Green Goddess Quinoa Bowls are filled with quinoa, avocado, kale, chickpeas, edamame, and topped with a healthy Green Goddess dressing!
Blahhhh Monday’s after vacation are the worst, right?! Not only am I missing the ocean and sunshine, but I’m exhausted. Lars slept terribly pretty much every night we were gone and then we missed our connecting flight home which meant we had to stay overnight in Dallas until we could get out the next morning. So yeah, I could use a nap.
BUT on the bright side – it’s my birthday week! This ain’t just any old birthday either – I’m turning the big 3-0. Womp womp.
Although, I’m really not dreading it. I think it’ll feel weird to say that I’m thirty, but truly I feel like my thirties are going to kick some serious boo-tay.
Since I have a majorly delicious birthday cake recipe comin’ atcha later this week (yes, I make my own birthday cake!), I thought we’d start off the week with a recipe that is loaded with healthy things.
I don’t know what it is about Green Goddess dressing that I want to love, but it just seems like something I should have in my life. It’s the name that sounds so enticing. Unfortunately, if you look at most of the bottled Green Goddess dressings, there’s little to love about the ingredients.
So naturally, I decided to make my own. Instead of mayo and a long list of things I can’t pronounce, this Greek Goddess dressing boasts of avocado, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and your choice of herbs. Side note: yes, you really can use whatever herbs you have on hand! Obviously this will change the flavor according to what herbs to use, but that’s the fun of this dressing. I have made it with cilantro only, cilantro and parsley, and basil and chives and they’re ALL delicious!
While this dressing is good on lots of things (try dipping tortilla chips in it…), I decided to make a big nourishing quinoa bowl to slather it on for some post-vacay detox.
You can really add anything to your green goddess quinoa bowl, but I chose sauteed kale, chickpeas, edamame, and avocado and absolutely loved the combination. Other ideas? Sprouts, tofu, roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, lentils, black beans…anything, really!
The most important thing here is the dressing. Definitely do not skip the dressing! Now let’s get out there and rock this Monday!
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- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 cup shelled edamame cooked
- 1 14 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 large bunch kale I used tuscan kale, leaves removed from stems and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- For the Green Goddess Dressing:
- 1 avocado
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1 cup herbs basil, cilantro, parsley, chives - whatever you have/like!
- 2 tablespoons diced green onions
- Cook quinoa according to directions on package.
- In a large skillet, add olive oil and kale over medium-high heat.
- Cook 4-5 minutes, until bright green and slightly wilted.
- Add garlic and cook another minute, then remove from heat.
- Make green goddess dressing by combining all ingredients in food processor or blender and blending until pureed.
- Place approximately 1/2-3/4 cup quinoa in a bowl and top with avocado, edamame, kale, and chickpeas.
- Drizzle with Green Goddess dressing.