This Tempeh Quinoa Macro Bowl features balsamic maple marinated tempeh, sautéed kale, quinoa, spinach, arugula, roasted carrots and a creamy cashew beet dressing. This recipe is vegan, high in protein, high in fibre and gluten-free. Try it for a filling, nutritious and delicious plant-based meal.

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How to Make Marinated Tempeh

Marinated tempeh is a breeze to make. Whisk up a simple marinade, soak away then either broil or pan-fry the tempeh for a few minutes to heat through. I like to broil it for 5-10 minutes then drizzle a bit of the extra marinade over.

There are many different flavours you can use to marinate your tempeh but for this recipe I used balsamic vinegar, pure maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder and salt and pepper. It’s easy, oil-free and tastes great.

To make it, just whisk the ingredients together in a shallow bowl or container, add the cubed tempeh and marinate 2 hours up to overnight. The longer you let it site, the more flavour it will have. You can even leave it a couple days if you won’t be cooking all the tempeh at once.

Not even sure what the heck tempeh is? Check out my guide to tofu and tempeh.

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Macro Bowl Ingredients

Macro bowls are typically made up of a whole grain, a protein source, some greens and veggies, some fat and a sauce.

For this macro bowl I used:

  • quinoa for the grain
  • marinated tempeh for the protein source
  • sautéed kale, fresh spinach and roasted carrot for the veggies
  • creamy cashew beet dressing for the sauce

I didn’t add additional fats since the dressing is made from cashews but it would be delicious with some sliced avocado or a few spoonfuls of hemp seeds or walnuts.

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Customize your Bowl

The great thing about macro bowls, or buddha bowls or whatever you want to call them is there really is now rules. You can use my creation as a base to make your own version of this bowl. Not a big fan of quinoa? Try it with brown rice or farro. Don’t love tempeh? Go with baked tofu instead. Fresh out of carrots? Roasted brussel sprouts or squash would be yummy too.

Alternative Dressing Recipes

If you’re not into the cashew beet dressing or just feel like trying something else. This macro bowl would also be good with any of these dressings:

That being said, the cashew beet dressing is absolutely delicious. It’s also very easy to make, oil-free, perfectly tangy with a hint of sweetness and would work great on any salad. I loved it with the marinated tempeh, kale and roasted carrots. Plus, look at that colour.

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Tempeh Quinoa Macro Bowl Recipe - Running on Real Food

Recipe Details

Alright, let’s get into this. This quinoa macro bowl is easy to make, high in protein and fibre, full of nutrition and tastes amazing. The different flavours and texture all work so well together and the cashew beet dressing is the perfect way to top it off.

This might just be one of my favourite macro bowls ever! It’s so simple but so full of flavour.

This recipe works great for meal prep too. To make it in advance you can either prep the bowls ahead of time and then add the dressing before eating, or store everything separately and assemble the bowls as needed throughout the week.

More Macro Bowls

Loving this tempeh bowl? You might like these too:

For more tempeh recipes, try my tempeh tacos, tempeh salad sandwich, garlic herb marinated tempeh or tempeh buddha bowls.

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Vegan Marinated Tempeh Macro Bowl - Running on Real Food

Tempeh Quinoa Macro Bowl

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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This vegan quinoa macro bowl features marinate tempeh, fluffy quinoa, kale, spinach, roasted carrots and a creamy pink cashew beet dressing to finish it off. This dish works great for meal prep, is nutrient-rich, filling and just looks so pretty!


For the Cashew Beet Dressing

For the Marinated Tempeh

For the Macro Bowls (per bowl)

  • handful of sauteed kale
  • handful of fresh spinach, arugula or both
  • 12 chopped roasted carrots
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa


  1. To make the beet cashew dressing, add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
  2. To make the marinated tempeh, add all the ingredients to a shallow container and let sit for a couple hours up to a couple days. Once ready to cook, place the tempeh on a pan and broil for 5-10 minutes. Drizzle with some of the leftover marinade before adding to the bowls.
  3. To roast the carrots, chop them up and add a tiny drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on a pan and roast at 425 until tender and starting to brown, shake the pan once half way through cooking.
  4. To make the sautéed kale, add the de-stemmed and chopped kale to a pan with a splash of water and cook until it turns dark green and softens slightly. Don’t over do it, you just want to lightly cook it.
  5. To assemble the bowls, add a big handful of spinach or arugula or a mixture of both, then add some roasted carrots, a big handful of the cooked kale, the broiled tempeh and a scoop of cooked quinoa. Top with desired amount of the beet dressing and enjoy.


The cashew beet dressing recipes make enough for 4 macro bowls. Adjust the rest of the ingredients accordingly for however many servings you want.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 444
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57 g
  • Fiber: 17 g
  • Protein: 28 g