July 27, 2014

Leading a healthy and fit lifestyle is definitely something I strive for in my household. Not only is exercise/staying active an important element of our week, but the food we serve at our family table is a huge consideration. Today, I’m sharing what has become one of our favorite healthy meal options in my home. These quinoa bowls with grilled vegetables and corn salsa are customizable, fresh, and full of flavor. Won’t you dive in? Quinoa bowls One of the common misconceptions I hear from people when it comes to eating “healthier” is that it is expensive. I totally hear what they’re saying, but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be a pricy endeavor! My biggest tip when it comes to shopping for fresh produce is to keep an eye on what is seasonal. If you are purchasing veggies and fruit that are in season, they will be at the lowest prices in comparison to veggies that are out of season. Right now, zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans are in an abundance in my neck of the woods…so most of my meals include them! In the fall and winter, I tend to see a lot of butternut squash, spaghetti squash, apples, and more. Quinoa bowls For me, it is fun to get creative with what is fresh. Don’t feel restricted by eating seasonally! And if there happens to be a vegetable or fruit that isn’t in season or at a reasonable price for your budget, check out the frozen section of your grocery store! My local store tends to have awesome BOGO sales, and I always end up picking up frozen edamame, peas, and corn to have on hand. Quinoa bowls …on to the recipe! I have a deep love for burrito bowls, but eating one every night of the week is probably not the most creative meal in the world. Therefore, I love coming up with different spins on the classic that offer new flavors and ingredients. These quinoa bowls with grilled vegetables are brightly colored, full of flavor, and are fun to put together too! Now, if you haven’t fully dived into the quinoa trend, you can always serve your veggies on a bed of rice. If you’re just slightly ready to test out quinoa, there are some nice brown rice/quinoa blends on the market I’ve tried and are a nice introduction for those who aren’t sure they’ll enjoy a full bowl of quinoa. Baby steps…baby steps. I personally ADORE quinoa – it is gluten-free, contains protein, and has an awesome texture. It’s great served cold or hot…it’s so darn versatile! Ok, I’ll stop declaring my love for quinoa now. For this yummy Sunday Supper, all you have to do is fire up your grill, dress your veggies and cook them, then plate them perfectly on top of your quinoa with a scoop of corn salsa. These quinoa bowls are vegetarian as-is, but you could very easily add a meat or fish of your choice to the mix. We’ve added grilled mahi mahi in the past, as well as chicken and pork tenderloin. Options, options….

Are you a fan of “bowl” creations for a healthy dinner?

Quinoa bowls

Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Vegetables and Corn Salsa for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams
 
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Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 5 oz quinoa or brown rice/quinoa blend (uncooked)
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper (orange or yellow also work)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup corn salsa
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Cover and set aside as you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium high heat (around 500 degrees F). Slice your zucchini and squash on the diagonal, about ½ inch thick (to allow for maximum grill contact). Drizzle with olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Toss/stir gently to coat all sides of the vegetables.
  3. Grill vegetables for about 5-6 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove from grill and on to a serving plate.
  4. To complete your dish, add a scoop of quinoa to the bottom of your bowl, then top with ¼ cup of corn salsa and the grilled vegetable slices. If desired, you can sprinkle some fresh parmesan cheese on top to finish! Enjoy!
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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

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31 Responses to “Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Vegetables and Corn Salsa for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams”

  1. Renee says:

    I spy what I’m making with the quinoa I have in my pantry. Love grilled veggies too.

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a perfect summer meal! I can’t wait to try it out! Mmmmmmm…

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  11. Shaina says:

    Gorgeous!! This is totally my kind of meal right now. I could eat this every day :)

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous. What a great way to eat healthy.

  13. Liz
    Twitter: thatskinnychick
    says:

    Katie, I could eat these nearly every single day! These easily trump rice bowls…as I am a HUGE fan of quinoa! YUM!

  14. I love this “bowl”!! I love that you grilled the veggies too, nothing beats grilled veggies! MUST MAKE!

  15. Bea says:

    I love everything about this recipe. Perfection!

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  17. This is gorgeous and quinoa bowls are so versatile!

  18. These healthy bowls look fantastic!

  19. Bowl creations sound great to me!

  20. Can’t beat grilled veggies and corn salsa! This looks delicious!

  21. Alida says:

    These look so delicious and your photos are beautiful. I can’t wait to make these!!

  22. Susan says:

    Bowls or big plates of stuff is always a go to. If I can put as many vegetables in a dish then no need to make some on the side! This looks perfect.

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  24. Run DMT says:

    I’m with you. My family loves bowls. I love that bowls are a great way for my kids to eat lots of yummy, healthy goodness in one serving.

    You are so right about shopping for what’s on sale. It’s a great way to save why trying to feed your family healthy meals.

  25. Grilled vegetables are my absolute favorite food in the summer, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you’ve turned them into a complete meal! I owe you one, big time!

  26. Joyce laferrera says:

    The quinoa bowl,with grilled vegetables and corn salsa looks delicious.

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