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Steamed Veggies for Two with a Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce

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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.

greek yogurt tahini sauce

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.

greek yogurt tahini sauce

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.

greek yogurt tahini sauce

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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.

 

greek yogurt tahini sauce

greek yogurt tahini sauce
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Steamed Veggies for Two with a Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce

A side dish of Steamed Vegetables and zesty Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce. Healthy, delicious, and ready in 15 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 2 large servings
Author: Kate

Ingredients

*Steamed Veggies*
  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

- If the tahini separates from the oil in the container, mix well to make a thin paste before mixing it with the rest of the sauce ingredients.
- This recipe makes twice as much sauce as steamed veggies. The leftover sauce will store well in the fridge for a few days, and you can use it as salad dressing or on your next batch of steamed veggies the next day!
- Feel free to make any mixed veggies you like, such as carrots, squash, cauliflower, etc.

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Summer

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

I would have some for my breakfast this morning ♥

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Kate

Friday 12th of February 2016

Hi Summer, thanks for stopping by! I don't think I'd be able to eat this for breakfast first thing in the morning, but I would definitely be able to eat this for brunch. :)

Little Cooking Tips

Friday 5th of February 2016

Wonderful creation dear Kate! Also great for anyone looking for a healthier option, this yummy recipe is full of antioxidants and has a rich taste, because of the tahini. Not big fans of tahini ourselves, but we can definitely use your wonderful recipe in another way and make it work for us:) And the timing is perfect, we just got a couple of broccoli from Evia from Panos' parents and are looking for a way to cook them:) Thank you for another delicious idea dear Kate! xoxoxo

Kate

Friday 12th of February 2016

Yea, tahini took me a little while to get used to, but I like it now! I think the problem when I first tried it is that I expected it to taste like peanut butter or almond butter or at least like toasted sesame seeds... but it has such a different flavor that you wouldn't expect!

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