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


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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; carbohydrates 49.5g; dietary fiber 7.7g; sugars 2.5g; fat 24.8g; saturated fat 4.3g; cholesterol 8.3mg; vitamin a iu 1145.8IU; vitamin c 9.6mg; folate 105.8mcg; calcium 135.8mg; iron 3.5mg; magnesium 109.9mg; potassium 442.6mg; sodium 646mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

Reviews (10)

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
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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
This recipe was so fresh but filling! Added a little salt and pepper and splash of lemon juice to give it more tang but overall I will definitely be making it again! 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