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Copycat Sweetgreen Strikes Again with Tahini Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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I love me some Sweetgreen. What I love even more is when I find how to hack Sweetgreen’s dressings and create something just as good at home. I give you Creamy Sesame Tahini Quinoa Bowls. They’re sweet and spicy, while also filling and oh-so-hearty thanks to the quinoa and chicken. The Creamy Sesame Dressing is a blend of tahini and sesame oil adding a savory, umami kick to tie things together.

Ingredients (serves 4).

For the Bowl:

  • 1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 4 T dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 4 c spinach
  • 2 c cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 c quinoa, cooked
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

For the Creamy Sesame Dressing (makes 6-8 T):

  • 1/8 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 T tahini
  • 1 t agave
  • 1 t toasted sesame oil
  • 1 T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 2-4 T warm water

Directions.

  1. Warm the quinoa and chicken, assuming you prepped ahead of time. If not,
    • Cook quinoa according to package directions.
    • Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper and bake at 350º F until internal temp is 165º F and juices run clear.
  2. Place sweet potato in a microwavable container. Microwave for 1.5-2 min to steam and cook potatoes. Carefully remove from heat, watching for the steam.
    • Alternatively, you can roast these in the oven, but I went for the fastest, most convenient cooking method.
  3. For the dressing, combine all ingredients and mix well. Add warm water as needed to help thin the dressing.
  4. Measure out 1 c spinach, 1/4 c warmed quinoa, 3 oz cooked chicken (about 1/2 c of chopped chicken), 1/8 c shredded carrots, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 of cooked sweet potato and 1 T of cranberries. Drizzle with 2 T of dressing and red pepper flakes (optional).
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition for 1 bowl with 2 T of dressing.
396 calories  •  15.2 g fat (31%)  •  44.8 g carbs (40%)  •  32.1 g protein (29%)  •  12.3 g fiber  •  11.2 g sugar
Nutrition for 2 T of dressing.
47 calories  •  3.4 g fat (63%)  •  2.7 g carbs (23%)  •  1.7 g protein (14%)  •  0.6 g fiber  •  1.6 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.

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