This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl recipe is made with simple, whole food ingredients for an energizing meal that can be prepped ahead of time! Top it with your protein of choice for a gluten free breakfast you’ll look forward to eating. Plant-Based, Vegetarian, and Carnivore Options.
Build a Better Breakfast
Have you jumped on the quinoa bandwagon yet? If you haven’t, you definitely should! It seems like it’s been everywhere the last few years, and for good reason! After all, not only is quinoa loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, but it’s also delicious and super versatile. Personally, I love to make a big batch ahead of time for quick meals like Peach Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Salad Bowls and my Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner. However, it’s also great to use for breakfast! No really, it’s super easy and so quick to make that it’s practically a no-brainer when it comes to breakfast!
Hear me out. I don’t know about you, but mornings can be a bit hectic for me. Between getting in a quick workout, taking care of the dog, and getting my husband off to work, it can seem impossible to find the time to make a well-rounded meal. At least, it did until this quinoa bowl recipe came along! Quick, hearty, and delicious, it’s everything you never knew you needed and so much more! My only regret is not creating it sooner! Tried, tested, and husband-approved, this recipe comes together with super simple ingredients for a nourishing meal that will keep you satisfied all morning long.
Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time and is super versatile to fit all your needs. Plant-based? Carnivore? We’ve got you covered! This quinoa breakfast bowl recipe is ready in less than 45 minutes and will leave you feeling full all morning long. Sounds too good to be true, right? Keep reading to learn how it’s done, find meal prep tips, and more!
So, What is Quinoa Anyway?
Quinoa is an ancient grain that originates from South America. In recent years its popularity has exploded, and for good reason! Not only is quinoa super simple to make, but it’s also a highly nutritious food that is extremely versatile. As a result, it is a great food choice for a wide variety of diet types and can easily be incorporated into pretty much any meal!
Health Benefits of Quinoa
A naturally gluten free, whole grain, quinoa is also loaded with vitamins and minerals including:
- And More!
Plus, it contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. In fact, a single cup of quinoa provides 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber!
Types of Quinoa and Flavor Profiles
Did you know that there are different types of quinoa? It’s true! In fact, there are quite a few. However, we’ll keep things simple and focus on the varieties most commonly found in the grocery store.
The most common variety, white quinoa is often simply referred to as quinoa and is the most versatile out there. Commonly used as a replacement
Very similar to white quinoa, red quinoa is largely considered to hold its shape a bit more after cooking. This results in a slightly crunchier texture and a more nutty taste, making it a great option for salads and grain bowls.
A blend of white, red, and black quinoa, tri-color quinoa has a nutty flavor and fluffy texture, making it a popular option for a wide variety of recipes.
*For more information about quinoa, its benefits, and how to cook it, keep reading here!
How to Make the Perfect Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
The key to creating a savory breakfast quinoa bowl recipe that doesn’t taste bland and boring is to layer different ingredients for a wide variety of tastes and textures! All you have to do is follow the steps below, and you’ll be on your way to a delicious breakfast in minutes!
Before we build – Here’s a quick Nutrition Tip (FOOD SYNERGY)!
Although the ingredients in this quinoa bowl recipe may seem to be chosen at random, the truth is they’ve been carefully combined to help you get the most nutrients out of your meal!
For instance, by combining foods such as sweet potatoes that are naturally high in fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A with healthy fats such as avocado and eggs, we are able to absorb more of the vitamins that would otherwise be excreted.
Similarly, by combining foods rich in iron such as chickpeas and quinoa with ingredients such as spinach and tomato that are rich in vitamin A, we are able to boost the amount of iron absorbed by our bodies. For more information on food synergy, keep reading here!
- Pick a Base – To start, you’ll want to pick your base ingredients. Typically, these are grains and starchy vegetables such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, and garbanzo beans used in this recipe. However, squash and roasted veggies work well, too.
- Add a Protein Source. Once your starches have been added to your breakfast bowl, use protein sources such as eggs, scrambled tempeh, breakfast sausage, or bacon. For this bowl, we stuck with eggs and chickpeas for a vegetarian breakfast!
- Add Veggies and/or Fiber. Next, add in any veggies and fiber sources you have on hand! For example, for this gluten free vegan breakfast option, we used spinach, tomatoes, scallions, and avocado.
- Add Flavor. Last but not least, dress up your breakfast bowl with homemade dressings, herbs, and spices!
Pro-Tip: Use this formula to use repurpose leftovers from your fridge, and turn them into a tasty meal in minutes!
Quick Vegetarian Meal Prep Option
Wanna know the best part about this quinoa breakfast bowl? It can be taken on the go! Yep, all you have to do is prep it a day or two in advance, and you’ll have a nourishing meal waiting for you in the morning. To do so, prepare the ingredients as normal. Then, instead of layering them in a bowl, place them in a sealable jar or meal prep container. Just be sure to leave off the toppings, and add them right before serving.
Quick Preparation Tip: To save time, roast your sweet potatoes or veggies of choice and prepare your quinoa ahead of time to have on hand. Then, all you have to do is combine the ingredients and go!
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this quinoa breakfast bowl recipe will stay fresh for up to 2-3 days in the fridge.
Yes! I recommend following the same formula but opt for ingredients with sweeter, more dessert-like flavor profiles such as bananas, yogurt, and cocoa powder. Then, add a dash of cinnamon and fun toppings like crushed nuts!
You can enjoy quinoa bowls hot or cold! If serving cold, opt for hard boiled eggs on top. Or, keep it vegan with just the chickpeas! Think of it as a plant based breakfast quinoa salad. It’s great for lunch, too!
For a cozier meal, serve this gluten free breakfast warm. To reheat leftovers, pop them into the microwave for a minute or two. Or, toss everything back into a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until everything has heated through.
More Ways to Use Quinoa
Are you a fan of savory breakfasts? I think they’re highly underrated. Plus you can eat them any time of day! Breakfast, lunch, brinner! I’m pretty sure you’ll agree once you give this quinoa bowl recipe a shot. If you do, I would love it if you let me know in the comments below!