These vegan Southwest Veggie Burrito Bowls are an easy meal your whole family will enjoy! The quinoa and black bean base pack each plate with 13 grams of plant based protein. Top the bowls with homemade guacamole for super fresh flavor. Great for dinner, leftovers and as lunch the next day!
Today, I’m bringing you an easy dinner idea. Oftentimes when trying to follow a plant based diet, people say that dinner is the hardest meal to transition out of meat, dairy and eggs, so I wanted to give you a template of what you can eat on an average night – nothing fancy here!
So my friends, I’ve got a yummy recipe for you today with these Southwest Veggie Burrito Bowls! Cook up some quinoa (easy), toss in black beans from the can (easy), roast some veggies and put it all together in a bowl (easy). Top with corn, cherry tomatoes or salsa, and sliced avocado or guacamole – and you’ve got yourself a filling, flavorful meal with 13 grams of protein per serving.
The guacamole is my favorite part; it’s the recipe my family always uses when we make big batches of guac (one of our favorite appetizers when we get together)!
These veggie burrito bowls represent a typical style of dinner for me – roasted, steamed or sauted vegetables; a protein (in this case beans and quinoa, other times tofu, tempeh, lentils, nuts/seeds) and then some fun toppings. Sometimes I’ll add a grain like brown rice or pasta, and there you have it! Dinner, done. You don’t even need a recipe!
Ways you can change up these bowls:
- brown rice instead of quinoa
- other types of beans instead of black beans
- add extra protein with pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds
- toss in some hot sauce
- use any vegetables you want
- change the seasonings – you could go with Indian flavors, Asian, Moroccan, Mediterranean
- make a dressing or sauce to drizzle on top
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The recipe may look like a lot of ingredients at first but a lot of it is just seasoning, and you can choose whether you want to go for it with the homemade guacamole or if you prefer a store bought version, sliced avocado or omitting that topping altogether. The point is – make this your own, and enjoy!
serves 2 people
These is an easy vegan meal your whole family will enjoy! The quinoa and black bean base pack each plate with 13 grams of plant based protein. Top the bowls with homemade guacamole for super fresh flavor. Great for dinner, leftovers and as lunch the next day!
15 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 tsp olive oil (or avocado oil)
- 1.5 cups sweet potatoes, largely diced (about 3/4 inch)
- 1 cup sweet yellow onion, sliced into long strips
- 1 cup bell pepper, sliced into long strips
- 1 cup zucchini, largely diced (about 3/4 inch)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 medium to large avocado, pitted
- 1 tsp finely diced white onion
- 1 tsp fresh or pickled finely minced jalapeños, diced
- 1 Tbsp fresh cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tsp chopped cilantro
- 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
- green onions
- cherry tomatoes
- more cilantro
- Preheat the oven to 425 F / 218 C.
- On a baking sheet, combine all ingredients under ‘vegetable mixture’ together except the zucchini. Spread evenly onto the sheet and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the zucchini and stir. Bake an additional 15 - 20 minutes until vegetables are tender and roasted.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring water and seasonings (garlic powder, chili powder and salt) to a boil. Stir in quinoa, cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
- Once the quinoa is cooked, add in the black beans to the pot. Turn off the heat, replace the lid and let sit for 5 minutes to warm the beans. Fluff the black bean/quinoa mixture with a fork.
- FOR THE GUACAMOLE: Combine all ingredients and mash together with a fork until you reach your desired consistency (mash less for chunkier guacamole, or more for a smoother texture).
- ASSEMBLE: Layer the quinoa and black beans in a bowl and top with the vegetable mixture. Add desired toppings!