Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce for Two

Another healthy, easy dinner to add to your recipe arsenal. This one is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free BUT it is actually really good and hearty. It will warm your soul.

Roasted Broccoli + Tahini Sauce + Brown Rice + Toasted Sesame Seeds = Delicious 

Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce for Two #vegan #glutenfree #tahini

Two recipes, one post, and one insanely good plate of food! The broccoli is delicious as a side dish and enough for four people or as a part of this meal for two. The tahini sauce is also fabulous over other roasted vegetables like cauliflower or brussels. Although the assembly is straightforward, I have included it below, followed by the two recipes. 

Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce

Serves: 2 


Start your roasted broccoli and once it is in the oven, make your tahini sauce. Serve broccoli with brown rice drizzled with tahini sauce and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds! There will be extra tahini sauce left over. 

My favorite brown rice is the Trader Joes frozen precooked brown rice that is ready in 3 minutes in the microwave. 

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Roasted Broccoli
Flavorful, roasted broccoli with red onions that is the perfect side to any dinner!
  • 12 ounces (or two heads) broccoli florets
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/8 t ground pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl place broccoli florets and red onion slices. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and ground pepper. 3. Mix with your hands until each broccoli floret is thoroughly covered in mixture, don't leave a dry floret!4. Transfer broccoli mixture onto prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until broccoli is tender (check with a fork). Mix around broccoli once while cooking. 5. Serve hot with tahini sauce (recipe below) over brown rice or as is as a side.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-4 servings
Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce for Two #vegan #glutenfree #tahini

Just look at those gorgeous greens!

Did you buy tahini for this recipe and are not sure what to do with the rest of it? Scroll to the end of the post for some ideas!

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Tahini and Lemon Sauce
A simple tahini sauce perfect over vegetables and rice.
  • 1/4 C tahini
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • 1/8 t cumin
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 T warm water
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until combined. 2. Keep in glass container in fridge. Keeps for up to 5 days.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approximately 1/2 cup
Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce for Two #vegan #glutenfree #tahini

Need more uses for the tahini you purchased for this recipe?

Tahini and Chocolate Bars

Most hummus recipes call for it, I like this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Tahini Puppy Chow from Molly Yeh

Some ideas from Cooking Light

Tahini Bars

These rich, thick bars are reminiscent of blondies but I am not going to call them blondies because their consistency is totally different. They are dense and crumbly, but in the best way. 

Before learning about Molly Yeh's obsession with tahini baked goods, I only knew tahini as an ingredient for hummus. Tahini is toasted sesame seed paste or "butter." However, when eaten alone, tahini is not totally savory but nutty and unique. This past year for food bloggers has been a year of tahini: tahini cookies, tahini bars, tahini blondies, and more. I have finally hopped on that train and heavily adapted this recipe to create a delicious bar that is drizzled in chocolate. 

Tahini Bars #tahini #chocolate

This year, I will be restarting Thursday Thoughts soon but for now I will share some of my New Year's Resolutions! I love resolutions but prefer to refer to them as goals.

Some of my New Year's Goals:

·      Read two books per month, one book is for fun and the other is for personal growth or business development. This month I read The Book Thief and am currently reading Big Magic. The Book Thief was amazing and I highly recommend it

·      Post three recipes on the blog per month, sharing lots of savory, dinner recipes

·      Create some boundaries with my phone, especially scrolling though Instagram

·      Complete weekly 15 Minute Planner sessions, this has been a very useful tool for me so far

Tahini Bars #tahini
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Tahini and Chocolate Bars
Rich tahini bars drizzled with semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 C salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 C light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 C tahini
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 T warm water
  • 1 T sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper: cut parchment paper so that it fits into the dish with two sides overhanging. 2. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium between additions. Add vanilla and tahini. Mix until combined. Scrape down sides. 3. With the mixer off, add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix on the lowest setting until combined. Scrape down sides. Turn the mixer back on to low and add the warm water until just combined. 4. Transfer dough to prepared dish and smooth down with a spatula. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over the dough.5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is no longer shiny and it is cooked through. 6. Cool in the dish for 5 minutes then, using the parchment paper overhangs, transfer the bars to a cooling rack. 7. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat on high for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the bars. Let cool.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8"x8" pan
Tahini Bars #tahini

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