Easy Vegetarian Recipe: Asian Quinoa Bowl

Asian Quinoa Bowl is an easy vegetarian recipe that’s healthy and packed with protein. Make this meal on a night when you need to get dinner on the table quickly but you still want a restaurant quality meal at home.

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I tend to head to the gym in the middle of the day. I LOVE going there at that time. It’s pretty much empty, except for a few turbo muscle guys that like to grunt while lifting. I just pop in my ear buds and watch whatever is on Bravo or E! during the middle of the day. I’m one of those people who no matter how many times I’ve watched an episode of Keep up with the Kardashians or Real Housewives of Whatever, when something funny happens, I laugh out loud. I guess it’s good no one is in the gym. I do get a few looks from the muscle heads, but I just roll it off. Go back to grunting…

The hard part about going to the gym during this time is I get hungry. Like, super hungry. I usually start to get hunger pains half way into my work out. From that time on, the only thing I can think about is food. So not only am I laughing at whatever is on TV, I’ve got those loud stomach growls. Again, thank goodness no one is at the gym.

Asian Quinoa Bowl. Healthy, Protein packed, Easy Vegetarian Recipe at www.thetastyfork.com

I find when I’m hungry, I think of the best recipes. Jim and I have been cutting back on our animal proteins, so getting creative with easy vegetarian recipes is something I spend a lot of time on. My main goal in vegetarian cooking is to eat a meal and not even realize meat wasn’t on the plate. Goal accomplished with this Asian Quinoa Bowl.

I love cooking with quinoa. I like to use it instead of rice or couscous since quinoa has so many health benefits. This easy vegetarian recipe has Asian flavors I love! It’s totally a recipe I would order if I was out at a restaurant and I wanted something filling yet healthy. Asian Quinoa Bowl comes together pretty quick – like 25 minutes. You’ve got time for that!

Asian Quinoa Bowl. Easy Vegetarian Recipe. Recipe at www.thetastyfork.com

Asian Quinoa Bowl is a recipe that will have your family licking their plates clean! Meat eaters in your life won’t even notice it’s vegetarian. :) What are your favorite easy vegetarian recipes?

Easy Vegetarian Recipe: Asian Quinoa Bowl


  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp stir-fry sauce
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots and cabbage (look for this in a bagged cabbaged section at the grocery store)
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • Green onions, sliced, for garnish
  • Cilantro, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a sauce pan, add vegetable broth and quinoa. Cook according to package directions. Fluff with fork when done cooking.
  2. In a skillet, add sesame oil. When the oil is hot, add mushrooms and ginger. Saute for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine stir fry sauce, soy sauce and honey. Pour over mushrooms. Add carrots and peanuts. Saute for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  3. When quinoa is cooked, add it to mushroom mixture. Fold quinoa into the sauce and veggies. Serve quinoa with green onions and cilantro.
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  3. Justine@CookingandBeer says

    Ahh! I love easy, delicious recipes. I’m always looking for new ways to sneak quinoa into my diet! Pinned!
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  6. Vicky says

    How many does this recipe serve?

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      2-4 servings… just depends on how hungry you are feeling that day!

  7. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    I love garbage TV at the gym! It’s the best!! I also love red quinoa! This is so pretty and filing!
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  8. Aida @ TheCraftingFoodie says

    We love quinoa in our home, and this looks like a delicious and healthy meal. I’ve pinned it, and can’t wait to try it!

  9. Jessica says

    Yum, sounds delicious. And super easy!

  10. Heather @ French Press says

    I LOVE when a really delicious meal is vegetarian, and no one missed the meat. This looks So good meghan
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  11. lisa@cookingwithcurls says

    Wow, that looks delicious Meghan! My daughter will love that, my son…not so much. I’ll see if I can sneak it past him ;)
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  12. Peter @Feed Your Soul Too says

    I really like this recipe and am looking for more ways to use quinoa in my diet. great idea.

  13. Julie @ This Gal Cooks says

    Oooo this looks good! LIke super good!

    I go through phases where I want to cut out animal protein. And I always look for good vegetarian recipes. I once ate at a restaurant that had the most delicious vegetable side dishes that I’ve ever had in my life. If I could make my vegetable dishes taste like those, I could become a total vegetarian! Guess I need to go to chef school to learn how to do that. This place was owned by an excellent chef and his wife.

    Pinning this and sharing on FB, Twitter and G+. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Meghan!
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  14. Julia says

    Until the last photo, I was trying to figure out where the quinoa was. Thanks for this inspiring recipe! I love all things Asian.
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  15. tanya says

    I always had a hard time going to the gym after work for that same reason, I’d be running and thinking of all the food I wanted to eat for dinner. Then I’d en up cutting my work out short! This is an incredible looking dish Meghan! I love it!
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  16. Lisa @ Wine & Glue says

    This looks amazing Meghan!! I have the same thing with working out, I work out first thing in the morning, before I’ve had breakfast, and it makes me CRAZY hungry by the end! Definitely going to have to make this :) Pinning!
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