Quinoa. |ˈkēn-ˌwä|. I have to admit, I have tried to cook quinoa before on a couple of occasions. Every single time, my attempts have not turned out as I had hoped. The first time I remember putting it into my mouth and being horrified at the lack of flavor (I cooked only quinoa and paired it with nothing). The second time I was excited to use it in a recipe, and I ended up burning it (quinoa is quite a delicate grain to prepare). Today, I was determined I was going to have a successful pot of quinoa to put into this recipe. I carefully followed the package directions to cook the quinoa to its fluffy consistency, and today I have succeeded! This attempt was inspired by a recent visit to a local restaurant. I tried their quinoa bowl, anxious but optimistic that I would like it. I liked it so much that I have now attempted to replicate it at home. This protein bowl is FULL of protein! Over 13 grams of protein per serving! If you don’t have ALL the veggies listed in the recipe, it’s ok! You can definitely improvise with these. Make it a rainbow – you can toss in some fresh tomatoes if you have them, green peppers, yellow peppers, any leafy greens, etc. I basically just cleaned out my produce drawers and tossed in everything I had left over since tomorrow is a new grocery shop day for me.