Vegan Caribbean Quinoa Bowl

Sweet and savory  flavors come together in a fresh, delicious vegan Caribbean quinoa bowl. Tastes as good as it looks! A perfect easy healthy, vegan, gluten free weeknight dinner.

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Happy Monday! Today will be my first day back to school after spring break, and I can’t wait to see my little ones. My spring break was awesome, my family is the best and I always have so much fun with them even when we’re just hanging out doing nothing. My mom and I got a lot of wedding stuff done – she’s seriously a machine and so on top of all the planning, I keep telling her she needs to take that on as a new “job”! In addition to all that she also helped me with my recipes for this week, including this vegan caribbean quinoa bowl – oh Sandy, such a gem! 🙂

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Other than seeing my wonderful fam, the best part of my break was this past Saturday – I finally did my 20 mile training run! It was a mental battle as I did it on a treadmill (haha I know, absolutely insane), but I did it!! Couldn’t be more relieved. My knees cooperated and I’m so, so happy and thankful. I was so upset I couldn’t do it with Joe a few weeks back, so I was happy to get it done, now I can sort of take it easy with the rest of my training which is definitely comforting. March was a rough month as far as injuries go, and I think it was actually more mentally difficult than physically. It’s hard to be held back by something you can’t really control. I’m just super grateful to have had my family, friends, and Joe when it was at it’s worst, I can’t imagine going through that alone – I’m more grateful for all of them than I could ever say!

Speaking of my guy, only 5 more days until Mr. Beaming Banana comes home!! The past week has felt sooo long. I know I shouldn’t complain since it’s just a temporary trip, but I miss the guy, dangit! And being alone at the apartment is the wooorst. I was easily distracted back in Columbus with my family, but getting back here for the weekend all I could think about was Joe being gone. Call me needy I don’t care, I hate being here by myself. I’m super productive in the morning then just get super bored which leads to pouting/sadness that Joe isn’t here. Especially coming down from that runner’s high, Sunday was pretty rough (picture lots of moping/serious boredom/random crying). Rumor and I are both so, so excited to see him Saturday – getting back to work should help it go by faster!

In the meantime, we’re enjoying our girl time, which this weekend was lazing/hobbling around the apartment on sore legs and eating everything in sight (best part of marathon training for sure), but on weeknights usually consists of dinner and a walk after I get home from work. This vegan caribbean quinoa bowl is an ideal weeknight dinner – it’s so quick to put together, but the flavors are so amazing.

Caribbean Quinoa Salad 2

We’ll start with quinoa – the perfect, complete protein! If you haven’t had it, quinoa tastes slightly nutty, and has a great texture. It’s actually a seed, not a grain, and it has too many health benefits for me to even list. It’ll keep you full and satisfied, but not feeling heavy like you might after rice or pasta or something. I was wanting a spring/fresh take on flavors since the weather is finally warming up (let’s NOT talk about the fact that it snowed a little here on Saturday – crying), so immediately I thought caribbean. Joe and I will be honeymooning in the Bahamas, so I’ve had that on the brain lately!

For my vegan caribbean quinoa bowl I used black beans, chopped bell peppers and onion, cherry tomatoes, and some chopped pineapple. The sweet pineapple goes so well with the savory beans and peppers giving it a tropical twist, and the creaminess of an avocado on top was the perfect complement! And the perfect healthy fat to round out your meal. Give this bowl a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Now I’m thinking it’d be even better with some hot sauce…or maybe that’s just cause I put that on almost everything I eat. Anyway, it would also be awesome to meal prep a big batch of this on Sunday and have it for a work lunch all week. Something tells me Joe will be trying that when he gets home!

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If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram.

Vegan Caribbean Quinoa Bowl

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2 bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 c dry quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped pineapple
  • Avocado

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa - put 1 cup dry quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water - bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cook covered until they quinoa has absorbed the water and puffed up, about 20 minutes
  2. Chop vegetables and pineapple, mix with black beans in a large bowl
  3. Once the quinoa is cooked and is slightly cooled, toss with vegetables and pineapple
  4. Top with avocado, cilantro, desired sauce, etc.
  5. Enjoy!
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