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Nourishing Quinoa Bowl

  • Author: GERD Chef Staff
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 bowls 1x


Nourishing bowls are one of the simplest and most delicious ways to eat healthy. These one-dish wonders are infinitely customizable and full of flavorful ingredients that nourish your body and soul.


  1. Set the frozen edamame out to thaw as you prepare the rest of the bowls.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the quinoa and vegetable stock up to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place 1 tablespoon of the water, 2 teaspoons of the tamari, and 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the shredded cabbage and sauté 4 minutes, just until wilted and starting to brown. Remove from skillet and wipe skillet clean.
  4. In the cleaned skillet, place 3 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon of honey and place over medium heat. Add the baby carrots and sauté 10 minutes, until carrots are tender and browning.
  5. As the carrots cook, create the sauce by peeling 1/2 of the pear and chopping. Place into a blender or food processor alongside 1 tablespoon water, 2 teaspoons tamari, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon honey, and 2 teaspoons ginger. Blend until smooth.
  6. Slice the remaining 1/2 of the pear to top the bowls.
  7. Create the bowls by spooning half of the quinoa into each of 2 bowls. Top with an equal amount of the sliced pear, thawed edamame, wilted cabbage, and caramelized carrots. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over top and serve drizzled with the blended pear sauce.


** While there are a few different elements you will have to juggle to make these bowls come together, they all use the same pantry ingredients of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), sesame oil, and honey for flavor and all results in a final dish that is truly satisfying and as nourishing as its name.

** On toasting sesame seeds: Place in a dry skillet over medium heat and, shaking the skillet constantly, let cook for 4 minutes, just until fragrant.