11 Quinoa Bowls That Make It Easy (And Delicious!) To Eat Clean

mbg Contributor By Leah Vanderveldt
mbg Contributor
Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.

The concept of "bowl" meals is pretty simple — you toss a bunch of ingredients into a specifically shaped dish, add a bit of finesse, and POOF! it's a cohesive meal.

Bowls are catching on because they're easy to make, unfussy, and create a satisfying meal if you keep three main components in mind:

  1. Base (grains and greens)
  2. Vegetables and/or fruits
  3. Toppings (herbs, nuts/seeds, dressings)

Quinoa is a great base because it's gluten-free and protein-packed, and it's one of the quickest cooking grains (OK, it's actually a seed, but you know what I mean).

Cook up a big batch of quinoa in advance (it takes only 15 minutes!) and turn it into some of these tasty quinoa-based bowls.

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Coconut Milk Breakfast Quinoa

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Recipe: Coconut Milk Breakfast Quinoa

Superfood Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

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Quinoa, Kale + Pesto Breakfast Bowls

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Recipe: Quinoa, Kale + Pesto Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa Taco Salad + Chipotle Lime Dressing

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Recipe: Quinoa Taco Salad With Chipotle Lime Dressing

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Balsamic Chicken Salad Bowls

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Recipe: Balsamic Chicken Salad Bowls

Curried Coconut Quinoa With Greens + Roasted Cauliflower

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Recipe: Curried Coconut Quinoa with Greens + Roasted Cauliflower

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Loaded Greek-Style Quinoa Bowls

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Recipe: Loaded Greek-Style Quinoa Bowls

Spicy Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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Recipe: Spicy Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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Salmon, Quinoa + Kale Bowl With Tahini Yogurt Sauce

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Recipe: Salmon, Quinoa and Kale Bowl With Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls

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Recipe: Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl

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Recipe: Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl

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