An easy lunch or dinner, this quinoa power bowl is packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized for hours. It’s simple to make, delicious to eat, and makes great leftovers, so you can cook once and eat all week long.
We’ve been on a major grain bowl kick over here. I love any meal that packs everything you need into one bowl because it means fewer dishes! Today’s edition brings some of my favorite flavors of Asian food into one mouthwatering dressing. There’s something about the combination of miso, ginger, and lime that just keeps me coming back for more.
What I love about this grain bowl
- It’s packed with protein from the edamame, shrimp, and quinoa.
- This bowl is also filled with fiber-rich veggies, plus you get fiber from quinoa and edamame.
- The beautiful colors of this bowl not only make it appealing to eat but means it’s packing in lots of phytonutrients, or plant nutrients that have many health benefits.
- You can prep all of the ingredients ahead of time and just assemble when ready.
- It’s easily customizable (see below).
- The dressing. Seriously, it’s so good.
How to chop your veggies for this quinoa power bowl
Sometimes the way you slice your veggies can make all the difference in how a meal tastes. Seriously!
I cut the cucumbers into ribbons by using a vegetable peeler. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make cucumber ribbons.
Julienned vegetables also add a nice texture, and would be another good way to chop the cucumber. That’s basically a fancy word for really thin strips. Here’s a quick and easy way to julienne.
How to customize your shrimp and quinoa power bowl
As with most grain bowl recipes, you really can customize it to your liking.
want to make it vegan or vegetarian?
Skip the shrimp and double the edamame or add baked tofu. To make the dressing vegan, you can use (vegan) brown sugar instead of honey.
don’t have quinoa?
Brown or black rice would work well here instead. Or, really any of your favorite whole grains.
add more or different veggies
You can use any green you like if you don’t have spinach. This bowl would also be delicious with shredded carrots, chopped purple or green cabbage, or raw or slightly cooked zucchini noodles.
add fresh herbs
Fresh chopped mint, basil, or cilantro (if you like it) would bump up the fresh flavor here, too.
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Did you make the shrimp and quinoa power bowl?
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For the Bowl
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup frozen edamame, cooked
- 1 lb large shrimp (16-20 ct)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Juice of half a lime
- 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 English cucumber or 2-3 baby cucumbers
- 1 Tbsp white miso
- Juice + zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tsp honey or brown sugar
- 1-inch ginger, finely grated
- 1 garlic clove, finely grated
- Cook the quinoa: Add quinoa + 2 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally until no water remains. Fluff with a fork.
- Cook the shrimp: peel and devein shrimp. Toss with lime juice, soy sauce, and olive oil. Add to sauté pan and cook until shrimp is pink, approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Chop the veggies: slice bell pepper. Slice cucumber either into rounds, julienned, or with a vegetable peeler to make ribbons.
- Make the dressing: whisk together all ingredients and set aside.
- Assemble the bowl: Place quinoa and baby spinach in the bowl. Top with vegetables, shrimp, and edamame. Toss with dressing.
This salad stores well in the fridge, undressed, for up to 3 days, so you can make ahead and then toss with the dressing when you're ready to eat.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 616Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 8gProtein: 39g