Beet & Quinoa Breakfast Bowl For Better Blood Flow & Performance

Recipe by Katie Mae
Makes 2­­–3 servings| Ready in 20 minutes | Stores 5 days in fridge (nuts kept separate)


    2 medium red beets, peeled and ends trimmed (16 oz)
    ½ cup dry quinoa (3 oz)
    2½ cups water
    ½ tablespoon Turmeric Spice Blend (separate recipe)*
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    3 navel oranges, peeled and diced or split into segments (18 oz)
    2 tablespoons ground flax seed (½ oz)
    ¼ cup walnut pieces (1 oz)



  1. Dice beets into ½-inch pieces.
  2. Add the quinoa, beets, water, Turmeric Spice Blend, and cinnamon to pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the beets are tender when poked with a fork.
  3. Turn off the heat and serve.
  4. Top individual bowls with the ground flax seed, orange segments, and walnuts.



If you don’t have the Turmeric Spice Blend made, you can the spices individually. I suggest adding ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, ¼ teaspoon ginger, and a large pinch of black pepper.
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Breakfast bowls are very popular in the plant-based community right now. Chances are you’ve enjoyed them yourself. If you start your day with a bowl of cooked oats, or another whole grain, topped with fruit, nuts and/or seeds then breakfast bowls are already part of your routine! Awesome!

Have you ever had a breakfast bowl with vegetables?? If not, are you up for the challenge?? It may seem a little different in the U.S. but it’s the norm around the world. You can choose any veggies you like. One I’ve been adding to my breakfasts more and more over the last year are beets.

I love their sweet taste, but I choose beets specifically because they improve blood flow all over your body. This improves the delivery of oxygen to your organs and tissues, which leads to better mental and physical performance. Knowing this, don’t beets sounds like are an excellent food to start the day with?!


  1. Marlyse Kusik

    Thank you dear Katie Mae I just happen to have red beets, turmeric and the other ingredients and will try tomorrow. I get the organic beets at Trader Joe for very good price. I also look forward to later make the pesto zucchini bowl. Right now I inly have a tiny hand noodle shredder and wish to hope to get the machine that you showed me in operation for Christmas. My mouth is already watering. Many thanks and happy greeting Marlyse

    1. KatieMae

      Wonderful, Marlyse! Do you know if Santa’s bringing the larger spiralizer for you this year? I hope so! My favorite is the tri-blade spiralizer from Paderno. You’d love it! 🙂

  2. April

    Thank you for this recipe! I love beets, but never thought of using them in a breakfast bowl. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I made it this morning with a few alternations. I increased the quinoa to 1 cup so it could serve 4, used a full tsp turmeric, extra cinnamon, fresh ginger and added dried currants to the topping. It was delicious!! Can’t wait to make it again. Love the orange/beet/warm spice combo.

    1. theculinarygym

      You’re so welcome, April. It sounds like you rocked the Breakfast Bowl … that’s so cool! I love discovering new meal alternatives I would never have thought of!

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