Easy Healthy Quinoa Bowl Recipe | Vegan | Budget-Friendly

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One of my go-to recipes is a quinoa bowl. It’s one of the easiest recipes to make and is filled with protein, fiber, and colorful ingredients. 

This recipe is filled with tons of nutrients and is SO good! The quinoa bowl costs less than $10 to make for an entire family and is incredibly healthy and satisfying. 

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A few quick tips

  • I love making quinoa bowls because you can add and mix in fruits and veggies you already have on hand. 
  • If you don’t like quinoa, feel free to use pasta noodles like penne, farfalle, or rotini. 
  • What’s great about this recipe is the measurements don’t have to be exact. I used roughly 1 cup strawberries, but you don’t have to measure it. Just grab a handful of strawberries and chop them up. 

Kitchen Equipment

Here are the tools I used for this recipe. You don’t need these things, but it makes cooking this recipe a lot easier. 


This recipe serves 2-4 people. Honestly, I ate this by myself in one day, but I eat a lot. 


2 cup dry quinoa 

1 can of corn (15.25 oz can)

1 can of black beans (15.25 oz can)

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup onions (or less if you aren’t a fan of onions)

1 cup strawberries

1 avocado 


Italian salad dressing (I used Kraft brand) 

Optional: You can add bell peppers, 

How to make 

1. Wash quinoa by hand or run cold water through the quinoa. Cook quinoa (follow instructions on the bag).

2. Wash and chop strawberries, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and any other fruits or vegetables you want to add to your quinoa bowl. Add in the can of corn. Rinse black beans in a strainer that are in the can and then put them into the mixing bowl. Add your quinoa to bowl when it’s finished cooking. Stir. 

3. Put quinoa bowl mixture into the fridge for 1 hour.

4. Lime and Italian salad dressing add a lot of kick to the quinoa bowl. I highly recommend it. You can also opt to add any kind of dressing you have in your fridge, like balsamic. I even put mayo in mine and it was so good!


  • Quinoa can be swapped for different kinds of pasta
  • Swap out onions for cucumbers
  • Use chickpeas instead of black beans

Shelf Life

I recommend eating this meal no more than 3 days out. Make sure to store in air-tight containers in the fridge. 

Tips to save money cooking this recipe

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3. Plant-Based On A Budget is one of my favorite recipe books for cooking plant-based recipes. Plant-Based On A Budget teaches you how to cook healthy, satisfying meals for under $30 a week.

Meal Prep

This quinoa bowl recipe is great for meal prep. Store the meal in a glass container and eat it for lunch or dinner. This is also a great meal if you’re on a long plane ride or traveling. 

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