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You know how food blogs all have these elaborate gorgeous recipes, such as chili, stuffed pizza, or butternut squash ricotta ravioli? Well all of those are great, but let's get real. We eat really well around here, but those kinds of food efforts don't happen every night. Most nights we do something really simple, such as heating up some leftovers, and roasting or steaming some vegetables. So I wanted to share the kind of simple recipe that happens here most weeknights.
This side dish of Steamed Veggies with Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce is the perfect example. It takes all of 5 minutes to make the sauce, and all of that happens while the veggies are steaming. Easy enough even after a long day at work, and makes for a wonderful healthy side dish for two.
If you have never cooked with tahini before, fear not! Tahini is ground up sesame paste, the same concept as peanut butter or almond butter. It has a very unique flavor, which makes for a nice change from the typical teriyaki/peanut/Asian style sauces. Tahini sometimes separates in the container, with the oil coming to the top (same as with natural peanut butter), so it needs a good stir before it can be used for this recipe. This recipe makes a lot more sauce than you will need for the amount of vegetables. The sauce stores well in the fridge for a few days, and is great as a salad dressing or for your next batch of steamed veggies.
For this recipe I used the X-Chef Vegetable Steamer, which I received for a review. This is my first time actually using a steamer, and I gotta say, I am quite pleased and this is a game changer for me! Previously I have used colanders for steaming vegetables, or more than likely, I would get too lazy even for that and just microwave my veggies (blah, I know). But using a steamer was super convenient! I really liked that this steamer is expandable. For this recipe I only needed a small bunch of vegetables, so I steamed them over a small saucepan with the steamer collapsed. But for a larger amount of vegetables, you can open up the steamer and place it 1 inch of water on a large skillet. It has 3 legs to stand on, so it is nice and sturdy when it is opened. You can purchase the X-Chef Vegetable Steamer on Amazon here.
Steamed Veggies for Two with a Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce
- 1 small head broccoli
- 1 small bell pepper , seeds removed
*Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce*
- 3 tablespoons Tahini
- 2 tablespoons plain fat-free Greek Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (use water for a lower-fat version)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove , grated
- 2 tablespoons cilantro or parsley leaves , diced (I used cilantro)
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt , to taste
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes , to taste
For the Steamed Veggies:
- Chop the broccoli into small florets, and dice the bell pepper into thin strips.
- Boil 1 inch of water in a small-medium pot that fits your steamer. Add the chopped vegetables and steam for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are crisp tender and cooked to your liking. Remove from heat.
For the Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce:
- While the vegetables are steaming, whisk together the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste it and see if the sauce needs more salt, pepper, or lemon juice.
- Pour the sauce over the steamed veggies while they are still hot.