Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl
Special thanks to Pacific Foods for sponsoring this post!
If you’re a long time TMS follower you may remember I had a little bit of a health scare around this time last year. I had completely run myself into the ground and my body was telling me through my skin. I would react after eating nearly anything. My face would swell up, become extremely dry and itchy and then peel off… it was like nothing I had ever experienced. Through lots of research I found out that the reaction on my face was essentially my body reacting to stress. I made a plan with my naturopath…it was time for entire life overhaul. I needed to slow down, sleep more, reduce my stress levels and be more mindful of what I was putting into my body. Before this health scare I tried to eat healthy but I didn’t always focus on how I was nourishing my body in all facets of my life.
In the last year I have really tried to focus on not only the foods I’m eating, but also the quality of the ingredients I’m using while cooking. I know that by choosing items like Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable broth I can feel good about what I’m consuming and that’s why it is the key ingredient to my Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl! Cooking the quinoa in this broth is a game changer- it seriously takes this dish to the next level!
Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl
- 2 cups quinoa
- 4 cups Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable Broth
- 1 head of Cauliflower
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Orange Pepper
- 1 Yellow Pepper
- 1/4 purple onion
- 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/4 kalamata olives (chopped)
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- 3/4 cup Vegan Sour Cream
- 1 cup grated cucumber (drained!)
- 1 TSP lemon zest
- 1 clove of garlic
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 TBSP Avocado Oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 TBSP lemon pepper seasoning
- 1/2 TSP cumin
1.) Wash and chop the cauliflower into bite size pieces. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.
2.) Cook the quinoa using Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable Broth. Make sure to rinse the quinoa before adding it to the pot. Rinsing the quinoa removes the natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Add 4 cups Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable Broth with 2 cups rinsed quinoa. Once the quinoa comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
3.) Make the tzatziki sauce. Grate one cup of cucumber into a bowl then squeeze out the liquid. (squeeze hard- lots of water should come out) If you don’t do this, your sauce will be very runny. Mix in the vegan sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and dill. Store this in the fridge until it is needed.
4.) Chop up the tomatoes, peppers, olives, onions, and cucumbers into bite size pieces. These are the toppings for you bowl!
5.) Toast your pine nuts in the oven or on the stove top. Make sure to watch them very carefully as they burn super easy!
6.) Make your spice oil. Add approximately 3 TBSP avocado (or your oil of choice) to a pan then add the garlic and spices. Careful not to burn this, it burns very quickly. About 3-4 minutes on low to medium heat should do the trick!
6.) Once your cauliflower is done toss it in the spiced oil and it’s time to build your bowl! Make your base with quinoa, top it with your chopped veggies and add the tzatziki and garnish it with parsley!
This dish is just as good served as leftovers. Toss the leftover quinoa in a bowl with the toppings and tzatziki and mix it all up- perfect for lunches! Enjoy!!
Special thanks to Pacific Foods for sponsoring this this post!