Protein-Packed Spicy Vegan Quinoa with Edamame


I adapted this from a turkey burger recipe when I went vegan. It is also gluten-free if you use gluten-free soy sauce. I use it as a post-workout meal, as it is delicious, satisfying and relatively high in plant-based protein. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups


  • 3 ½ cups water

  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed

  • 4 teaspoons vegetable bouillon (such as Better Than Bouillon®)

  • 2 ½ cups frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 sweet onions, chopped

  • 2 bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek), or to taste (Optional)


  1. Bring water, quinoa, and vegetable bouillon to a boil in a large pot; stir in edamame, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onions and bell peppers until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce, cilantro, and chile paste.

  3. Stir onion mixture into quinoa mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, until excess broth has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This can be served immediately or refrigerated for up to 1 week and reheated.

I buy frozen shelled edamame in packets from Trader Joe's(R).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
5g Fat
35g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 28mg 139%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 380mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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