Spicy Honey Chickpea Bowls Recipe: A Healthy Vegetarian Lunch or Dinner in 30 Minutes by Jan Mostrom

Grains Vegetarian Dinner Lunch
11 months ago

Spicy Honey Chickpea Bowls Recipe: A Healthy Vegetarian Lunch or Dinner in 30 Minutes

Grain bowls are so wonderfully versatile and can be adapted to the food in your kitchen. This new spicy honey chickpea bowl recipe was shared with me by a friend and it's so yummy. I love how the sweet balances the spicy to make such a delicious sauce over your bowl. I made mine with quinoa, but feel free to use your favorite grain or even pasta. Then add your favorite toppings to make this delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch or dinner.

For this healthy recipe, you'll need oil, garlic, beans, honey, sriracha, salt, black pepper, cayenne, crushed red pepper flakes, a grain and toppings of your choice. (I've listed my favorites below but use what you love!) I top it all with my delicious probiotic ranch salad dressing that you can easily make and have on hand!

Serve this vegetarian grain bowl for lunch or dinner. This is also a great meal-prep recipe.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup brown rice, jasmine rice or quinoa, uncooked
  • 5 - 6 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 5 - 6 ribs celery, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 large English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced (optional)
  • fresh cilantro

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a saucepan make the grain according to package directions (a great shortcut for this step is using frozen rice packets and just heating). When finished turn off heat and keep covered.
  2. Mix the honey, sriracha, salt, pepper, cayenne and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. in a bowl. In a frying pan, heat up the oil and garlic over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chickpeas and pour in the honey sauce bringing to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to reduce and get thicker. Turn off heat and let sit as the sauce continues to thicken for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Serve the hot honey chickpeas over cooked grain along with celery, carrots, cilantro or whatever you'd like. Drizzle with your favorite salad dressing.

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Chickpeas $2 & Up
Sriracha $3 & Up
Quinoa $3 & Up
Rice $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
This looks so fresh and healthy, Jan Mostrom . Best of all, it looks delicious. I've been wanting to try avocado oil and this recipe has given me the perfect reason to!
Light and refreshing but full of nutritious ingredients to power you up.
Jan Mostrom
So true Cassiday its a new one added to our regular meal rotation! I love how I can change it up based on what's in my vegetable drawer and pantry too!

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