Wash the quinoa to get rid of the bitter flavor. You can do this, either placing it in a colander under running water or soaking it in a bowl and then strain it.
Boil the quinoa at medium heat in a saucepan with a lid, and add a volume of water equal to 2 times de volume of the quinoa until it is completely absorbed. It should take 15 mins on medium heat.
Prepare the legumes and vegetables.
Cut the shallots in discs and reserve in a glass of water, optionally adding a splash of vinegar (optional). This will help to decrease its intense flavor.
Steam or boil the edamame and green beans. Add boiling water on top of both the green beans and the edamame and drain in a bowl. Alternatively, cook in the microwave or boil for 2 minutes.
Cook eggplant. In a separate saucepan, cook for 3-5 minutes the previously diced eggplant, adding the soy sauce, until tender. You can place the lid to accelerate the process. It will take just a couple of minutes.
Dice the avocado and cut tomatoes in half.
Peel the carrot with a potato peeler, so you have long, beautiful strings.
Assemble the Poke Bowl.
In a bowl, set a portion of quinoa as the base and start adding the toppings.
Quinoa: you can easily substitute the quinoa for brown rice, cooked millet or farro, orzo, brown or wild rice.Eggplant: yellow, green, or red bell peppers will work well.
Liquid aminos: use tamari or soy sauce instead (remember that soy sauce is not gluten-free).
Edamame: use cubed firm tofu instead. You can also use either marinated tofu or crispy tofu cubes as a protein source.
Green beans: replace with chickpeas, lentils, black beans, snow peas, or split peas.
Carrot: replace with a bunch of spinach or arugula for a fresh note.
Cherry tomatoes: any yellow, purple, or red tomatoes work well.
Avocado: you can substitute for a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil to add some healthy low or unsaturated fat to your vegetarian poke bowl.
Shallot: use green or spring onions instead. You can choose to use only the green parts from the green onions to top the bowls for a milder onion flavor.