Spicy Chickpea and Quinoa Bowl
Sooo how are you all liking the new site?!
I’m hoping it’s much easier to navigate now, I’m absolutely loving the new layout and design. In addition to the much-needed face lift that you see, I also added some helpful pages including a tutorial on how to start your own blog, food photography resources as well as a new FAQ page to answer any questions you may have. On those links I talk a lot about what I have learned since starting my blog 5 years ago along with many things that I would definitely do differently, but there’s one thing I’ve never mentioned that literally drives me absolutely crazy to this day.
My social networking handle = eaturselfskinny.
I know….who seriously uses “ur” ??? Well let me explain. When I first started my blog, I really wasn’t thinking that people outside my family and close friends would actually see it. That and EatYourselfSkinny was too long of a handle for Facebook and Twitter soo I was forced to improvise, shortening “your” to “ur” hence making the worst irreversible social media mistake ever. I seriously can’t tell you how frustrating it is that if you type my blog’s name into Instagram or Twitter it doesn’t show up and because I made the mistake on one account I had to continue to use the same handle on the rest of my accounts so that everything matched. Trust me I would LOVE to go back and fix this “oops,” but that means starting from scratch and well no thanks.
I’m bringing this up because I do get a lot of questions of whether or not I’m on Instagram because people can’t seem to find me. You could always look me up by my name “Kelly Gellner” (yes I’m married now!), but most people don’t know that so they simply look me up by the blog. I do have my social media sites linked on this site using the little icons up at the top, but I thought I’d share this little er mishap to save someone else from possibly making the same mistake as me!
So let’s talk about these spicy chickpea and quinoa bowls!
You guys one word – FLAVOR!!
These bowls were super easy to throw together and made such a perfect easy lunch. The combination of onion and garlic with tomatoes, cumin and red pepper flakes gave what would normally be considered a pretty bland dish such incredible taste! I love cooking my quinoa in veggie or chicken broth because it adds so much to the overall taste, but if you don’t have any broth on hand you can of course just use water.
These bowls also heat up great too making them perfect for your weekly meal prep when you’re looking for lunch ideas for the week or feel free to throw them on your dinner table as a delicious side dish. I love making lunches that are packed with good sources of protein and fiber. They’re healthy, delicious and best of all, extremely easy to make!
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- Fresh cilantro, garnish
- To make quinoa, rinse and soak for about 10 minutes in warm water. Bring 2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil in a small saucepan, drain quinoa and add to boiling broth. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn heat off and allow quinoa to sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork; set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil and saute onion and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients except the cilantro, stirring to combine.
- Cover the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- To assemble the bowls, place ½ cup quinoa in each bowl and top with a heaping ½ cup of the chickpea mixture. Top with a little cilantro and enjoy!