Israeli Inspired Tuna and Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
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Before people knew about Airbnb we hosted people from all over the world in our house. Some of our most memorable and dear moments were sharing meals with people who stayed with us. There is something so humanizing and bonding about breaking bread together. Of course ALL our guests were our favorite guests. However, there are some shared meals and flavors that changed my life from these stays. One of my favorite guests inspired this Za’atar Tuna Quinoa Bowl recipe. We were discussing food and spices and she was asking where she could buy Za’atar spice mix during her stay. Whenever I draw a blank on a spice I am intrigued and want to know more. So I asked her to tell me more about the spice blend. She started to list off the ingredients. AND bam it hit me. I realized I had this spice mix in my cupboard.
Whenever I travel I make a point of going to spice shops, especially ethnic ones. While in Salt Lake City, Utah I had stumbled upon a Middle Eastern grocer and went nuts buying spices to experiment with. But all the labels were in foreign languages so I had no idea what half of them were. Comically I had purchased Za’atar and didn’t even realize it! Then it became one of my favorite blends and I used it all the time. Although I was scared to use it up and not know what to ask for when looking for it again. Funny how opening my doors to a guest from around the globe led me to the information about one of my all time favorite spice blends and flavors.
Za’atar Tuna Quinoa Bowl
If you pay attention to my recipes and social media you know that I love low carb and healthy plant-full meals. They are truly my favorite way to eat. Creating meals that make me feel vibrant and good inside are my jam. As I created this Tuna Quinoa Bowl, I had that in mind. Actually this was my breakfast and it was just what I needed post work-out. All over social media I have been eyeing these grain bowl ideas and I finally got around to making my own. The flavors here are bold, herbal, and clean. Also, make sure you get good ingredients because there is nothing to “hide” a bad or low quality ingredient in a grain bowl. You want the sweetest tomatoes, the crunchiest cucumbers, good tuna, and fresh mint to accent it all.
Now the whole recipe really hinges off of Za’atar. You can find it here. And don’t be shy with it! You can use this spice blend straight in good olive oil to dip bread. Or you can add it to your hummus. It’s great on roast chicken or fish. Honestly, you will be able to utilize Za’atar in so many ways. Who knows it might become your favorite spice blend as well!
Recipe Created By Creative Mamma Candice
- 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa
- 1 Can of Tuna
- ½ Cup of Plain Yogurt
- 1 Heaping Tbs Za'atar Spice Blend
- 1 Tsp. Olive Oil
- ½ Cup of Chickpeas
- ½ Cup Grape Tomatoes
- ½ Cup Olives Sliced
- ½ Cup Chopped Cucumbers
- 1 Sprig Fresh Mint (leaves only)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook your quinoa as directed on package.
- Add one cup of quinoa per bowl.
- Drain tuna, add yogurt, za'atar, and olive oil mix well.
- Top quinoa with chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives.
- Use half your tuna per bowl.
- Garnish with mint.