There has been A LOT of green around here, lately, what with Green Apple Spinach Smoothie, Green Goddess Fajitas, and now Creamy Avocado Garlic Quinoa Bowls. This last one was supposed to be part of the Herbed Veggie Quinoa Bowl from a few weeks ago. However, I started adding ingredients and found a delicious flavor before I was finished. Then I wanted to turn it into another recipe with a cilantro lime theme, and, Spiriteds, I’ll get back to you on that.
In the meantime, avocado, green onion, tomatoes, and quinoa are just a few of my favorite things. So I admit to being pretty jazzed about putting them in a quinoa bowl. I’m thinking these bowls are perfect for nights in with Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. We are the happy subscribers to the first and third, and, between you and me, I’m pondering that middle one, if only to absolutely binge-watch Golden Girls. I. Cannot. Even.
One thing K-Hubs and I are doing is ditching cable. I know. How very 1992 of us to still have cable. But it has all been in the name of home design shows and sports. We like our teams, and we like our hammers. In the sportsball arena, we are almost always a house divided, so that makes finding channels to accommodate both of us a little harder to do. However, Spiriteds, I think we have a plan. Fire TV and Playstation Vue. That combo seems to provide what we’re looking for without paying for everything we don’t watch.
Before we discovered PS Vue, K-Hubs had to have a moment of silence because he planned to forgo one channel that, from time to time, broadcasts games of his alma mater. I reminded him that the money saved ditching cable is equivalent to three sets of season tickets to said alma mater football games. Done. GONE! But then we discovered PS Vue, and his channel is there. Spiriteds, the angels started singing around him, and all was well with the world. K-Hubs is revived and ready to go.
I, on the other hand, will have to give up the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, a channel I’ve never had before but discovered while searching for cable alternatives. Naturally, once I learned I could have access to this channel through Sling TV, it became the one and only thing in the world worth having. I could have had the chance to devour episodes of Columbo, Mystery Woman, Jane Doe, and so many more. What about Murder, She Wrote? So glad you asked. I bought the box set a few years ago at Costco. Hallmark also shows Diagnosis Murder. I LOVED that show. Who knew Mary Poppins’ friend, Burt, would go on to become an L.A. doctor 😂. Cozy whodunits. Would I have watched anything else? I mean, maybe? Probably it’s a good thing we are going with PS Vue and no Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. I’d never leave the house.
Do you have cable? Something else? We can’t remember the last time we intentionally sat down to watch something on cable. I was going to say That-Game-In-February-That-Shall-Remain-Nameless, but even that game was on a readily-available channel, and admittedly, with two littles watching, we didn’t really soak in the whole experience.
As for Creamy Avocado Garlic Quinoa Bowls, they are definitely an experience, and one you’ll want to repeat as often as possible. Go liberal on the salt (I’ve said 1/8 tsp, but that’s a mere guideline). Add 1-2 cloves pressed garlic. As for the avocado, I say fresh but not too ripe. You’ll want one that is easy to slice but isn’t brown. This recipe is in a word fresh.And for best results, the ingredients should be, too. Now as for eating it warm or cold, that is the question. I am gradually turning into a cold quinoa eater. Whether you eat it straight out of the saucepan or in tomorrow’s lunch, either way Creamy Avocado Garlic Quinoa Bowls are going to taste divine.
It’s time to curl up on the couch with this in hand, ready to watch the latest on tv. Or, of course, one could always grab a book. Creamy Avocado Garlic Quinoa Bowls go exceptionally well with the latest in printed word.
Creamy Avocado Garlic Quinoa Bowls
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- 3 cups cooked quinoa (according to package directions – see notes for details)
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (can increase to 1/4 or more, as desired)
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
- Cook quinoa according to package directions.
- While quinoa is cooking, add pressed garlic and sea salt to saucepan, stirring regularly.
- In a separate bowl, mash avocado and olive oil together.
- Stir avocado mixture into cooked quinoa and top with tomatoes and green onions.
The quinoa I am currently cooking with calls for 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water, which, when cooked, provides the three cups needed for this recipe. It also doesn’t call for salt, which is why I have added it here. Additionally, if you want to eat your quinoa cold, consider letting it cool all the way before adding the avocado mixture, so your avocado doesn’t brown while you wait for it to cool.