Black Bean Quinoa Bowl Recipe

Sharing our favorite Quinoa Bowl today! My Black Bean Quinoa Bowl Recipe is packed with loads of delicious vegetables. Love this healthy dish.
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Quinoa Bowl

So excited to share this delicious quinoa bowl recipe with you! A few weeks ago we went to a little cafe in Laguna Beach called Active Culture, you can see a collage I posted on Instagram HERE. They serve all sorts of wonderful healthy foods, yogurt and smoothies. I ordered what they call their whole bowl and I could not get enough of it. I went home and created my own version of their super healthy fabulous bowl. It’s not exact, but I enjoyed mine just as much. Hope you enjoy friends!

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To get started, cook your quinoa and brown rice. Do this in advance if you’d like, it will save you some good time. You’ll also need some finely shredded cabbage, thinly sliced and quartered cucumber and chopped tomatoes. You can even substitute for white rice in place of the quinoa and brown rice.

How To Make a Quinoa Bowl

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl. Cook brown rice according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Place mustard, yogurt, water and worcestershire sauce into a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until warm. Remove from heat.
  3. Place celery seed, paprika, curry powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper into a small bowl, stir to combine.
  4. In each serving bowl layer the following: brown rice, quinoa, a few spoonfuls of mustard sauce, black beans, cucumber, tomato, a few spoonfuls of salsa, cabbage, a few pinches of seasoning and diced avocado. I like to stir my bowl all together to mix in the sauce and seasonings. You may find you enjoy more sauce and or seasonings in your bowl. Add what you like. I also prefer my bowl slightly warm.

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You’ll also need black beans, your favorite mild salsa (not pico de gallo), and 1 avocado peeled and diced.

quinoa bowl

Here are the spices I used to create the seasoning for the bowl. You can substitute all of these for a spice blend called Accent if you have that. A few less ingredients/steps. Otherwise, 1 teaspoon of each of these spices. I also added fresh ground pepper not pictured.

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Love how colorful these spices are. So fragrant too!

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The sauce consists of brown or Dijon Mustard, plain greek yogurt, a few splashes of water and worcestershire sauce.

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It will look like this. Brings great flavor to your bowl.

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Time to layer your own bowl. Start with brown rice, some quinoa, a few spoonfuls of mustard sauce, black beans….

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 …cucumber, tomatoes, salsa, cabbage, your homemade spice blend and some diced avocados not pictured.

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Ahhhh yah. After you take a photo for Instagram (ok, maybe that’s just me), stir your bowl all together and dig in! Stirring together allows the spices and sauces to integrate with the quinoa and rice.

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Black Bean Quinoa Bowl Recipe

This Black Bean Quinoa Bowl Recipe is healthy, packed with delicious vegetables and flavorful seasonings.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 590kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 15
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup Dijon or brown mustard
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 2 cups quartered and sliced cucumber
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup mild thin salsa not pico de gallo
  • 1 avocado peeled and diced

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl. Cook brown rice according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Place mustard, yogurt, water and worcestershire sauce into a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until warm. Remove from heat.
  • Place celery seed, paprika, curry powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper into a small bowl, stir to combine.
  • In each serving bowl layer the following: brown rice, quinoa, a few spoonfuls of mustard sauce, black beans, cucumber, tomato, a few spoonfuls of salsa, cabbage, a few pinches of seasoning and diced avocado. I like to stir my bowl all together to mix in the sauce and seasonings. You may find you enjoy more sauce and or seasonings in your bowl. Add what you like. I also prefer my bowl slightly warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1358mg | Potassium: 1077mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 5mg
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72 Responses
  1. Pam

    I love quinoa and cook with it a lot. Our family is vegetarian so it is good to see different recipe ideas…. going to be trying this out on the weekend.

  2. Jennette

    Skinny recipes are exactly what I want! This looks great and I cant wait to see more! Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Moderation is SO key. Love this, Jenny!!! Maybe I can (finally) lose those last 5 lbs of baby weight. =)

  4. Bekka Sue

    LOVE that you’re doing healthy recipes now!
    I would love to see your take on healthy breakfast hot cereal like oatmeal, grits, polenta, bobs red mill’s 10 grain hot cereal, baked oatmeal and more ((:
    looking forward to your next recipe!

  5. Veterinarianess

    OH MY GOSH you do not even know how excited I am about you starting Skinny Palate!!! I love your blog and I’m going to love having skinny versions of your recipes! πŸ˜€

  6. Dana

    Skinny Palate sounds fantastic! I’m always on the lookout for healthy but yummy recipes. I’ve never used quinoa before, but I love black beans and rice. Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Andrea

    Ok I have cooked the quinoa and rice. Got my black bean, sauce, spices and veggies ready. Going to mix it all up tonight after the girls get home from Taekwondo and have a delicious, healthy dinner. Can’t wait!

  8. Julie @ Table for Two

    I love that you’re creating skinny palates! Haha, for all I know, I need to kick my butt in gear for my wedding & honeymoon right after. Perfect timing, Jenny πŸ™‚ this looks like a super great alternative to those takeout Mexican joints!

  9. Chris Bennett

    Thanks for creating”Skinny Palate”……looking forward to more recipes and of course…..cookies in moderation. …LOL…!!!!

  10. Carla @ Carla's Confections

    So pretty! And I love this new series! So perfect this time of year! I cant wait to try what you make πŸ˜€

  11. Brent | Cookapalooza

    Found your blog via pinterest and I’m glad I did! My wife brought home quinoa from the grocery store and I’ve never prepared it before. Looking forward to using it for the first time in this recipe!

  12. Cookbook Queen

    I am all about skinny recipes right now…trying to lost the last of the dang baby weight!! This looks so fab πŸ™‚

    1. Jenny

      Haha! Me too, these last x amount of pounds do not want to leave my body for some reason. Probably all the baking I do. Oh well, lol!!

  13. Brianna

    Yum! I love southwestern style meals. Grey won’t eat any traditional Mexican food ie: enchiladas, burritos, etc. Bbbbuuuutttt if I make a “bowl” somehow he is fine. Haha. I did this with your enchilada bake! He totally loved it.

  14. Jessica

    Looks wonderful! I’m going to make this tonight! Will you pretty please publish the nutritional values of all the meals that are going on Skinny Palate?!

  15. Kristen M.

    This looks fab! I am always up for a bowl recipe especially when it involves quinoa. “Skinny Palate”…LOVE IT! I look forward to seeing more of these recipes from you.

  16. Carol

    This sounds fantastic, Jenny. I just tried quinoa and love it….I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    Carol

    PS. LOVE the idea of “Skinny Palate” too! πŸ™‚

  17. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    Thank you for the recipe! I’ll be making this soon! We’re on the track to better eating around here, so this is sure to be a keeper!

  18. Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Looks great!!! And Skinny Palate is brilliant! Can’t wait to follow along. πŸ™‚

  19. frenchpapilles

    Looks delicious ! And I totally agree with this mantra : “It’s all about moderation !”

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