I've gotta tell you, I am SO done with winter! These Canadian winters are just awful. It's always so cold, I never want to venture outdoors and it feels like it’s dark ALL THE TIME.
The winter blues have been hitting me hard lately. And when I feel like crap it’s really easy for me to ditch my responsibilities and suddenly lose all of my good habits. Taking care of yourself and staying healthy takes effort! When I start taking the ‘easy’ way out and begin choosing processed convenience foods I only make myself feel worse.
Luckily, my body has gotten really good at letting me know when it’s time to clean up my act. After a few days of eating too much junky, processed food I start to get intense cravings for huge amounts of healthy, nutrient dense foods.
While I’m getting back on track I tend to crave nutritious things like smoothies, salads, and vegan lunch bowls.
I love lunch bowls because you can seriously throw whatever the heck you want in there: leftover brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, and any kind of veggies, cooked or raw. When you've got leftovers, lunch bowls are quick, easy and very satisfying. What's not to love?
Well, unfortunately, if you don’t have leftovers on hand, putting together a lunch bowl can become a very long process. I can get disorganized really quickly so there have been a number of times where a lunch bowl craving has turned into me spending over an hour cooking.
That’s what made me want to make a recipe for a quick, easy, from scratch lunch bowl. This roasted veggie quinoa bowl has 5 tasty components and only requires 30 minutes of your time!
In this hearty roasted bowl we have: 1) Quinoa 2) Chili-lime kale 3) Garlic roasted broccoli 4) Curry roasted sweet potato rounds, and 5) Roasted soy sauce and sriracha chickpeas. All of that, in just 30 minutes.
Roasting is the superstar of this recipe. The chickpeas, broccoli florets, and sweet potato rounds all take the same length of time to cook so we can put everything on the same pan. Every ingredient is perfectly cooked in 20 minutes!
During that time you can simmer a pot of quinoa (15 minutes) and sauté some kale (less than 10 minutes) Easy! Assemble and enjoy.
You can add toppings as you please. I prefer straight lime juice and red pepper flakes for this bowl but you could also go with hummus, avocado, guacamole, or sriracha. Each element is plenty flavourful on it’s own so feel free to go topping-less too!
This recipe makes 2 servings so you get to share or save leftovers for work or school the next day.
Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 bowls 1x
- Category: Lunch and Dinner, Lunch Bowl
- Cuisine: Vegan
This 30 minute roasted vegan lunch bowl is made up of 5 delicious components: Chili-lime kale, quinoa, garlic roasted broccoli, roasted sriracha chickpeas, and curry roasted sweet potatoes.
Garlic Roasted Broccoli
- 2 cups broccoli
- 2 tsp olive or canola oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch of salt
- black pepper
Roasted Sriracha & Soy Sauce Chickpeas
- 1.5 cups (cooked) chickpeas
- 1 tsp olive or canola oil
- 2 tsp sriracha
- 2 tsp soy sauce
Curry Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 tsp olive or canola oil
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp sriracha
- pinch salt
- ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1.5 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups (packed) kale, destemmed and chopped
- 1 tsp olive, coconut or canola oil
- juice of ¼ lime
- ½ tsp chili powder
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prep your vegetables: chop broccoli into medium sized florets, destem and chop the kale, scrub and slice the sweet potato into ¼” wide rounds.
- Massage the broccoli florets with oil, garlic, salt and pepper - make sure to work the ingredients into the tops of the florets. Lay them in a row down the center third of a large baking sheet.
- Using the same bowl you mixed the broccoli in, combine chickpeas, oil, sriracha and soy sauce. Spread them out in a row next to the broccoli.
- In the same bowl combine the oil, curry powder, salt, and sriracha. Add the sliced sweet potato and toss to coat. Lay the rounds on the remaining third of the baking tray.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Flip the broccoli and sweet potatoes and redistribute the chickpeas to promote even cooking. Bake for another 8-12 minutes.
- Rinse and drain the quinoa. Add rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover and simmer for approx. 15 minutes. Once cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside.
