Chipotle Tahini Harvest Bowl

Chipotle Tahini Harvest Bowl

This is the first meal I’ve cooked in our new home. I was a little nervous at first as it’s always difficult, as a photographer, to find your new light. But I was eager for the challenge after having the same studio room to work out of for the past three years. I was worried for nothing, as our new house has the best natural light of any place I’ve ever lived in (probably one of the main reasons I was drawn to it).

We went house hunting a few months back when I got really fed up with our oven being broken for 2 months and not being able to get it properly fixed by our landlord. We weren’t very serious about moving but when we walked into this place, I knew we had to snatch it. The whole place is lit during the day with light coming in through huge windows located throughout the place, and the kitchen came fully equipped with a dishwasher and brand new cabinets (neither luxuries I’ve had while renting). It’s really hard to find decent homes in a college town because they are usually dumpy college homes that landlords don’t want to put money into (rightfully so since most of them just get trashed). We are, however, not college kids and have struggled with finding a nice place with a great location (that happens to be close to the university). We got really lucky with this place as it had just been redone by the new owner since she had planned to live in it but got a sudden job offer in Seattle. I’m hoping to have some photos for you once we get all settled in but for now this little recipe will have to do.

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Needless to say, we’ve been moving all of our things the last 4 days and now will spend the next week putting everything away. We finally took some time for ourselves Sunday evening to whip up this incredibly simple and fresh harvest bowl (what a relief for my body after 4 days of take-out). This is part two in my partnership with Green Giant to bring a few quick and simple weeknight recipes to VV. Since all the vegetables were already cut up and the seasoning already mixed from the Sautés bag, I was able to whip these bowls up in under thirty minutes (less time than it would take for the take-out man to get here!).

Lastly, I’ve got good news and bad news. Remember that fantastic giveaway I hosted a few weeks ago? Well, the bad news is that if you haven’t heard from me via email then you didn’t win BUT the good news is that Green Giant has offered up another gift basket of their goodies to give away! The basket includes one 12-inch non-stick (PFOA-free) Calphalon fry pan, a wooden sauté paddle, love birds salt-and-pepper shakers, his & hers aprons, and two coupons for the new Green Giant Sautés. All of these goodies are perfect for your next #WeeknightDateNight! Enter anytime between now and next Wednesday, August 19th to get your hands on these goodies!

 

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Chipotle Tahini Harvest Bowl recipe below:

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Chipotle Tahini Harvest Bowl
 
A healthy and filling vegetarian Chipotle Tahini Harvest Bowl perfect for any meal of the day!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 package Green Giant Chipotle Harvest Sautés
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped lettuce (I used Romaine but get whatever looks good at your market)
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup tahini
  • Salt / Pepper
  • Juice from half a lime (+ more for garnish)
  • Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Remove the seasoning packet from the Green Giant Sautés bag. Whisk together the tahini, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, juice from half a lime, and a dash of salt / pepper. Transfer to the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Add the quinoa to a saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower head to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, warm the last tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the Green Giant Chipotle Harvest Sautés vegetables (reserving the pumpkin seeds for garnish) and sauté, covered, for about 12 minutes or until the vegetables begin to brown. Remove from heat.
  4. To assemble, divide the quinoa between two bowls and then top each bowl with the Green Giant Sautés vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini dressing, cilantro, and lime wedges. Enjoy!

 

Chipotle Tahini Harvest Bowl

This post was sponsored by Green Giant but all opinions in this post are of my own. Thank you so much for helping to support brands that keep VV thriving.

 

Shellywest

Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

August 4, 2015

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15 Comments

  1. Reply

    Warm Vanilla Sugar

    August 11, 2015

    This is such a gorgeous dinner! I love that sauce!

  2. Reply

    valentina | sweet kabocha

    August 12, 2015

    Moving is such an exciting experience! And the light in the new house seems simply perfect ^_^

  3. Reply

    Mary

    August 12, 2015

    This bowl looks so delicious ! It’s perfect for lunch or dinner 🙂

  4. Reply

    Hannah

    August 12, 2015

    Your piccies still have that VV look to them <3! Hope you enjoy your new place, Shelly! And a dishwasher?! So fancy!

    • Reply

      Shellywest

      August 14, 2015

      Oh man – I appreciate this comment so much! Never wanna lose my VV style!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    August 12, 2015

    Finding great light is just the best! I cannot wait to move into a home with multiple windows and light sources. I would just kill for a kitchen window at this point! Our dark little nook of an apt on the third story with no patio isn’t the best. But I have hope that there will be a yard and windows in the future **crossing fingers**. Cannot wait to see pics of your new place! It sounds ah-mazing. So so happy for you two! And this bowl – love how simple and delicious it is <3 Have a stellar week settling in!

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      Shellywest

      August 14, 2015

      #lifegoals #housinggoals hahaha! Your apartment may be tiny but you have the whole state of Colorado as your backdrop – not so bad, in my opinion! 🙂

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    Sydney | Modern Granola

    August 12, 2015

    Gorgeous lighting! I’m crushing on this bowl so much right now. Congrats on the big move!
    xx Sydney

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      Shellywest

      August 14, 2015

      eee – Thanks, Sydney!!

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    Keara McGraw

    August 12, 2015

    Ah, lucky housing finds are sure to leave you filled with gratitude. How exciting you’ve snagged one with natural light. I think as creatives, we put extra emphasis on that element of a living space. The photos are gorgeous––can’t wait to see more of the new place!

    • Reply

      Shellywest

      August 14, 2015

      Totally agree! It’s so much easier to feel creative when surrounded by an aesthetically pleasing environment! Hoping to have more pics of the the place up soon! 🙂

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