Sweet Potato Feta Bowls with Harissa Tahini

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I’m always on the hunt for new healthy dinner ideas to get us through the week. Even I, who cooks for a living, get bored of the same old recipes. These roasted sweet potato feta bowls are so delicious, and a great way to pack in tons of nutrients!

The harissa tahini sauce truly makes this dish special. It’s a mix of tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice, garlic, water, salt and harissa. It’s creamy, spicy, and a meal prep staple in our fridge!

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Harissa is a hot chili pepper paste widely used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. It can be mixed into sauces, spread onto sandwiches, or even poured onto a plate of hummus to add a little extra heat and flavor.

When mixed into tahini sauce, harissa adds the perfect combination of flavors to elevate this grain bowl. Tahini is so versatile, and is a great addition to both sweet and savory dishes.

It makes for the perfect sauces, like in this maple tahini tofu recipe, or can replace a fat source in baked goods, like in these tahini oatmeal bars.

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The flavor combination in this meal is amazing! You get a good amount of protein, fiber and healthy fat in each portion.

How to prep these easy grain bowls

  1. Pick your grain. Brown rice is a go-to of mine, but quinoa, barley, farro, or any other grain you like would all be great options
  2. Roast your sweet potatoes
  3. Add in some veggies + greens
  4. Choose a protein! Beans and tofu are great vegetarian options
  5. Add your feta cheese
  6. Toss with your harissa tahini sauce

These bowls are delicious, nutritious, and a great way to use up any veggies lying around. The sauce is the best part, so I suggest making a double batch to keep in the fridge to pour onto everything!

Sweet Potato Feta Bowls with Harissa Tahini

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Course: Gluten-Free, Main
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

55

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, or two medium sized

  • 1 cup brown rice, I used long-grain brown rice

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • Bowl Toppings
  • 4 cups mixed greens

  • 2 large cucumbers, diced

  • 2 red bell peppers, diced

  • 1 can of chickpeas (15 oz), rinsed

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • Harissa Tahini
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1-2 tbsp harissa, depending on spice preference

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375.
  • Chop your potato into cubes and toss with the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until fork tender.
  • While your potatoes cook, prep your brown rice as instructed on package. I like to stir my rice in a pot with 1 tsp olive oil for 1-2 minutes on medium heat before adding in the water. I then pour in two cups of water for 1 cup of rice, cover the pot, bring the water a boil, and reduce the heat to let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Season with salt after letting it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Once your potatoes and rice are ready, pour into 4 bowls over a bed of greens with all of your toppings. You can prep these bowls ahead of time, and keep the dressing on the side if not eating immediately.
  • For the sauce, whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. For a spicier sauce, add in an additional 1/2-1 tbsp of harissa. Depending on the brand, spiciness with vary.

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