Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl Recipe With Red Bell Pepper Sauce

The health benefits of Quinoa are well known. But if its peculiar and bland taste is stopping you from including it in your regular diet, try this flavourful Mediterranean Quinoa bowl. This simple recipe uses fresh vegetables with Quinoa and a smoky red bell pepper sauce to dress them up. It is a very versatile recipe and you can use any seasonal vegetables of your choice. If you don’t mind the indulgence you can also add Feta cheese to your bowl.  Quinoa, Mixed vegetables, Tomatoes, Spring Onion Greens, Fresh Herbs, Lemon juice, Black pepper powder, Black olives, Salt, Red Bell pepper (Capsicum), Whole Almonds (Badam), Lemon juice, Pomegranate molasses, Salt, Paprika powder, Extra Virgin Olive Oil   1 cup Quinoa 1 cup Mixed vegetables , blanched, (broccoli, beans, corn, carrots, mushrooms etc) 2 Tomatoes , chopped 3 to 4 Spring Onion Greens , chopped Fresh Herbs , Handful of chopped herbs (parsley, basil) 1 tablespoon Lemon juice 1/2 teaspoons Black pepper powder 8 Black olives , sliced/chopped Salt , to taste For the red bell pepper sauce 2 Red Bell pepper (Capsicum) 10 to 12 Whole Almonds (Badam) , or walnuts 1 tablespoon Lemon juice 2 teaspoon Pomegranate molasses , optional Salt , to taste 1/2 teaspoon Paprika powder 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil     10   30     To begin making the Mediterranean Quinoa bowl first, chargrill the peppers directly on a flame till they are evenly roasted.Cool and peel off the black skin. Remove seeds and chop the peppersBlend the peppers with the other ingredients under ‘red bell pepper sauce’ in a blender and keep it aside.Cook Quinoa according to the package instructions. Once done, cool it down.In a large mixing bowl, add the Quinoa, vegetables, tomatoes, onions, herbs, lime juice, olives, salt and black pepper. Mix and put in individual bowls topped with the red bell pepper sauce. Chill for 30 minutes (optional) and serve.Serve this healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl on its own for a light meal or as a salad with Homemade Hummus and Pita Bread for your dinner.