Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa

All hail meal prep. I’m a huge fan of the 80:20 rule. I like to indulge a little on the weekend, but come Monday it’s nice to get back on track. This Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa recipe checks all the boxes. Meal prep friendly. Makes 5-6 servings so your whole week is covered. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free AND packed with protein thanks to the chickpeas and quinoa. What else could you possibly want??

Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa

What You’ll Need for these Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa:

  • Onion and garlic
  • Canned diced tomatoes. I like to use petite diced, but normal diced works too!
  • Tomato paste. Its adds an extra tomato-y flavor vs using just the diced tomatoes
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Quinoa and broth to cook. You can TOTALLY cook your quinoa in water. I just like the extra flavor the broth gives

Spicy Tomato Chickpeas - vegan meal prep

I love how quickly these spicy chickpeas and quinoa come together. First, start your quinoa cooking. Next, while the quinoa cooks cook up the chickpeas. About 30 minutes later you have a week’s worth of lunches. These quinoa chickpea bowls are perfect to bring to work or school, because they can be eaten cold! If I have a microwave handy, I’ll sometimes reheat. But, I honestly love them cold straight from the fridge! So easy and convenient.

Vegan chickpea quinoa bowls

I often will have the chickpeas and quinoa as is. But if you want to get some more greens in your diet.. I LOVE this recipe with some baby spinach or arugula (or a combo!). Such a perfect filling and HEALTHY lunch to get you through your day. No 3pm hunger here!

If you like these Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Bowls, here are some other chickpea recipes you should check out!

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Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa
Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa are meal prep friendly, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, but still packed with protein. Great eaten cold and reheats well, this is your solution to busy weekday lunches. And the kick from the pepper flakes make it anything but boring. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #spicychickpeabowls #chickpeabowls #veganmealprep #healthymealprep #meatlessmealprep #chickpearecipes
Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa are meal prep friendly, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, but still packed with protein. Great eaten cold and reheats well, this is your solution to busy weekday lunches. And the kick from the pepper flakes make it anything but boring. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #kathleenscravings #spicychickpeabowls #chickpeabowls #veganmealprep #healthymealprep #meatlessmealprep #chickpearecipes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
5-6 servings
Ingredients
Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
Spicy Tomato Chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion small diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced. or about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 14oz cans petite diced tomatoes can sub normal diced tomatoes. Fire roasted diced tomatoes are another great option!
  • 2 14oz cans chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes depending on spice preference. Feel free to omit if
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • spinach or arugula optional for serving
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
5-6 servings
Ingredients
Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
Spicy Tomato Chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion small diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced. or about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 14oz cans petite diced tomatoes can sub normal diced tomatoes. Fire roasted diced tomatoes are another great option!
  • 2 14oz cans chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes depending on spice preference. Feel free to omit if
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • spinach or arugula optional for serving
Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa are meal prep friendly, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, but still packed with protein. Great eaten cold and reheats well, this is your solution to busy weekday lunches. And the kick from the pepper flakes make it anything but boring. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #kathleenscravings #spicychickpeabowls #chickpeabowls #veganmealprep #healthymealprep #meatlessmealprep #chickpearecipes
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. In a small pot, bring the rinsed quinoa and water to a boil on medium-high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the tomato chickpeas. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. When shimmering, but not smoking, add the diced onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes until translucent and slightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds - 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant and softened.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the onions. Stir together well and simmer for 10 minutes on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken up a bit. Adjust the red pepper flakes for spice level.
  4. Assemble the bowls with the quinoa and chickpea mixture. If using for meal prep, I like to use airtight glass containers. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Whenever I open a can of tomato paste, I freeze it in 1 tablespoon dollops on a baking sheet then toss in a ziptop bag. Then when the need arises I just grab a frozen chunk and toss it in. No more waste.

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12 thoughts on “Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa”

    • Hi Kelly! I have not tried freezing this recipe, but Chickpeas freeze well so it should work. If you give it a go – I’d love to know how it works for you. Thanks!

      • I haven’t personally tried freezing it, but it should freeze well! Glad to hear you’ve had success with a similar recipe. You’re totally right, this is an awesome emergency lunch recipe. Have an awesome Friday!

  • Made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious! Thank you for the hearty and healthy recipe! Will definitely make again.

  • This recipe tastes great…it’s a little more watery than I would have liked. Any suggestions on making the sauce thicker? I didn’t know if I could add more tomato paste. Thanks again…looking forward to having it for lunches this week!

    • Hi Jessica! The easiest way to make it thicker is to let it simmer a little longer. Take the cover off as well and it should thicken up nicely. Enjoy!!

    • Hi Tammy! Glad you’re excited to try it. If you make 5 servings out of this, each serving is about 330 calories, 13g of protein, and 10.5g of fiber. This is not counting if you serve it with greens. Hope you like it!

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