Quinoa and chickpeas pack this vegetarian grain bowl with plenty of plant-based protein. Whip up a batch of these Mediterranean meals and pack in containers with lids to stash in the fridge for easy, healthy grab & go lunches all week long.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, May 2017


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place peppers, almonds, 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, paprika, cumin and crushed red pepper (if using) in a mini food processor. Puree until fairly smooth.

  • Combine quinoa, olives, red onion and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl.

  • To serve, divide the quinoa mixture among 4 bowls and top with equal amounts of the chickpeas, cucumber and the red pepper sauce. Sprinkle with feta and parsley.


To make ahead: Prepare red pepper sauce (Step 1) and quinoa (Step 2); refrigerate in separate containers. Assemble just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

479 calories; protein 12.7g 25% DV; carbohydrates 49.5g 16% DV; dietary fiber 7.7g 31% DV; sugars 2.5g; fat 24.8g 38% DV; saturated fat 4.3g 21% DV; cholesterol 8.3mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 1145.8IU 23% DV; vitamin c 9.6mg 16% DV; folate 105.8mcg 27% DV; calcium 135.8mg 14% DV; iron 3.5mg 19% DV; magnesium 109.9mg 39% DV; potassium 442.6mg 12% DV; sodium 646mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV.

Reviews (8)

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This bowl recipe is great for a quick healthy dinner and the leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! I left out the cheese and parsley because I didn't have any and it was still full of flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A hit for my husband and teenager! Added chicken for a little more protein. No leftovers for this one! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This thisbwas really good and very filling. Had to hand mince the pepper sauce because I don t have a good processor or blender but really enjoyed it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! Hubby and I enjoyed this for lunch today and we will definitely have again. It s filling but not heavy. I love that I always have the ingredients to make this on hand. I cook a big batch of quinoa and package it in 1/2 c. servings and keep it in freezer. A quick defrost and lunch is ready. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love this for an easy lunch idea I can meal-prep ahead and bring to work! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I made this for the whole family unaltered with every ingredient. We did not care for it at all. And NO I would never attempt to make this dish again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Flavor! Didn t change a thing. We will definitely be making it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious! I added chicken to ours and flavored the chicken with Rosemary Cumin Ground Coriander Oregano and Cinnamon and topped everything with some tzatziki sauce. It complimented the bowl perfectly! We'll be making this again! Read More