Copycat Panera Mediterranean Bowl

Serves 1

Ingredients for the bowl:

1/2 cup white quinoa*

1/2 cup brown rice

1/2 cup - 1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half**

1 small cucumber, diced***

1/4 cup kalamata olives****

2 TBSP hummus*****

Ingredients for the tahini dressing:

1 TBSP tahini

lemon juice to taste

a pinch of salt

a pinch of pepper

a pinch of garlic powder******

water to desired thickness

 

Instructions for bowl:

Cook quinoa and brown rice per instructions on the package. In a medium sized bowl, stir the quinoa, brown rice and veggies to combine. Top with hummus and tahini sauce. Add a scoop of Greek yogurt if you are not dairy free.

Instructions for tahini sauce:

Whisk together the tahini, lemon, salt, pepper and garlic powder (if using). Add water gradually to thin out the mixture for drizzling over the Mediterranean bowl.

* I like to use white quinoa so the look of the meal is aesthetically pleasing. You can use multi-colored if you prefer.

** When I make this, I add as many tomatoes as looks good. Add as many or as little as you want.

*** I use mini cucumbers. If you are using a large cucumber cut the pieces smaller.

**** Honestly, when I make this it's all about what looks good and what I am in the mood for. If you love kalamata olives and want more, add more, if you prefer less then don't add as much. It's about what feels right for you.

***** I add 2 TBSP as that is the recommended serving size on the package. The brand I use is ITHACA because it has no preservatives and no soy.

****** This is optional. I love garlic so I think it's great for taste!​​

​This is an original recipe inspired by Panera's Mediterranean grain bowl.

 

 

 

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