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  • Makes 4 bowls

Grain bowls are all about creating layers of flavor, texture, and color. This Thai-inspired version combines a medley of fresh vegetables with a light but flavorful sauce that weaves bright citrus and spicy heat throughout the dish. A bed of tricolor quinoa (or any other whole grain you have on hand) and crunchy cabbage form the perfect base to pile your veggies high. Sprinkle everything with peanuts, cilantro, and a little extra sriracha if you like it hot!

Thai Grain Bowls with black chopsticks on a blue wood table

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh green beans or cut-up long beans
  • 8 oz. fresh button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups sliced napa cabbage or red cabbage
  • 6 cups hot cooked tricolor quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted peanuts

Instructions

  1. In an extra-large skillet cook green beans, mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper over medium 4 to 5 minutes or until green beans are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.
  2. For sauce, in a small saucepan combine the next five ingredients (through arrowroot powder). Cook over medium 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in half of the cilantro. Season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Arrange cabbage, quinoa, and sautéed vegetables in four bowls. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and the peanuts.

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Jenniffer4 months ago
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Delicious! My stomach is so happy now!
I love mushrooms. They were a little understated in this recipe. My husband does NOT like quinoa, but he said this one was okay. 🙂 I probably will make twice as much sauce next time

Lydia4 months ago
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The taste of the sauce is incredible, but I think it’s not quite enough – I’m going to double the recipe next time. Also I like the cabbage, but it was a little overwhelming, so I might reduce that next time too. Otherwise, a solid basis from which to start and play around until you get the proportions just right.

Renee6 months ago
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Super tasty and very presentable.

Nancy6 months ago
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Easy to put together and delicious.
Thank you.

Anita6 months ago
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What does it mean ‘through arrowroot powder’

Christine Paul6 months ago
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It means put the ingredients in saucepan up to the arrowroot powder

C6 months ago
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from “broth” to “arrowroot”
that’s the next 5 ingredients

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