Red Beet, Chickpeas and Toasted Quinoa with Basil Avocado Pesto and Homegrown Mung Bean Sprouts

in food •  last year


Made this simple dish with the fresh mung beans we sprouted the other day. These long, delicious white sprouts are ubiquitous in Asian cooking, but almost never make it to western cuisine! A real shame since they are so delicious, nutritious, and incredibly easy to sprout!

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Their flavor pairs very well with the nutty flavor of the toasted quinoa and basil infused avocado pesto. Plus it's easy to make.

Ingredients (serves 2-3 people)

For the basil avocado pesto

1/2 avocado
1 cup Italian basil
1/4 cup unsalted cashews, soaked
2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese for non-vegans
3 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
3 clove of garlic
Sea salt and black pepper to taste


For the toasted quinoa bowl

2 cups cooked quinoa (we used a mix f red and white quinoa, that's what we had left)
1.5 cup cooked chickpeas
1 cup red beet, diced
1.5 cup bean sprouts
Sea salt and black pepper to taste



  1. Cook the quinoa according to the instruction on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all pesto ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add water if needed. Set aside in the fridge.
  3. When the quinoa is cooked, heat a skillet over medium heat and toast quinoa until browned and crisp. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add a little more cooking oil and stir-fry the red beet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Or until softened. Stir regularly.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas and cook until heated through and slightly browned.
  6. Then add the bean sprouts and cook for a few minutes more or until heated through. Add the toasted quinoa. Stir well and serve with avocado pesto.





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Ah ! Fantastic
Thank You for sharing


My pleasure! Thanks for your support!

this look so yummy

looks tasty dragon food


Hehe... it sure is! Come and get some! Always wanted to meet a dragon hehe

This looks really delicious and nutritious.


Thank you so much @globalfoodbook!


You are welcome

Yummy as always! I love your heart-shaped bowl, eating with love. I love food! :)


Thanks @xredsoulless! Made with love, eaten with love too! And I know, these bowls are so cute! they sell them everywhere here. They are made from coconut shells!

thank you for sharing


My pleasure @enomujjass! Thanks for dropping by ;)

looks very good and healthy. upvote from me:)


Thanks @captainfrank! It sure was delicious!

wow you are always blowing me away with your creative, healthy and very good looking meals ;) Thank you so much! :)
Enjoy your day! ;)


Almost bedtime over here ;-) Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you love my cooking!

I'll be following you @amy-goodrich. I thought there would be a lot more vegan posts and recipes on here. Hopefully I can fill my news feed with veganlicious posts like yours once I find all the right people to follow. X


Thanks @hazelpazel! Many plant-based munchers here! Since I still cook a meat or fish dish 2-3 times a week for my hubby you will occasionally see these passing to, but the main focus is on vegetarian and vegan dishes! Yeah for plant-power!

Chickpeas + Avocado + Sprouts = Sofia is in heaven :D ♥


Hehe.. same here! 3 of my fav foods ;)

I have been wanting to try and sprout my own beans. I must get busy. You have inspired me. I love quinoa. Looks great!


It is super easy! Good luck and have a great weekend!

Resteemed and upvoted! Looks amazing!


Thanks @mattyjbfitness! I'm glad you like this one! It was really good!

I enjoyed your info very much, the plant based food looks great, can't wait to try your recipes..many thanks for sharing...hope you keep the info coming...much Peace2U:)


I sure will... cooking is one of my passions I will not give up quickly! Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad my recipes are inspiring you!

Looks appetizing, I would like to try this


Sorry no leftovers! Hehe! But is is super easy to make! Enjoy ;)