- While the quinoa is simmering and the rest of the ingredients are roasting, preheat a large skillet with 1 teaspoon oil. Add the kale and cook for approx. 5 minutes, or until nearly tender. Add the salt, chili powder, and lime juice. Toss to coat and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Assemble the bowls: Scoop ½ to 1 cup of quinoa into each bowl, top with ½ of the broccoli, ½ the chickpeas, ½ kale, and ½ sweet potatoes. Feel free to keep everything separated in the bowl or mix it all together.
Sounds like a great recipe! Make the most of our beautiful Canadian winters and buy a pair of snowshoes, it’s a wonderful invigorating workout!
I have made this recipe numerous times! I especially love the different spices and flavors? I have substituted baby spinich and baby kale, and power greens, whatever I have seems to work. Thankyou so much.
My family loves this recipe! I've probably made it 10 times since first discovering it a few months back. I love how much you can play with this recipe - I often change up the vegetables depending on what I have on hand and it always turns out great. I love making this with tatziki and/or a chimichurri. Highly recommend!
The flavors in this recipe were amazing. I really liked the sweet potatoes and chick peas.While I'm not a vegan, I am trying to make more meatless options. This one was the best one I've tried yet! Thanks for sharing!
I'm hopefully going to make this for someone who is Vegan. I'm dropping it off to their house as the family has been sick. Is it possible to eat this bowl chilled instead of hot?
Hi Kristen! You can definitely eat this cold. While I'm not sure if they'd prefer it hot rather than cold (and of course they could reheat it if they like), I've eat it cold in packed lunches plenty of times!
LOVE this recipe. Easy and delicious. My non-vegan husband went back for seconds and has asked me to make it again.
Love this recipe. The roasted vegetables came out perfectly and had lots of flavor. Quick and easy dinner.
The spices in this were sooooo good and made what could have been a “blah” bowl into a fabulous burst of flavors and textures. My husband and son loved it. My son even asked to have the recipe sent to him. Thank you!
I'm happy to hear that Debbie, I'm glad your family enjoyed it so much 😀
This recipe was awesome. I just impressed my wife with a healthy tasty veggie dinner. Thanks!
I know I'm pretty late to the party on this one, but OMG this recipe is delish!!! I am not even close to vegan but do love veggies. I've made it 4 times since I found it on Pinterest two weeks ago. I love it hot for dinner and look forward to my cold lunch leftovers the next day! I really need to start doubling it. I have been substituting butternut squash for the sweet potatoes and using canned chickpeas (garbanzos) The only thing is it takes a while to shell them all prior to roasting. Highly recommend, can't wait to discover more recipes on your blog!
I cant wait to try this. Question is this meant to be eaten warm or cold or both?
It's meant to be eaten warm, but I've eaten it cold for packed lunches many times!
Absolutely delicious!! It didn't take me 30 minutes to cook though. With all the prep etc it was closer to about an hour, but it was well worth it. Its our favourite autumn meal at the moment! I the flavours combined with the small spicy crisp is moreish. Highly recommended!
Thanks so much Heather! I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I’ve been using this recipe for I don’t know, 3 years? So I thought it was time for me to leave a review! This is super hearty, easy, and yummy! The recipe feeds my family of 3 perfectly. We top the bowls with a homemade red pepper sauce and a lot of avocado. It’s summer in Southern California and this is the only thing I’ll turn my oven on for! My now ten year old used to be so picky, this was one of the first healthy dinners I could get her to eat. Thank you for the recipe 🙂
OMG - made the Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl and it was AMAZING! Will be making this often - so full of flavor! Thank you!
Would yoi 3at this cold for lunch the next day or reheat ?looks yunny!
I'd be likely to eat it either way! This would be a great dish for eating cold, like a roasted veggie/quinoa salad, but reheating it would be perfect too!
Yum! Making this for dinner tomorrow night. I love a good bowl. I made your vegan goddess bowl recently and it was delish. An unrelated question, where did you get the labeler for your pantry jars? Old school and I love it. Thanks!
