Recipe: Asian Inspired Spring Fling Quinoa Bowl

Quick, healthy and completely customizable, this quinoa bowl is a delicious vegetarian option. With crunchy flavours and a tangy Asian-inspired dressing, this one-bowl delight is a great source of protein. Plus, leftovers are delicious the next day!


Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Makes 2 to 3 servings


  • ½ cup (125 mL) quinoa
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil
  • 4 mini Shanghai bok choy
  • 6 asparagus, thin
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) peanut or vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1 large radish, coarsely grated (optional)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) sprouts, your favourite variety
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. In a strainer, rinse quinoa under running water. Drain well. Place in a medium saucepan with water and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 15 minutes until water is absorbed. Remove from heat then fluff with a fork.
  1. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir peanut butter with chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil. Trim ends from bok choy, then slice each lengthwise into 4 pieces. Snap tough ends from asparagus, then slice asparagus diagonally into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces.
  1. Heat peanut or vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bok choy, asparagus and edamame. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes or just until tender, adding a couple of tablespoons (30 mL) water if vegetables begin to stick. Add about stir-fry for about 1 minute, or until hot.
  1. Divide quinoa into 2 or 3 bowls. Top with bok choy mixture, then sprinkle with carrots, radishes and sprouts. Drizzle with remaining peanut sauce and sprinkle with peanuts.

Thanks to the Peanut Bureau of Canada for this delicious recipe!

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