This easy vegan roasted veggie quinoa bowl is loaded with mixed greens, quinoa, and roasted vegetables. It’s the perfect filling meal for lunch or dinner. Best of all, you can get creative and customize your bowl by using your favorite vegetables or salad dressing.
What is Quinoa
Quinoa, also called a super grain, is a protein-filled fiber, vitamin, and mineral-rich superfood. Quinoa kernels are the seeds of the Chenopodium quinoa plant. This plant is indigenous to Peru and is the cousin of beets, chard, and spinach. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and it’s soft, and fluffy when cooked. Quinoa is usually used as a substitute for rice, and its taste is often compared to brown rice as it is slightly nutty.
What Is Zucchini?
Though zucchini is often served as a vegetable, it is an immature fruit belonging to the Cucurbitaceae species. Zucchini is picked before it reaches maturation and can vary in color from a dark green color to a yellow shade. Like yellow squash, zucchini is a variety of summer squash, and it’s related to cucumbers and gourds. Unlike some vegetables, the entire zucchini is edible. Its seeds, skin, and flesh are rich sources of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients or phytochemicals can potentially act as antioxidants. Epidemiological and animal studies imply that eating fruits and vegetables consistently and whole grains such as quinoa decreases the risk of several diseases associated with oxidative damage.