Hi Mel! Ah! Thank you so much, I'm so glad you loved the goddess bowl! I think you'll like this one too 🙂 A lot of people mentioned that this one would be good with a sauce. I usually use hummus thinned with vegetable broth but if you have leftover goddess dressing, it would be SO good on this bowl too! I use the DYMO Organizer XPress Labeller which I bought from Amazon. I love it SO much! I think the labels look so great.
This was delicious!! Loved it!
Yay! I'm so glad! Thanks for commenting Jessica!
Really yummy! Sliced the sweet potatoes too thick, whoops. A good meal to have post workout and have enough leftovers for lunch. I often find myself looking for healthy/hearty dinners to eat afterI've exercised and this is a keeper-thanks!
Absolutely Splendid! I don't think I've ever had such a tasty and delicious vegan meal! Thank you sooooo much for sharing this! My husband and I have been trying to cook more vegan/vegatarian and this meal is a KEEPER!
This was my first time making a veggie bowl like this and this recipe did not disappoint!! So simple to make and sooooo delicious!! Thanks!!
Loved this recipe, we will be adding this to our favorites list 🙂
Yay! Thanks!! 🙂
Made this tonight and it was delicious! My boyfriend's half didn't even make it to a bowl! He just ate the chickpeas and veggies like finger foods! Thanks for sharing such a quick and easy recipe!
Haha,that's great! The roasted veggies are definitely hard to resist. Thank you so much for commenting Crystal! 😀
Wondering what the white sauce in the recipe photo is!
Hi Sandra! That's just hummus on top. You could thin it out with vegetable broth for a proper "sauce" if you like.
Made this for dinner tonight, it turned out fantastic! The only thing different I did was to add some sauteed onion to the quinoa while it was cooking and toss it with coconut oil. Thank so much for the super easy recipe! I was surprised at how quickly it came together! Will definitely be making this again!
That sounds great Mindy! Thanks for commenting 😀
Mhmmmm i made this last night and i had the leftovers with me to work today!
So great! I especially love the chickpeas! I could easily just make them by itself and have them as a tv snack 😀
Again, great recipe, i love your blog!
Thank you Janne! I agree, those chickpeas alone are perfect for snacking! SO glad you enjoyed the recipe and THANK YOU for commenting. I really appreciate it!
I found your blog through Pinterest not too long ago, and I just made this recipe last night—oh my word, it was delicious and so easy to make! I'll definitely be checking out more of recipes too! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Wow, thanks so much Christine! I'm so glad you enjoyed this bowl!
I made this tonight! There wasn't any good looking kale when I went to the store so I tried substituting rainbow chard. That part flopped, but that may have more to do with my never having sauteed leafy greens before, and just not doing it right. Everything else was super tasty! I had an easy microwave pouch of brown rice and quinoa, so I just used that instead. Combined with the strategy of mixing the broccoli, chickpeas, and sweet potato in one pot, this was pretty darn easy! I did roast everything for almost twice as long as the recipe says, but I was expecting that because I know how long my oven tends to take for such a task. Everything was very flavorful, too. I've been roasting broccoli and sweet potato for awhile now, but the curry and chili powder on the sweet potatoes was a fun twist, and I will definitely be roasting more chickpeas from now on!My only wish is that I had some sort of sauce, as it was a tad dry. I don't think I would have liked hummus on it, and it definitely didn't need more sriracha or other spices, but maybe some sort of cool yogurt sauce? Something mild to balance the other flavors out.
Overall this was a nice, fairly simple dish that I would make again with some slight modifications.
Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review! I agree, a proper sauce would be a great addition, thanks for the idea! Thanks again Becca!
I made this recipe yesterday and packed up two servings for two lunches this week. This is such a lovely, healthy, filling lunch. It was easy and fast for me to make so this will be a regular for me. I have to bring my lunch to work every day due to dietary restrictions (gluten & dairy) so this recipe is perfect. I layered the ingredients in a mason jar to carry. So pretty!
So glad you're enjoying it Rita! What a great packed lunch!
