BM #85 Week 2 Day 2 - 

Here is a Mexican-American Quinoa bowl which is a fantastic way to include all the healthy ingredients. This can be customized as per preference. 

The quinoa can be substituted with brown rice/white rice. The pinto beans can be substituted with red kidney beans/garbanzo beans etc. Kale or spinach or any other power greens can be included. Any salad vegetables like lettuce, onion, cucumbers can be included.

Sour Cream can be excluded to make it Vegan. The guacamole can be customized to individual taste buds. I found that the pumpkin seeds add a very interesting bite to the whole bowl.

A splash of Sriracha Sauce can be a garnish too. In my case, the guacamole was super spicy so I didn't need additional sauces.

Recipe Source
Ingredients - 

Quinoa 1/2 cup 
Pinto Beans 1/2 cup 
Assorted Vegetables finely chopped (Carrots, Green Beans, Colored Peppers) 2 cups
Peas 3 Tbsp
Corn 1/2 cup
Avocado, mashed 1 cup
Garlic 2-3 cloves
Salt, Pepper and Green Chili paste as needed
Lemon/Lime juice 2 Tbsp or as needed
Coriander leaves few
Olive Oil 2 Tbsp (divided use)
Kale or Spinach as needed
Pumpkin Seeds 2 Tbsp (Or as needed)
Sour Cream / Hung Curd 1-2 Tbsp (Optional)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Pinto beans 4-6 hours. Boil the beans with some salt and set aside.

Cook quinoa as per your preference (in a pressure cooker or in a pot on stovetop).

Blend the avocado, 1 tablespoon of oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, coriander leaves and green chili paste to make guacamole.

In a heated pan, add oil and saute the vegetables. After the vegetables are 80% cooked, add in the cooked and drained beans. Sprinkle salt and add green chili paste. Mix well.

Remove from heat. Allow it to cool a little.

In a wide bowl, arrange quinoa, the mixed vegetable-pinto beans mixture, chopped baby kale/spinach, pumpkin seeds, guacamole, sour cream/hung curd and sprinkle some salt and pepper.

Serve individual bowls.  


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, February 11, 2018


  1. Love these bowls, it is customizable to one's preference. it is also a balanced meal.

  2. Priya Suresh Says:
  3. Pavani tempted me a lot with her Buddha bowl and now you are killing me with this quinoa bowl, such a wholesome meal. Very filling and inviting.

  4. That is one amazing bowl of all healthy stuff. Love all the ingredients going in there.

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. We make this in stir fry version. Looks so tempting and delicious. Jayanthi(

  7. Pavani Says:
  8. Yumm, yumm!! This is my kind of a meal -- everything in a bowl and ENJOY!! Your bowl looks so filling and absolutely delicious.

  9. code2cook Says:
  10. These kind of bowls are very healthy to eat. I love them.

  11. Mayuri Patel Says:
  12. A healthy and filling quinoa bowl. Love all the ingredients you've added.

  13. what a healthy and refreshing bowl - looks so inviting

  14. Kalyani Says:
  15. thats a bowl I would love to dig into ! very well made and presented, Harini !

  16. That bowl looks so tempting. I would love to have this bowl for my lunch. This is packed with protein and perfect for vegetarians.

  17. sushma Says:
  18. Healthy and tasty bowl, perfect dish.

  19. Full of all the healthy ingredients, this bowl is a treat to the weight watchers :)

  20. Suma Gandlur Says:
  21. That is one filling and healthy bowl of goodness.

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