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.
By: Carolyn Casner
EatingWell Recipe Developer & Tester
Prep 20 m
Ready In 20 m
1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, rinsed
¼ cup slivered almonds
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
2 cups cooked quinoa
¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
1 cup diced cucumber¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
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.