I just found your recipe via Pinterest and wow. This is delicious. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Leslie! Glad you love it 😀
I tried this recipe for dinner (literally finished eating 20 minutes ago), and I had to rave about it. This bowl blew my mind. It was do easy to make and the flavours are phenomenal! Thanks so much Brittany. Clean, vegan eating never tasted so good!
Made this for dinner tonight and plan on eating the rest as leftovers throughout the week... SO yummy!! I think i cut my sweet potatoes too thick though because they're a little crunchy, but that doesn't bother me a bit. I'll just remember to cut them thinner next time. Also was wondering how you make your chick peas crunchy? I left mine in the oven longer than the rest of the veggies, but alas... they weren't crunchy ): still delicious though! Thanks so much for the healthy dinner!
Hi Maggie! Thanks for trying this recipe! It's definitely important to cut every thing uniformly when it comes to sheet pan meals, at least you know for next time. I personally would prefer my chickpeas to be roasted but not crunchy in this meal, but if you prefer them crisp I would try this: Dry your chickpeas after rinsing them and use plenty of oil (more than what this recipe calls for), and cook for closer to 30 minutes (or more, but be careful not to let them burn!) I hope that helps! 😀
I never write reviews because I'm lazy but this was fanfreakingtastic. My boyfriend and I just moved out on our own recently and it's bee struggle city but this recipe had everything we already had in the house and it was seriously tasty. Thank you so much!
Okay, I LOVE you!! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, it means the world to me. Also, I say "fanfreakingtastic" at least once a day so I think we should be friends 😛 THANK YOU!!
Just made this twice this month for work lunch and it's been so great! I'm really enjoying this protein filled delicious meal 🙂 I was wondering if you could share the white sauce you've topped the bowl with in your pictures? I have been adding hot sauce (on top of sariracha) when I eat mine but I would love to try other options! Thanks for sharing!
I'm so glad you're enjoying the recipe! In the photos, the bowl is topped with a roasted garlic hummus 😀
Not only a delicious protein packed and delicious dinner, but a beautiful bowl!
are the chickpeas uncooked ones? not the canned ones right? thanks a lot!
Nope, I used canned chickpeas! If using dry, cook them first and then measure out the appropriate amount of cooked chickpeas (2 cups = approx. 1 can)
Yum, I made this last night for the first time....It was delish! Thank you for sharing.
Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe Angie! Thanks for commenting 😀
I've made this quite a bit over the past 2 months, and it's fabulous! I love how easy and flavorful it is, and it gets my husbands' approval as well.
Thanks Jaime! I'm so glad you both enjoy this recipe!
This was SO GOOD! I omitted the chickpeas as I didn't have any, and doubled the kale. This was really easy and so yummy and filling! And it's pretty to boot. 🙂 I'm new to your blog -- love it!
Oh that's wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for trying out the recipe and for commenting 🙂
This was delicious. First time having kale or roasted chickpeas, loved them both! Also, I was never a fan of broccoli and now I realise I should have been roasting it with garlic all this time, super yummy!
This looks delicious! I'm finding myself making lots of quinoa bowls these days and this is great inspiration 🙂 So many flavours ^^
Thank you! You can't go wrong with a good quinoa bowl 😀
Looks great! One thing though, you mentioned leftover brown rice; I would advise against using leftover rice because a bacterium found on rice called Bacillus cereus can survive the cooking process and then when left at room temp or reheated later the bacteria develops from spores into the actual bacteria. Can give you a nasty case of food poisoning!
Really! Great to know, thank you for your input 🙂 I'm gonna look into that asap!
Katie (The Muffin Myth)
I traded rainy Vancouver winters for dark and cold Swedish winters, so I hear ya! I'm soooo ready for spring. This bowl looks like the perfect nourishing meal. It's the second time I've seen roasted chickpeas today and now I've got a major hankering. Definitely going to make these for lunches next week. Thanks for the inspiration!
