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Quick and Healthy Quinoa Pesto Bowl

Servings:
2
Total Time:
0
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30
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Jump to RecipeQuinoa pesto bowl with a fried egg on top.

Need a quick healthy meal? Look no further than this quinoa pesto bowl. It’s a great vegetarian main dish. The quinoa and egg adds a good source of protein, the pesto brings in the flavor, and the mushrooms add a wonderful crispy umami topping.

How to make quinoa?

Start by rinsing and draining the 1/2 cup of quinoa. To do this you either need a very fine mesh strainer or add it to a bowl and fill with water, then pour out the water through your hand so you don’t loose and quinoa.

Add rinsed quinoa to a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer, cover for 12-15 minutes. You want to quinoa to be softened and easy to eat.

Quinoa pesto bowl next to homemade pesto.

What type of pesto to use?

You can use store bought or homemade pesto. If you are looking for a dairy free recipe make sure to find a vegan pesto. This kale pesto recipe is a homemade vegan option.

How to make crispy mushrooms?

To make crispy mushrooms, heat a skillet to high heat. You want to add the oil to the pan and then add the mushrooms once the oil is hot. Toss the mushrooms in the oil and then let them sit. The key to browning mushrooms is to not touch them. Let them sit in the hot pan for about 4 minutes before tossing them again. Cook them for another 4 minutes and you should have nicely browned and crispy mushrooms.

Crispy mushrooms on top of pesto quinoa.

Quick and Healthy Quinoa Pesto Bowl

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Servings:
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Total Time:
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Quinoa pesto bowl with a fried egg on top.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 dried quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup pesto, homemade or store bought
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8oz mushrooms, sliced (baby bella, shiitake, or maitake mushrooms work best)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • crushed red pepper

Directions

  1. Add the rinsed quinoa to a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pan and let simmer for 12-15 minutes until quinoa is cook through.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, make the mushrooms. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a skillet over high heat. When oil is hot, add in the mushrooms. Let them cook undisturbed for 4 minutes. Toss the mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes. By letting them sit undisturbed then will start to get nice a crispy.
  3. Add your pesto to the cooked quinoa. Mix until pesto is warmed.
  4. When mushrooms are done, transfer then to a plate and clean out the pan. Now you can make the fried eggs. Add the other 1 tbsp of olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Add the eggs and cook until the egg whites are cooked through.
  5. Assemble the bowl. Add the pesto quinoa to a bowl. Top with mushrooms and fried egg. Serve!

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