Healthy Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls

A Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowl recipe that’s a vegetarian’s delight! They’re made with roasted veggies, a delicious slaw, homemade coconut quinoa, and a yummy peanut sauce.

sweet potato coconut quinoa bowl

Have no fear, the most delicious vegetarian meal is about to hit your screen. This veggie-packed meal has been a Fit Foodie favorite for years, and we’ve reinvented the photos and tweaked the recipe ever-so-slightly so that you’ll love it even more!

It All Starts with Coconut Quinoa

This recipe features one of our favorite grain-like sides, coconut quinoa! Coconut quinoa is similar to our perfect quinoa recipe but better :P

Why, you ask? Well, it’s made with full-fat coconut milk, making the texture silky smooth and it’s slightly sweet thanks for maple syrup. Here’s what you need:

  • quinoa
  • coconut milk
  • water
  • maple syrup

Since this is a quinoa bowl recipe, we thought we’d take it up a notch and add a little Thai flare. Coconut is a popular Thai flavor and it compliments the rest of the dish quite nicely.

coconut quinoa in bowl

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Next comes the roasted sweet potatoes. I like how meaty sweet potatoes are. They give any vegetarian meal substance. They’re slightly sweet but savory at the same time and just perfect in every way.

We kept these roasted sweet potatoes simple with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little black sesame seeds.

If you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes or would love to add more veggies to your roasting pan. Here are some suggestions:

  • russet potato
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • bell pepper
  • green beans
  • cauliflower

Remember, you can pretty much make any of our buddha bowl recipes your own by choosing what veggies to use and what not to use!

roasted sweet potato on pan

Thai Slaw

Next up is a glorious veggie-packed Thai slaw. The thing I love about slaw is that It’s served cold. The rest of this dish is meant to be eaten hot, so when you mix in a cold slaw, the texture is just the best!

Here’s what you need:

  • purple cabbage
  • edamame
  • red pepper
  • carrot
  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lime juice
  • spy sauce
  • ginger
  • salt

Homemade Peanut Sauce

The homemade peanut sauce really is the cherry on top. It’s slightly sweet and salty all at the same time and you must not skip this part!

The base of this sauce is peanut butter. It’s thinned out with water, sweetened with a little maple, and made more savory with some soy sauce (or tamari).

I’m tempted to keep a big jug of this in my fridge at all times because I could literally add it to any and all recipes. How good would this be on top of our sous vide salmon, baked chicken, or ahi tuna poke bowls?!

cabbage slaw

Amazing Meal Prep!

Quinoa bowls make for amazing meal prep and that’s just a fact. This recipe will get you 4 total meals and you can easily double the entire recipe to make it 8.

So, grab your favorite glass meal prep containers and get prepping.

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Healthy Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowl Recipe

Our Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls are a vegetarian’s delight! They’re made with roasted veggies, a delicious slaw, homemade coconut quinoa, and a yummy peanut sauce.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Lee Funke
Yield: 4-6 1x
Category: Bowl
Method: Oven
Cuisine: Thai


Coconut Quinoa

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 15-oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

Purple Cabbage Slaw

  • 1 cup purple cabbage, sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into thin sticks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Peanut Sauce

  • 2.5 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter
  • 2.5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • Black sesame seeds, to toaste


For the Coconut Quinoa

  1. Prepare the coconut quinoa by following these directions!

For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Then, place diced sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to fully coat.
  2. Then, season with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and black sesame seeds. Toss to combine.
  3. Roast sweet potatoes at 400ºF for 25-30 minutes.

For the Purple Cabbage Slaw

  1. Place purple cabbage, edamame, carrot, and red pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Make dressing by whisking together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, maple syrup, grated ginger, and salt.
  3. Then, toss veggies in dressing. Set aside.

Peanut Sauce

  1. To make peanut sauce, place all ingredients into a medium bowl or jar and mix together to combine.


  1. Evenly distribute the coconut quinoa, sweet potatoes, and coleslaw into four bowls or meal prep containers.
  2. Drizzle with peanut sauce if eating immediately and top with cilantro, chopped peanuts, a lime wedge, and more black sesame seeds.


  • This recipe was slightly modified on March 1, 2020.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 518
  • Sugar: 11
  • Sodium: 260
  • Fat: 33
  • Carbohydrates: 48
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 10

Photos by The Wooden Skillet.

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