Quinoa Chickpea Bowls with Avocado Dressing

This easy vegetarian dish is packed with anti-inflammatory turmeric, heart healthy chickpeas, quinoa, and avocado, and delicious flavor for a quick & healthy meal.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings 4 servings

For the Bowl:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
3 cups water (for cooking quinoa)
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 can low sodium chickpeas drained & rinsed
2 large carrots, chopped
3-4 cups spinach or kale
1/2 cup finely sliced shallots
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
dash turmeric
4 TBSP feta or goat cheese, upon serving
For the Sauce:
1/2 whole avocado
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 TBSP tahini
1 clove garlic
1 TBSP water
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

In a large pot, add quinoa and water and turn heat to high. Add sea salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and turmeric. When water starts to bowl, turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 12-15 minutes or until all water is absorbed and quinoa fluffs with a fork.
While quinoa is cooking, chop carrots and shallots. In a large saute pan, add chickpeas (drained, rinsed, & patted dry with a paper towel), chopped carrots, and shallots and cook on medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes.
Add spinach to saute pan and continue to cook a few more minutes until spinach is wilted. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Make the sauce: in a food processor, blend together avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, and salt & pepper until smooth. Set aside.
Once quinoa is cooled, divide into 4 servings, top with spinach/carrot/shallot mixture, and drizzle with avocado dressing. Top with cheese if desired. Enjoy!