These Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls are full of flavor and make a hearty and healthy meat-free meal! Top the bowls with the maple balsamic dressing for a little sweetness and extra flavor!
Roasting vegetables is probably my favorite way to eat them. I love adding them to salads, pasta or just eating them as a side dish along with some chicken or fish. A great new way I’ve discovered to eat roasted vegetables is in these Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls. They make a great meatless meal, but are hearty enough that you won’t miss the meat.
When I roast vegetables I typically keep my seasonings simple. A little olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper are all they really need. The roasting process takes care of the rest of the flavor. Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness which is great if you’ve got a child or husband who is a pain when it comes to getting them to eat vegetables…my husband is the ultimate pain. I on the other hand tend to eat too many vegetables then find myself complaining about my stomach hurting because I’ve overdone it on the fiber. This is particularly true with roasted vegetables because I just stand there in the kitchen popping them in my mouth fresh out of the oven like they’re candy. Why are they so addictive?! I suppose it’s better than popping brownies or cookies fresh from the oven in my mouth, although I could probably do that too.
To make this meatless meal more complete I decided to turn this into a quinoa bowl. I love making quinoa bowls more so than I like using pasta or rice. I like that there is more protein and I love that nutty crunch that the quinoa has.
Making these Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls is so easy, it just require a little prep work. I chose to use golden beets, Brussels sprouts, rainbow carrots, red onion and acorn squash. Any root vegetables would be great in these bowls, I just used what I had on hand. I put the vegetables on two sheet pans and separated them by how long they would take to roast. While the vegetables were roasting it was the perfect amount of time to cook the quinoa and make the maple balsamic dressing. The maple balsamic dressing is optional, but it adds nice flavor to these healthy bowls. This is a great dinner to make if you’re gluten free, vegan or a roasted vegetable addict like myself who just can’t get enough of them!
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