{meatfree monday} thai quinoa bowl

April 15, 2013

in Asian, Main Dishes, Recipes

thai quinoa

so with my love of thai flavors…and a few bags of frozen edamame in my freezer i came across this recipe.

i switched it to be meatfree by leaving the chicken out…but if you want to add meat – chicken and even shrimp i am sure would be delicious…

however it is delicious without. the crunch of the peanuts…the bright colors of the carrots & edamame. DEliciouS.

Hubby food rating he said on just a normal scale a 7… on a healthy scale over a 9.

and hubby said he could eat this every day for lunch. everyday!

i always have a hard time defining if something is healthy or not….i just feel like “healthy” is so different for people….

healthy could = vegan

healthy could = gluten free

healthy could = no sugar

healthy could = no carbs

so healthy to me is just what i feel is healthy.

i have no definition. no calculation…just a feeling…you know that loving feeling. haha did i get you singing?

thai quinoa

thai quinoa bowl


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (rinsed)
  • 2 cups vege broth
  • 1 Large carrot (diced)
  • 1/3 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)


  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter (i used Justin's almond butter)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)


Prepare quinoa with the vege broth. simmer for 20 minutes.
While quinoa is cooking make the sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and whisk well to combine.

Once the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid mix in the sauce. Then add in the carrots, edamame & nuts.

Serve in a large bowl topping with cilantro.

recipe adapted from how sweet it is

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alex April 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Ohhhh I will have to try this quinoa dish….Ryan refused to eat it for the longest time because it was “octopus tenticles” (what is he, five?…ugh) But finally tricked him into trying again and he liked! Thanks!


anotherbiteplease April 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm

hahahahahaha alex…yes sometimes it does take some tricking. i really think he would like this one.


jackie @ marin mama cooks April 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Hey Angela this looks great! I really love your definition of healthy. I feel the same way, everyone views the word “healthy” a different way. I view it as a feel good, kick in your step feeling you get when your body feels nourished. Healthy to me is about eating in moderation and balance. xoxo, Jackie
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anotherbiteplease April 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

thanks jackie…i love how you and i are so on the same page with healthy – balance – moderation have a wonderful day.


ashley - baker by nature April 16, 2013 at 8:21 am

Love-love-loveeee me some quinoa! This is a perfect weeknight meal.
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anotherbiteplease April 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

me too! i am so addicted to this quinoa now.


Reba- Not So Perfect Life April 16, 2013 at 8:03 am

Yumm Yumm YUmm! Cooking quinoa with broth makes it taste soo good! I love the ingrediants in the sauce. I just bought a can of coconut milk for the first time yesterday it is expensive! I was going to use it to make icing but this looks pretty tasty.
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anotherbiteplease April 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I bought my can so long ago I forgot what I paid for it…LOL…at least in this recipe you don’t use a lot so you could maybe still make your icing.


Becky @ Olives n Wine April 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

The sauce on this quinoa salad looks amazing! Anything with coconut milk and peanut butter goes right to the top of my list :)
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anotherbiteplease April 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

thanks Becky…i love that combination.


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

This looks so delicious, colorful and wholesome! I love it, Angela! Thanks for sharing.


anotherbiteplease April 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Georgia…it was really good. gotta love that pop of color in quinoa.


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