my lunchtime wraps, or even whisking it into my salad dressing, hummus has quickly become a staple in my fridge.
And even better, this little spread is the perfect topping for meals. It's just one part of these delicious Mediterranean quinoa bowls, and it's a simple way to amp up the protein content, while also adding a creamy texture!
How to Make Roasted Eggplant
First things first, let's talk eggplant. A lot of people aren't eggplant fans – Matt being one of them – but I honestly think eggplant is one of those foods that's usually cooked wrong. If you don't like mushy or slimy, I get it.
My secret? Roasting it!
Here's how to make roasted eggplant:
- Cut the eggplant into thin circles, then cut those circles in half
- Give them a light mist of cooking spray and season with salt and pepper
- Pop them immediately into a preheated 425ºF oven
- Cook for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through
That should result in pieces of eggplant that aren't too mushy, are somewhat crispy, and have a nice charred flavor to them.
Ingredients for Our Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls
I wanted to focus on getting in as much protein as possible into the bowls, while still making them balanced and delicious. Here's what we're using (with some substitution ideas as well):
- Quinoa: our grain base, but feel free to use brown rice or millet
- Crispy chickpeas: either homemade or store-bought
- Roasted eggplant: feel free to swap with any other roasted veggie – cauliflower maybe?!
- Arugula: I love the spiciness, but you can use any green you want
- Tomatoes: for a bit of sweetness and freshness
- Olives: for salt and fat – feel free to replace with avocado
- Hummus: for added protein and texture – I wouldn't recommend replacing, but feel free to use any flavor you like!
And then we're finishing things off with a simple tahini sauce!
How to Make the Perfect Quinoa Bowl
There is no such thing as the “perfect” bowl, but I aim for balance with my quinoa bowls. I want a mix of all the macros, as well as some greens. So that's what you'll find in almost all of my bowls.
This recipe is no exception!
- Carbohydrates: we've got carbs in our quinoa, hummus, chickpeas, and tomatoes
- Protein: we've got protein in our quinoa, hummus, and crispy chickpeas
- Healthy fat: we've got healthy fat in the olives and the dressing
- Greens: our arugula (which you can swap with any other green you'd like)
These bowls are not only balanced, but they're also delicious!
Quinoa Bowls = Meal Prep Made Easy
One of my favorite thing about quinoa bowls is how meal prep-friendly they are. And these Mediterranean quinoa bowls are no exception.
You can make the whole thing at least 3 – 4 days in advance, or enjoy dinner leftovers for lunch the next day.
Plus, if you've got a partner who doesn't eat plant-based, you can swap the chickpeas for their favorite protein of choice. This would be delicious with steak, grilled chicken, or even shrimp. Feel free to also change up the hummus flavor to give it a bit more pop!
And if you just really love meal prep + quinoa, try one of these amazing 6 flavors of quinoa bowls. We also have a post with 35 delicious quinoa bowls for even more inspo!
More Healthy Quinoa Bowls to Try:
- Asian Quinoa Bowls with Peanut Baked Tofu
- Teriyaki Quinoa Bowls
- Curry Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
- 10-Minute Ginger Quinoa Bowl
- Chipotle Tofu Quinoa Bowls
Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Hummus
for the eggplant:
- 1 large eggplant
- Cooking spray
- s]Salt & pepper to taste
for the quinoa bowls:
- 2 cups crispy chickpeas
- 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 4 cups arugula
- 1 cup classic hummus
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, diced
- Fresh herbs to garnish (like parsley and mint)
- Tahini sauce to drizzle
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Slice the eggplant lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray. Season on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the eggplant is golden brown and crispy on the outside.
- Get 4 bowls and add the following to each bowl: 1/2 cup chickpeas, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1 cup arugula, 1/4 cup hummus, 2 tablespoons olives, and 1/4 of the eggplant.
- Drizzle with tahini sauce and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.
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We enjoyed this bowl. Once tried per recipe and next time we tried omitting hummus and tahini drizzle but added roasted beets, Greek yogurt and a lemon zataar dressing…we really thought the lemon brought out the flavors of the Mediterranean!
Love those additions! Sounds delicious!!
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My two favorite flavors of Sabra Hummus right now are the roasted beet and the ginger sesame. So good.
Where do you live?! I’ve never seen those flavors before!!
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
You could try their website.
Quinoa bowls are always so filling. Pinned this!
Love quinoa bowls! Pinning this!
I love your hummus bowls, they look absolutely gorgeous! Pinning this 🙂
Thanks so much!
With no disrespect intended, why would you eat so many healthy foods and then add the Sabra hummus? It is made with soybean oil (Prob GMO) and preservatives. I would love to be able to go to a grocery store besides Whole Foods and buy hummus. Maybe you can challenge them on their ingredients. I love your recipes.
Omg I”m obsessed – love the dressing on the arugula salad, the crunchy chickpeas and those veggies – oh my gosh – gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing this!
That dressing is killer. Would go great WITH so many things 🙂
as much as I LOVE my homemade hummus, Sabra is my go to if I am short on time or… need hummus immediately 😉
this bowl is PERFECTION.
Same with me! It’s always what I turn to when I’m in a hummus pinch 😉
I heart hummus. The eggplant is sure calling my name too
The grilled eggplant was totally a key to making this bowl distinctly Mediterranean 🙂
OMG this looks so good. I love hummus and I love Sabra brand!
I want to dive head first into that bowl!
I think we should make every day national hummus day 😉
I know, right!? I pretty much do with the amount of hummus I consume 🙂