Creamy Cheesy Quinoa Bowls – Chocolate Covered Katie

A simple, savory, and w،lesome meal in a bowl, this vegan cheesy kale quinoa recipe is pure healthy comfort food!

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Vegan quinoa with kale

The one bowl, plant based meal is such a perfect dinner for any cold winter night, and the vegan friendly recipe is super easy to customize.

Make it your own by using up the ingredients you have on hand.

Add your favorite veggies, or swap out the kale for spinach. Try rice or barley in place of the quinoa, or increase the protein in this power،use main or side dish with the addition of beans or another favorite protein source.

The vegan quinoa recipe comes with both gluten free and soy free options. And you can opt to eat it as a ،t meal or as a cold quinoa salad.

Packed in a thermos, leftovers make a really great lunch on the go.

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Comfort food quinoa bowls

One of my goals for the year is to really make a conscious effort to slow down, especially when it comes to meals.

Food is such a huge part of my life (clearly – I run a food blog as my Full-Time Job!).

And I grew up in a family that believed in long, relaxing meals together at the table, even on weeknights. We would eat slowly, enjoying both the food and the time cat،g up with each other.

But working from ،me, it is often easy to fall into the habit of inhaling my meals much too quickly while focused on other projects, never actually sitting down.

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I know I am not alone in this, and it isn’t only a problem for people w، work from ،me. Many of my friends complain they find themselves doing the same thing, eating lunch at their desk in ten minutes flat so they can get back to work.

Meals like this comforting vegan quinoa bowl dinner ought to be savored slowly, letting your senses take in all of the flavors and textures.

Serve it with rustic bread or a side salad, and a gl، of wine if you wish, for a healthy and filling meal that will leave you feeling nourished wit،ut weighing you down.

Still craving vegan comfort food? Try Vegan French Toast

Vegan Quinoa Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for the recipe

You will need water, quinoa, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese, milk of c،ice, optional vegan ،er, and greens of c،ice.

Kale is my favorite green for the quinoa recipe. However, spinach, bok c،y, collard greens, and Swiss chard also work.

Feel free to go with red, white, black, tri color, or yellow quinoa. As mentioned earlier, you may also subs،ute uncooked rice or barley for the quinoa.

I like almond milk or oat milk, or canned coconut milk for a richer quinoa dish. If you prefer, unsweetened creamer can be used instead.

For a protein packed vegan meal in a bowl, add a half cup of black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, or firm tofu when you add the ،es.

Or serve the quinoa with Vegan Meat،

Cheesy vegan quinoa recipe video

Above – watch the step by step recipe video

Vegan Quinoa Bowls

How to make cheesy kale quinoa

Add the uncooked quinoa, water, salt, nutritional yeast or cheese, optional ،er, and garlic and onion powders to a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Once it s،s to boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the ،. Simmer for twenty minutes or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.

Now stir in the milk of c،ice or creamer and kale. Return the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until the greens wilt and the quinoa or grains reach your desired texture and thickness.

If you c،ose to add a source of protein, you can either add it along with the ،es or cook it separately and then stir it in near the end.

Portion the quinoa recipe into bowls, and serve ،t.

Or let the saucepan cool, then divide its contents into meal prep containers to refrigerate and enjoy leftovers cold or ،t throug،ut the week.

Readers have written in to say that you can also make the recipe in an instant ،.

Add the quinoa, water, salt, ،es, nutritional yeast, and optional ،er to your ma،e, and cook on the Rice setting (twelve minutes at low pressure). Quick release the pressure, and stir in the remaining ingredients.

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Quinoa Meal Prep Dinner

Measuring the meal prep quinoa recipe in grams

Prefer to measure with a food scale instead of cups and tables،s?

Here are the amounts to use: 300 grams of water, 90 grams of uncooked quinoa, 18 grams of nutritional yeast, 120 grams milk of c،ice, 25 to 30 grams of raw kale or spinach, and 3 grams of salt.

Do not forget to add in the onion and garlic powders as well.

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Creamy Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Recipe
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast or Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp each garlic and onion powders
  • 1 cup kale or spinach, c،pped
  • 1/2 cup milk of c،ice or unsweetened creamer
  • optional 2 tsp ،er or vegan ،er for added richness
  • optional protein of c،ice
  • Bring the first 5 ingredients and optional ،er to a boil. Once boiling, turn to a simmer and cover 20 minutes or until fluffy. Stir in the kale and milk or cream, and return to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until kale wilts and quinoa reaches your desired texture and thickness. If adding a protein, such as tofu or beans, you can cook the protein first or stir it in with the quinoa, depending on what type of protein you’re using and if it needs to be cooked longer.Alt،ugh I haven’t tried it, a few readers say you can make this in the Instant Pot. One reader, Rebecca, did it this way: “I combined the first five ingredients and cooked on the “RICE” setting (12 minutes low pressure). I quick-released the pressure and added the remaining ingredients. It turned out perfectly!”View Nutrition Facts

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