I’m part of a group of bloggers who each month make a peanut butter treat with a different ingredient and this month my fellow Peanut Butter Bashers and I are mixing it up with Quinoa. If you fancy joining in the fun check out the end of the post for joining details. But let’s get on with this Peanut Butter Sauce Quinoa Power Bowl
After my last post, 2016 Food Trend Predictions stating it’s going to be a very savoury year, I thought why not start the year on that note. And let’s face it, it’s still early January and we are still a little overstuffed from the festive period and a nice healthy savoury note is definitely where I am at, at the moment, don’t worry that will change soon! And to mix it with another big trend predicted this year I have made this into a bowl meal. Quick and easy to put together served in a bowl. Am I trendy or what? Okay, you can stop laughing now!
Buddha bowls, power bowls, bowl meals call them whatever you want they all amount to the same thing, a healthy satisfying meal packed full of fibre, protein and vitamins. Start with a whole grain (quinoa, faro, brown rice, soba noodles etc:) add a protein source (eggs, beans, nuts, cheese, tofu or grilled meat) add in an assortment of veg then flavour the whole lot with a sauce. But nothing creamy, healthy and wholesome is the aim here. And this peanut butter sauce quinoa power bowl really delivers on all accounts.
So this bad boy bowl is a mix of red and white quinoa, you don’t have to use both colours that’s just what I had on hand. Topped with a mix of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. The choice of protein here is peanuts (unsalted) to complement the peanut butter sauce that brings it all together. The sauce comes together really easily in a small pan in a matter of minutes. It’s a case of add, stir and heat for about 2 minutes. I love it when a dish comes together so quickly.
So it’s even quicker to make I used ready-cooked quinoa, which comes in little bags that need to be microwaved for 90 seconds to be piping hot. But by all means, use dried quinoa and make it yourself. Whatever is easier and cheaper for you. Just be mindful the weight/volume of the quinoa in this recipe is for cooked quinoa not raw.
As as I previously mentioned the sauce is really simple to put together. It’s just peanut butter a little teriyaki sauce, olive oil, light brown sugar to add a touch of sweetness. And a little garlic, ginger and chillies for a pinch of heat. Nothing too serious in the heat department but you are more than welcome to increase it if you so wish.
The longest part of this dish was the steaming of the veg, for the water to boil and the veg to steam it took a total of 7 minutes. In that 7 minutes, I made the sauce, heated the quinoa so all I had to do was a tiny bit of stirring then serve. 7 minutes, not bad for an evening meal.
Peanut Butter Sauce Quinoa Power Bowl
- 8 small cauliflower florets
- 8 small broccoli florets
- 1 medium carrot - sliced
- 140 grams smooth peanut butter (1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch dried crushed chillies
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 250 grams cooked quinoa (2 cups)
- 85 grams unsalted peanuts
- Start to heat the water in your steamer or if boiling heat a medium pan of water. Once the water is boiling, steam or boil your veg for 5 minutes.
- While that is steaming/boiling in a small pan add in the peanut butter, light brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, olive oil, crushed chillies, ground ginger and the crushed garlic. Over a low to medium heat stir everything together till it resembles a sauce and heats through. About 2-3 minutes. Once done take it off the heat.
- Heat the quinoa in the microwave for 90 seconds or according to the packet instructions.
- Mix the quinoa with 2/3 of the sauce and half of the peanuts and dish out into 2 bowls.
- Take the veg out of the steamer and divide it between the 2 bowls and pour the remaining sauce on top of the veg.
- Divide the remaining peanuts between the bowls by scattering them on top.
- For this recipe I used ready cooked quinoa but if you are going to need to cook your own then you may need a few minutes longer to get everything together.
Do you want to join in on the peanut butter bash fun? If so, email Miranda and request to join the Peanut Butter Bash facebook group! The first Thursday of each month we post a dish with peanut butter and a mystery ingredient. There is also a Facebook group if you want to join in the fun but don’t run your own blog, The Peanut Butter Recipe Box. Here are the other peanut butter and quinoa dishes.
Here are the other peanut butter and quinoa creations!