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Vegan Mexican Quinoa Bowl

This Vegan Mexican Quinoa and Beans Bowl is packed with healthy ingredients and tons of flavor. The cashew cheese sauce is absolutely amazing and 100% vegan.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Soaking Time:: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Cashew Queso (Cheese Sauce)

  • ½ cup Cashews
  • 2 tablespoons Nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon White Miso
  • tablespoon Lemon/ Lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • To taste Salt

For the Quinoa:

  • 1 cups Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1¼~2 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon/ Lime juice
  • To taste Salt & Pepper

For the Beans:

  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • 1 Small Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • cup or 15oz. Cooked Black or Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup Water or Vegetable stock
  • ½ tablespoon Soy sauce or Tamari or Liquid Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon/ Lime juice
  • To taste Salt & Pepper

Corn-Tomato Salsa:

  • 2 large Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup Corn kernel, fresh or thawed if frozen
  • 1 Green Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon/ Lime juice
  • To taste Salt & Pepper

Toppings (optional, but highly recommended):

  • 2 cups Baby Spinach or Baby Kale
  • As needed Guacamole (homemade or storebought)
  • As needed Toasted Pepitas
  • As needed Cilantro, chopped
  • As needed Prepared Salsa (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions

Make Cashew Cheese Sauce:

  • Soak cashews in cold water for at least 1 hour. Drain the cashews and reserve the soaking water. In a blender, combine soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, miso, garlic powder, lemon/ lime juice, salt along with 5~6 tablespoons of soaking water. Process until smooth. Chill in an airtight container until ready to use.

Cook Quinoa:

  • Instant Pot Method: Combine quinoa, 1¼ cups of water, lemon juice, salt & pepper in an Instant Pot. Cover the lid and set the steam valve to 'Steaming'. Cook on 'High Pressure/ Manual' for 2 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and quick release the rest. Gently fluff the grains and set aside until ready to use.
  • Stove Top Method: Combine quinoa, 2 cups of water, lemon juice, salt & pepper in a medium sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered for 15~18 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to use.

For the Beans:

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the onions, garlic and cook till the onions are translucent, about 3~4 minutes. Add the beans, ½cup of veggie broth or water, soy sauce, cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook until the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 6~8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice.

To Serve:

  • Divide the greens among the serving bowls; top with quinoa, beans and salsa. Top with generous dollop of guacamole and a drizzle of cashew cheese sauce. Garnish with pepitas and cilantro. Serve immediately and ENJOY!!

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Notes

  • Feel free to substitute quinoa with other grains like farro, amaranth, brown rice etc. You can also use a combination of these to make a vegan grain bowl.
  • Use other beans like pinto, kidney or a combination. Crumbled tofu or paneer or other plant-based protein are also a great in this recipe.
  • Add veggies like zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms to the beans to make it more wholesome.
  • You can also use all veggies instead of beans to make a quinoa veggie bowl.
  • Quinoa and the black beans can be made in advance. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge and for up 1 month in the freezer.
  • Change up the flavors to make either Indian or Middle eastern bowl instead of Mexican quinoa bowls.

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 744mg | Potassium: 1011mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1916IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 6mg
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