I always wish I lived in Vancouver during the winter, I'd take rain over dry and cold any day! Roasted chickpeas are so easy and delicious, they're not a bad thing to have a hankering for, that's for sure! I hope you get a taste of spring soon Katie 😀
Katie (The Muffin Myth)
Honestly, living in Sweden has destroyed my tolerance for rain and now if I'm ever back in Vancouver in the winter I'm FREEZING even at +5°C. I'll take dry cold over rain any day!
Haha, okay I guess we don't see eye to eye on this one 😀 Alberta winters are SO DRY I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever feel properly hydrated again!
I just came across your blog on Pinterest and absolutely LOVE it!!! Your pictures are incredible and I love your message!! Thanks!
Wow, thank you so much Chelsey! I'm glad you found me 😀
Liz @ Floating Kitchen
Girl I hear you! I'm in New England and I'm just SO over winter. We've got snow piles that are 20-30 feet at this point. It's nuts. This bowl is gorgeous. I could eat this all day, every day!
Oh my god, that sounds terrible! 20-30 feet?? I feel for you you!! Thanks for the lovely comment, I hope spring comes your way soon!
Simply called food
It really looks good and tasty! I just love kale, I can't get enough in the summer time! You also have beautiful pictures!
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! Kale is one of my favourites too =D
I hear you about Canadian winters! This lovely bowl looks very tasty and healthy, perfect for these dreary weeks ahead.
Thanks Jennifer! I hope you're hanging in there, just a few more months of winter!
Sorry for possibly a silly question but do the chickpeas need to be left in a water overnight ?
Hi! I used cooked, canned chickpeas for this so I didn't have to worry about soaking them or anything. If you're using dried beans, here are 2 resources: Soaking beans and how to cook dried beans.
Glad someone asked this question - maybe you could edit your (amazing) recipe to note that the chickpeas should be cooked/canned. Thanks!
Thanks Cindy! Will do!
I have recently decided to transition to vegan and am finding it a little challenging to cook for myself (that was mostly my moms job - LOL) but this recipe looks simple and delicious! I am glad I found your blog!
Thanks Alyssa! I'm glad you enjoy my blog. It's quite the learning curve when you move out and have to start cooking for yourself! But I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no time! 😀
Thank you for the recipe! I was just wondering if you have the nutritional information available for this dish? Such as the calories, fat, etc. Your website's amazing by the way! 😀
Hi Katherine! I don't calculate the nutritional value of my meals, my body is much better at knowing what it needs than my head is! You could put the ingredients into a nutritional calculator but I don't think it would be very accurate. It'll depend on things like the size of your sweet potato, how much quinoa you include, and how many servings you divide this recipe into.
Hi Brittany and Katherine.
First of all, I LOVED LOVED LOVED this recipe! Thank you so much Brittany. This is the first recipe from this website I have tried and since making it I have printed off some more from your website and I am going to try them next. I am not vegan (yet haha) but I am trying hard to incorporate more vegetables into all my recipes. I especially love one bowl/dish recipes. I did a google search for veggie packed recipes and what caught my eye about this recipe were: one bowl, nutritionally rich, packed with veggies and ingredients I could easily find.
I did put this recipe (exactly as written) into the food diary app MyNetDiary (I loved the free version of this app so much I purchased the upgraded pro paid version). When I made the recipe I found it made 3 servings (3 medium sized dinner bowls). The app calculates the nutrition facts for the whole recipe, so per serving bowl (a third of the recipe) the calculations would be: 201 calories, 26g total carbohydrate (dietary fiber 6g), sugars 4g, protein 6g, fat 9g (saturated 1.3g)
p.s.The app also gives the micronutrient breakdown but I haven't included everything in this reply.
p.s. 3 servings sizes is based on the amount I personally can eat at one sitting before getting full. Perhaps for others it would be 2 servings.
The long winters are challenging for many of us. Looking for and trying some interesting recipes helps.The colouful limes in the punchbowl are a reminder of sunny warm places. Add a few tropical decorations, music and create a little paradise right in your own home. Just remember to turn your heater up a little too! Oh, and don't forget the flowers.:-)
Love your website!
Thanks for the great feedback as usual Cheryl! I like your idea for a fun and healthy "staycation"!! 😀