In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, water, and salt (if using), and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside, still covered, for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Make It Ahead: Batch cooking is your best friend for Buddha bowls. Any legume partnered with vegetables and grains (or starches, like sweet potatoes or parsnips) qualifies. That’s why every weekend I prepare a batch of beans and a batch of grains or starch vegetables; during the week I can reheat and quickly assemble a tasty bowl with a steamed, roasted, or sautéed veggie and a little sauce or dressing.
Oil-free option: Use 1 tablespoon vegetable broth instead of the oil
and omit the sour cream.
Soy-free option: Use a soy-free vegan sour cream.
Excerpt from Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook: 100 Mouth-Watering Recipes for Time-Crunched Vegans, by JL Fields, published by Rockridge Press. Copyright © 2019 by Callisto Media, Inc. All rights reserved.