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This gluten-free, vegan meal is perfect for busy weeknights and is loaded with plant-based protein! These Protein Packed Creamy Tahini Quinoa Bowls are made with quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, kale, lentils, shredded carrots, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds, seasoned with nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and then drizzled with a dairy-free Creamy Tahini Dressing!
I love love love quinoa bowls. For me, they are a great excuse to use up produce that’s about to go bad in a fun, delicious way! These quinoa bowls have been on repeat at my house lately and the whole family loves them! Protein Packed Creamy Tahini Quinoa Bowls are boasting with plant-based protein you get from essentially every ingredient included in this nourishing meal. And the leftovers are delicious too. You all know I’m a BIG fan of cook-once-eat-twice meals 😉
Lately I’ve been cooking up a double batch of quinoa and keeping it on hand in the fridge for a quick and easy option for breakfast lunch or dinner. So if you have some, these bowls will practically make themselves!
If you don’t have any quinoa already cooked, you’ll just cook some up in about 15-20 minutes. The only other thing you need to cook is the sweet potato. Peel, chop, and bake the sweet potato- also for about 20 minutes. I like to drizzle my sweet potatoes with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt. Buying canned lentils keeps this recipe easy, but if you can’t find them or prefer to cook your lentils at home, that’s fine too.
Once the quinoa and sweet potatoes are cooked you’ll combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and toss with 1/3 cup of the creamy tahini dressing. There will be leftover dressing which is also great on salads! But if you’re a dressing lover, you go ahead and drizzle more on top of your bowl. I tend to like a lot of dressing 😉
This is my go-to dressing. It’s so good on any salad, and especially delicious in these quinoa bowls. It’s super easy to make, using just 6 simple ingredients (not counting salt and pepper): tahini, olive oil, plant milk, maple syrup, vinegar, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Simply blend ingredients together (or you can whisk them together if you don’t have a blender) until smooth. The recipe will make more than what you need for these Creamy Tahini Quinoa Bowls, but you’ll be happy to have extra for your next bowl or salad 🙃
These bowls are really flexible and based a lot on your preference. It’s really up to you on how much of each ingredient you want to add. For example if you want more carrots and less lentils, go for it! So while I provide specific measurements, know that it’s totally up to you.
Let me know your bowl preference or any additional ingredients you use down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others can discover this powerfully healthy, plant-based protein-packed recipe! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!
*This is only an approximate calculation