Mia’s Roasted Vegetable & Tempeh Bowl

with Tahini Sauce
Vegetable bowl

⅔ cup dry quinoa

1 block of organic tempeh, cubed

2 cups cauliflower, washed and chopped into florets

1 red pepper, washed and cut into strips

1 small red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 400g can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry

2 tbsp olive oil 

1 tbsp chilli powder

1 tsp sea salt

Tahini Sauce

3 tbsp tahini

3 tbsp water

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

This colourful dish is full of nutrients and high in plant-based protein from quinoa, chickpeas, and tempeh.

Sarah and I had the opportunity to sit down with Mia, at the lovely Marta Café + Pantry, to discuss nutrition and plant based eating. She is a registered holistic nutritionist, so has a lot of insight about how to include more plant-based, whole foods in your diet. To help inspire people to incorporate more plant-based meals, Mia shared this easy vegetable bowl recipe that features a plethora of vegetables, vegetarian protein sources, and a flavourful tahini dressing.  

To learn more about Mia, read her community profile

Photos taken by Mia Harris.

— Chelsea 

Serves 4

Directions for quinoa

Rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. 

  2. In a medium sized pot, bring quinoa and 1½ cups of water to a boil.

  3. Reduce and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed. Set aside. 

Directions for vegetables and tempeh  

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. Assemble washed and prepped veggies and cubed tempeh onto a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with chilli powder and sea salt.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until tempeh is lightly browned, turning mixture halfway through. 

Directions for the tahini sauce

  1. Add tahini, lemon, maple syrup, salt and water together and whisk. 

  2. Add more water and salt if needed. 

Directions for vegetable bowl

  1. Divide quinoa among bowls and top with veggies and tempeh mix.
  2. Drizzle with tahini sauce and enjoy! 

Further ideas and modifications

You can use whatever vegetables that you enjoy for this recipe. 


  1. Bety cole

    it all looks soo good.

    • Chelsea Cole

      Thank-you! I hope you enjoy the recipes if you decide to make some!


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