Main Dish | March 22, 2017

Mexi-Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Last summer I sat on a warm, sunny SoCal beach next to my dear friend who was eating a lunch similar to this Mexi-quinoa buddha bowl. Gosh it looked so good, and I was SO hungry. I love going to the beach all day, soaking in the sun and sea air, but really struggle with a meal to bring for myself! PBJ’s are great for the kids– not me. I struggle in general with coming up with good lunches for myself. So making lunch ahead of time, like this Mexi-quinoa buddha bowl or Kadee’s Burritos buddha bowl, or often I make this veggie weightloss soup too.

Buddha Bowl

This Mexi-quinoa buddha bowl is something ANYONE can make! While the quinoa cooks and chicken grills, I prep all the veggies and toss them in meal prep containers like these and store them in the fridge for a week of meals!

BTW this is my ALL time favorite peeler, the Titan Peeler. I’ve had it for many many years. I use both the peeler & the julienne tool constantly.

Buddha Bowl

How to Assemble:

I love to make these Mexi-quinoa buddha bowls early in the week, eat one serving for lunch and pack up the rest for the remaining days in the meal prep storage containers. It’s easily thrown together in 30 minutes or less! A quick, fast meal full of crunchy veggies, fresh herbs, and savory quinoa + the lime and avocado are icing on the cake. So filling and satisfying! It’s a great salad take to a party or a BBQ. It’s also perfect for any summer outing!

all my favorites from this post (aren’t these bowls the cutest?!!!)

Buddha Bowl

Mexi-Quinoa Buddha Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

The perfect poolside meal - this mexi-quinoa bowl is full of flavor and healthy to boot!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: buddha bowl
Servings: 4
Calories: 470 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp chicken boullion
  • 1 cucumber cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 lime 2 limes quartered, optional
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 2 chicken breasts grilled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan on high heat put 1 cup quinoa and toast for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring. Add 2 cups water and bullion. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. When done, lay quinoa on double layer paper towels to let excess liquid drain off and cool.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, add seasoning salt to chicken breast and grill.
  4. Chop all ingredients- tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and toss. Add lime juice over the top and toss again.
  5. Slice chicken and divide into 4 meal prep containers (if serving immediately, slice chicken and lay to the side of salad).

  6. In 4 prep bowls, add quinoa mixture, chicken, and slice of lime. When you go to serve, use cut-up fresh avocado, one half at a time. Cover remaining half with saran wrap and save for the next day's bowl. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Mexi-Quinoa Buddha Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 746mg 31%
Potassium 1283mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 2g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Vitamin C 24.8%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 17.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Mexi-Quinoa Buddha Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 746mg 31%
Potassium 1283mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 2g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Vitamin C 24.8%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 17.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Buddha Bowl

Mexican Quinoa Buddha Bowls

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Nutrition Facts
Mexi-Quinoa Buddha Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 746mg 31%
Potassium 1283mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 2g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Vitamin C 24.8%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 17.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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