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5-Minutes Anti-Inflammatory Power Bowl

We know life can be busy, and finding time to prepare nutritious meals can sometimes feel like a daunting task. That's why we teamed with Bels, known as @crueltyfreewithbels, to create this super easy, antioxidant-packed quinoa rice bowl recipe that you can whip up in just 5 minutes. Perfect for a quick lunch, a light dinner, or even a hearty snack, this rice bowl is not only brimming with vibrant flavours but also loaded with ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.

Get ready to transform simple ingredients into a delicious, satisfying meal that will leave you feeling nourished and energised. Let's dive into the recipe and see how easy it is to make a wholesome vegan rice bowl in no time!


  • 1 cup pre-cooked quinoa rice (or just quinoa or rice)
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2-3 pre-made sweet potato falafel (store-bought or prepared in advance)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Lemon wedge for squeezing on top


  1. Prep the Base:
    • If you have pre-cooked quinoa rice, you’re ready to go. If not, quickly heat it up in the microwave or on the stove.
  2. Season and Sauté:
    • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add the olive oil.
    • Add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms to the pan, sautéing for about 1-2 minutes until they begin to soften.
    • Sprinkle turmeric, paprika, and cumin over the mushrooms and garlic, stirring well to combine.
    • Add the sweet potato falafel to the pan and heat them through, turning occasionally, for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Assemble the Bowl:
    • In a large bowl, layer the quinoa rice as the base.
    • Arrange the avocado slices on one side of the bowl.
    • Add the chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and chopped walnuts around the bowl.
    • Place the seasoned mushrooms and sweet potato falafel on top.
  4. Season and Serve:
    • Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top if desired.
    • Add salt and pepper to taste.
    • Squeeze a lemon wedge over the bowl for a fresh burst of flavour if you like.

Now it's ready for you to chomp! 

5-Minutes Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Power Bowl

Nutritional Benefits

  • Sweet Potato Falafel: Rich in fibre, vitamins A and C, and loaded with antioxidants.
  • Quinoa Rice: High in protein, fibre, and essential amino acids.
  • Avocado: Provides healthy fats, fibre, and a variety of vitamins and minerals.
  • Mushrooms: Low in calories and high in antioxidants like selenium.
  • Pumpkin Seeds and Walnuts: Excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Chickpeas: Packed with protein, fibre, and essential nutrients.
  • Garlic: Known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
  • Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound.
  • Paprika and Cumin: Both spices have anti-inflammatory properties and add depth of flavour.

This power bowl combines a variety of textures and flavours, making it a delicious and nutritious meal you can enjoy in just 5 minutes. Enjoy your antioxidant and anti-inflammatory-packed meal!

About Bels

I’ve been vegan for over a year now (was veggie a long time before that which I think is very relatable!) and already feel so much HEALTHIER! The perks of a plant based diet are incredible & the fact we aren’t taking from the factory farmed animals is a huge plus. Animal welfare is the main reason I switched from veggie to vegan and I definitely won’t be switching back anytime soon!

Follow her for more easy plant-based recipes: https://www.instagram.com/crueltyfreewithb/