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Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls // an easy lunch or dinner recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make!

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Spicy kimchi quinoa bowls. Best. Meal. EVER.

I’ve been kind of loving kimchi lately. It’s spicy, tangy, sour and has a slightly wacky flavor that surprises my taste buds every time. And I love that each batch is just a tiny bit different. If you’re not familiar with kimchi, it’s a traditional Korean side dish that’s made from a variety of fermented veggies typically seasoned to be spicy. The main ingredient is usually napa cabbage – and I’m using usually as a fairly loose term because it can really be made with any vegetables that you like.

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While I haven’t personally made my own kimchi yet, I know that it’s not hard to make at home. That’s on my list next because a little jar at my grocery store is pretty darn expensive.

Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls // a gluten-free dish that's filled with bacteria that's good for your gut

If you follow me on Facebook then you might have noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of articles about gut health recently. It’s something that I’ve been reading a lot more about and I’m really starting to understand how integral our gut is to our overall health.

Without a healthy gut, we can see problems such as:

Digestive issues like gas, bloating and diarrhea
Food allergies
Autoimmune diseases
Skin problems like eczema
…and even diabetes

Good thing is, there are things we can do to improve gut health, one of them being the foods we eat.

And fermented foods is a great place to start.

Fill your body with lean protein, leafy greens and good bacteria with these Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls

Fermented foods, like kimchi, are filled with bacteria. But not the scary kind of bacteria. The kind of bacteria that helps the flora in our gut flourish. The good kind.

Removing inflammatory foods – like gluten and dairy – is another way that we can help our guts get back on track (like the recipes here on Simply Quinoa!). You can also take probiotics which is something that I try to do on a daily basis.

So kimchi, the star ingredient in these kimchi quinoa bowls, is a food that tastes good and is good for us too. Win-win!

I was never a fan of kimchi until I tried these delicious Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls. Now they're a go-to meal!

These bowls are another one of my meals that couldn’t be easier to make. They’re kind of like the veggie quinoa fried rice, but just swapping in kimchi and adding the egg on top instead of mixing it in.

I also added in some steamed kale, which you could choose to include or not, for some a little bit more nutrients and to up my green intake. Plus I kind of just adore an over-easy egg with finely sliced kale. The mixture is superb.

Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls // a healthy, quick and delicious meal the whole family will adore!

This recipe makes a great lunch or an easy dinner. You can whip it up in less than 15 minutes or reheat when you get to the office. It’s filled with protein, fiber, greens and good bacteria, so you’ll feel full, healthy and your tummy will be smiling. And if eggs aren’t your thing, just swap them out for your favorite lean protein – chicken, shrimp, tofu and chickpeas would also be a lovely choice.

Enjoy!

xx Alyssa

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Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls

Spicy kimchi quinoa bowls. Best. Meal. EVER.

Course Main Course
Cuisine korean
Keyword egg, kimchi, quinoa bowl
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 359 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa cooled
  • 1 cup kimchi chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kimchi "juice" the liquid from the jar
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce optional
  • 2 cups kale finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions for garnish optional
  • Fresh ground pepper for garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 30 - 60 seconds until fragrant. Add the quinoa and kimchi and cook until hot, about 2 - 3 minutes. Stir in kimchi juice, tamari and hot sauce if using. Turn to low and stir occasionally while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. In a separate skillet, cook the eggs on low until the whites have cooked through but the yolks are still runny, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  3. Steam the kale in a separate pot for 30 - 60 seconds until soft.
  4. Assemble the bowls, dividing the kimchi-quinoa mixture and kale evenly between two dishes. Top with green onions and fresh pepper if using.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is easily doubled for a larger crowd or for having leftovers to take to work.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 489mg 20%
Potassium 707mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 138.6%
Vitamin C 99.8%
Calcium 15.7%
Iron 25.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. This was SO good. It’s not as “kimchi-ey” as I was expecting. I don’t eat eggs, so I added chickpeas to the quinoa mixture for some extra protein. Seriously one of my favorite meals. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Hi Alyssa! I plan on making this tonight- I ADORE kimchi and am trying to get back on track with my plant based/mostly vegan diet. I have had some recent health scares and need to do this! My husband and I don’t eat eggs anymore though (but your pictures made me drool…I loved eggs over my bibimbap and kimchi once upon a time….), I noticed you mentioned that you could add chickpeas in as a source of protein. I have a couple cans of chickpeas but I am new to using them how would you add them in? Just toss them in at the beginning with everything else? Do I rinse them first? Or would you put them in at the end just over the top? Sorry if it’s a silly question- I’m just so new to them! And definitely a cooking novice 😉 Thank you for the great recipe- can’t wait to try!

    • I made this as promised and added one can of rinsed chickpeas. I wasn’t sure how many to add or if I should have added them earlier (I did so at the end along with throwing the kale in too) and it was delicious! I think because we added such a large amount of extra it needed more hot sauce but that is a super easy fix and definitely to taste preference. My husband isn’t a big spice guy and even he added more but being part Korean, I love my spice. 😉 Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for the recipe and to report back that not only was it delicious but if anyone else wanted to add chickpeas, I would recommend a tad more spice to keep all the flavors popping. Yum!

  3. Checked the Korean store down the street. All their kimchi contains fish sauce or shrimp. I have not found a vegetarian kimchi.

  4. Great kimchi recipes (and other Korean recipes) can be found here: https://www.maangchi.com/recipes/kimchi

    The one kimchi recipe you are posting in your comments is not a traditional Korean recipe, so I thought u might like to check this website out, if you are looking for more authentic. 🙂

    Hope u enjoy as much as I do!

    Will definitely need to check out some of the quinoa bowl recipes u posted, thanks!!! Here is a good quinoa recipe that isn’t a “bowl” but still very tasty! Enjoy.

  5. This tasting really delicious, but boy Kimchi really does stink. I was almost knocked over by the smell when I opened my bag of kimchi from whole foods, and it’s still lingering around the kitchen hours after I made it. Won’t stop me from eating it again though, just not when I’m planning to have guests over 🙂

  6. I made this for dinner tonight – it was my first time trying Kimchi, and although I didn’t know what to expect, I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. Ive never had kim chi before but ordered some on amazon. And we had this recipe tonight. I poach the egg. OMG this is really yummy! I love asian foods but never had korean before. Can you make your own kim chi?

  8. I’ve never had kimchi before. I do love anything with a fried egg though so I bet these are super tasty!

  9. This looks amazing! I mean anything with a fried egg catches my eye, but I happen to love kimchi too. Don’t know why I never think to make it at home! This is so going on one of my menu plans soon!

  10. I LOVE kimchi – now if I could just get the hubs on board we could enjoy this delicious bowl together

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