Asian-inspired quinoa bowl

If quinoa isn’t already a staple in your household, stock up! Not only is quinoa incredibly good for you, it’s also extremely versatile.

This bowl uses quinoa as a base for some incredible Asian flavors. The ponzu sauce, sesame oil and nori (or seaweed) bring a comforting, wonderful earthiness, and a creamy ripe avocado helps bring it all together. (Want to add a kick? Add a few drops of Sriracha sauce to taste – highly recommended!) And because quinoa and avocado are both superfoods, this bowl should keep you feeling nourished for a good amount of time.

Some things to note:

 - If you’re not familiar with ponzu sauce, think of it as a lighter, citrusy version of soy sauce. But like soy sauce, ponzu can be high in sodium, so use sparingly.

 - Nori typically comes in packets containing several sheets. Using kitchen shears, cut one sheet into small strips.

 - Ponzu, sesame oil and nori can be found in the Asian foods aisle of any grocery store, or at any Asian market.

Recipe adapted from the Tea & Cookies blog.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5

Ingredients

  • Half cup uncooked quinoa
  • Half an avocado, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu (Japanese dipping sauce) or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Asian chili sauce to taste (Sriracha is recommended)
  • Handful of nori strips

Directions

  1. Cook the quinoa. See How to cook fluffy quinoa
  2. Put the finished quinoa in a bowl and drizzle in the ponzu, sesame oil, and chili sauce as desired. 
  3. Cut the avocado in cubes and add to bowl. 
  4. Sprinkle with nori strips. Mix and serve.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 270
  • Total fat: 12 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 390 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 35 g
  • Dietary fiber: 6 g
  • Sugars: 1 g
  • Protein: 8 g

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