Quick to pull together, Healthy, full of sweet & savory flavors, flexible with what you have in stock, and as an added bonus…all the different layers of texture and pure deliciousness going on, these Quick & Healthy Teriyaki Veggie Quinoa Bowls will be an easy add onto your rotating dinner meal repertoire!
Can we just say how much we love these Teriyaki Quinoa Bowls and why you and your family will fall in love with them too?! #1…They are delicious! #2. They are super speedy….and if we did have a #3 would it even matter with those first to options?! 🙂 Ok…we can totally give our number 3! With 8 boys between the two of us…Suzy having heavier load….we have lots of picky eaters. These bowls have endless options and versatility that helps with all of our opinionated food critics! You can completely cater the veggies in the bowl to the veggies your family loves.
A basic option that you see at a lot of restaurants with teriyaki bowls are the carrot, broccoli, zucchini, and may a red pepper option. My dad LOVES water-chestnuts so I’d probably throw some of those in there for them. Get your kiddos involved and have them pick the vegetables to put in the stir-fry. Have them help prep and wash them and empower them to make good choices for their growing bodies. This will help them feel important and independent and they will be more apt to trying what you make for dinner! If you or your family haven’t ever had a a vegetable besides corn or french fries you might want to start small with just a few new vegetables in this bowl and some chicken rather a whole beautiful smorgasbord of veggies that they have never tried and will never try if you throw them all in their faces all at once! 🙂
And……if your family has never had a meatless meal a day in their lives, you might want to start out with a little grilled chicken or fried egg on top so they aren’t feeling deprived, and you can get them more on board with a meatless meal. This bowl is packed with tons of healthy and delicious plant-based protein though that will keep your energy levels up and fueled until morning.
Thanks for stopping by and happy eating!
Quick & Healthy Teriyaki Veggie Quinoa Bowls
1 c. Quinoa, dry (cook according to pkg. directions, but see link below in direction #1 for tips & tricks for cooking quinoa)
1-2 Tbsp. Avocado, Grapeseed or Coconut oil
1 c. Edamame, shelled
4-6 c. shredded vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, matchstick carrots, pepper, etc… or buy a pre-sliced stir-fry mix for convenience)
Teriyaki Sauce (see recipe below)
2 green onions, sliced diagonally
sesame seeds & cashews
Grilled Chicken or Fried Egg
(makes more than enough to use for this recipe)
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
3-4 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
3-4 Tbsp. raw honey
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar or brown sugar
½ c. Braggs Liquid Amino’s, Coconut Amino’s, or lite soy sauce
2/3 c. water
1 Tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. (We like cooking it in chicken broth so it cuts the bitter flavor. Check out our tips on cooking quinoa –> HERE!)
2. To make teriyaki sauce, put all ingredients (except the cornstarch & water) in a small pan over medium heat. Heat until boiling. Mix water & cornstarch together. Once mixture is boiling on the stove, add the cornstarch & water mixture. Whisk until it heats through and thickens.
3. While cooking quinoa, get stir-fry pan or skillet very hot over medium high heat for about 1 minute, then add 1 Tbsp. of avocado oil or coconut oil. Add all the vegetables you would like for your bowl. Stir constantly for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp (not overly cooked so they are soggy! :). Add edamame to heat through for another minute or so. If needed, add a couple tablespoons of water to help steam/cook the veggies.
4. To assemble the bowls, put quinoa in bottom & drizzle lightly with teriyaki sauce. Then add stir-fried vegetables, top with a little more teriyaki sauce. Don’t over do it on the sauce or it will be too salty! You might have extra sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds, cashews & green onions! Enjoy!
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