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Easy Probiotic-Rich Kimchi Quinoa Bowl (Vegan Option)

Looking to try kimchi? Incorporating it into a grain bowl is one of the easiest ways to do it. Kimchi adds incredible flavour to a simple quinoa and veggie fried "rice," along with gut health benefits! Gluten-free. Vegan option available.
Cuisine Asian
Keyword dinner, grain, kimchi, quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, dry (or use 1.5 cups cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 bunch(es) broccolini (or other vegetable of choice)
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp kimchi liquid (from jar)
  • Approx. 1/2 cup raw kimchi (use half to cook + half for topping)
  • Protein of choice: fried eggs, pan-fried tofu, tempeh, etc.
  • Optional toppings: sesame seeds, toasted sesame seed oil, sliced avocado

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions. To make recipe in under 20 minutes, use pre-cooked quinoa!
  • Chop broccolini into one-inch pieces. You can use other veggies if desired (e.g. asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, etc.)
  • Heat a pan to medium, add olive oil. Sauté broccolini for 5-7 minutes, until slightly tender. Add baby spinach, and cook until wilted.
  • Add cooked quinoa, tamari, sesame seed oil, garlic powder, half the kimchi, and kimchi liquid to pan. Sauté everything for a few minutes. Once done, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your protein of choice (e.g. eggs, tofu, etc). Serve kimchi-quinoa mixture alongside protein, and top with extra kimchi, and additional toppings as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

*To make this recipe vegan, make sure you're using a vegan kimchi (i.e. one made without fish). Then, simply swap the egg for a vegan protein, like pan-fried tofu or tempeh.
*If you eat meat or fish, you could also try omitting the egg and serving the kimchi-quinoa mixture alongside a piece of meat or seafood. There are so many ways to enjoy this recipe!
*Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. If using a fried egg, just prepare the egg right before serving! For other proteins (like tofu or tempeh), you can store them together with the kimchi-quinoa mix.
*To maintain optimal texture, this dish can be reheated on the stove. Simply add everything to a pan and sauté until hot. In a pinch, you can also reheat this kimchi quinoa bowl in the microwave. To get the health benefits of kimchi, be sure to serve some raw kimchi on the side!