California Quinoa Bowl from Cooking Quinoa

Today, please welcome Wendy from Cooking Quinoa.


Wendy is one of those bloggers I admired from afar for some time before we finally met online. I was always amazed and a little intimidated by the incredible output on her blog–always such creative, delicious-sounding recipes (and all made with quinoa!!), with beautiful photos to boot–on a very regular basis (I think Wendy cooks more in one day than I must do in a week!).

After some chatting on twitter, we eventually began to email back and forth, and I was so delighted to by how friendly, down-to-earth, genuine and generous Wendy is. She’s a homeschooling mom of three who eats–and cooks–healthy foods containing quinoa. How about  Quinoa with Veggies and Almond Butter Curry Sauce, Chocolate Chip Quinoa BlondiesRoasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad, incredible Copycat Mary’s Gone Crackers, or this uber-creative Cherry Quinoa Smoothie? And be sure to check out her varied list of cookbooks on her blog! Her recipes are always straightforward, reliable and easy to follow–not to mention, they taste amazing! (And I really appreciate how almost every single one has vegan options). Thanks, Wendy!

California Quinoa Bowl

My name is Wendy and I blog over at Cooking Quinoa. I am thrilled to be here today helping Ricki out while she works on her next book!

As you might have guessed from the name, my website is all about quinoa. I focus on real food, healthy recipes and an occasional indulgence from time to time.

I am almost never without cooked quinoa in the fridge. It’s great to sneak into breads, pancakes or cookies for my boys. As a mom I love knowing that I’m making these things just a little bit healthier for them.

California Quinoa Bowl

If you have a baby, quinoa makes a great early food. (Just make sure you rinse it very well.) My nine month old daughter has been enjoying it – often mixed with avocado – since she was six months old.

While all three of my children eat quinoa, the real reason I keep it on hand all the time is me! Like you all, I am extremely busy but still try to eat right. Having cooked quinoa in the refrigerator means a healthy meal is never far away.

California Quinoa Bowl

One of my favorite things to make is a quinoa bowl. I typically just fill the bottom of a serving bowl with quinoa and then top it with whatever cooked or fresh veggies I have in the refrigerator. I love to top it with some type of sauce, but balsamic vinegar does it in a pinch!

The recipe I am sharing with you today is one of my favorite quinoa bowls. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

California Quinoa Bowl

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Wendy Polisi is the creator of, where she shares healthy creative recipes and celebrates all things quinoa. An avid cook from an early age, Wendy enjoys the challenge of creating dishes that are healthy without sacrificing flavor. She is the author of the bestselling Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook and The Gluten Free Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook as well as popular ebooks QuinoaFit, Quinoa Strong and The Holiday Quinoa Cookbook. Though she dedicates a great deal of time to all things food, her greatest accomplishment is being a (homeschooling) mom to three children, ages 9, 7 and 9 months. Wendy is an avid promoter of lifestyle design and her family has been enjoying a location independent lifestyle since 2008.

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  1. Cannot wait to try this!

  2. Love the sound of that bean puree, Wendy! I am a huge fan of one-dish meals, too. As a mom, I love having as few dishes as possible 🙂

  3. this looks fantastic – I love the addition of walnuts! we love our bowls here too, I’ll be making this one soon.

  4. You are inspiring me – I have some triple color quinoa coming from a well-known company and need to develop a recipe and post – thanks.

  5. I love Wendy’s blog too! Lovely to see her over there
    I think I’ll make a batch of quinoa tomorrow…I can’t wait to make this bowl!

  6. Thanks so much for inviting me to share Ricki!

  7. Delicious! I love the idea of the bean puree with avocado! What a lovely topper! I bookmarking this recipe for next week’s lunches. Thanks for guest posting!!


  8. Yum, yum, yum! That’s super cool that the bean puree is like a tahini hummus. I should try making this sometime. It looks so tasty and colorful.

  9. John Hartil says

    What a delightful looking meal – cannot wait to try this one!

  10. What a great weeknight meal!

  11. I just made this for dinner tonight, and all I have to say is WOW! I loved the flavors, textures, and ease of preparation. Thank you for sharing! I cannot wait to have the leftovers for lunch.

  12. This looks fantastic! I’m always drawn to California anything on the menu – usually cause that means there’s avocado in it!

  13. if one was allergic to that type of bean could you suggest a substitution?


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