Thanks for joining Sarah and me for Meatless Monday today. As the temps are heating up, I am so not wanting to eat hot foods. I am also not wanting to spend lots of time cooking. Sound familiar? One of my favorite go to meals are veggie power bowls and today I’ve got a power packed Crispy Chick Pea & Farro Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing that I know you will love. Thanks to Moms Meet and Flavor your life for sponsoring this post and providing me with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil. All opinions and recipes are my own.
Crispy Chick Pea & Farro Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing
This is no ordinary salad mind you! This bowl of goodness is packed with plant based protein to keep you fueled up and ready to take on whatever is on your day demands. Pan frying your chick peas in European Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a few minutes creates the most wonderful crispy texture and really brings out the nutty flavor of the chick pea. Adding in a sprinkle of siracha powder really takes them over the top.
You can use any grain you wish for this Crispy Chick Pea & Farro Bowl but my personal favorite is farro. Farro is ancient grain of Italy that has a nutty, chewy texture which makes it perfect for soups, salads and sides. It’s a great source of iron and high in fiber. I like to cook mine with a splash of European extra virgin olive oil.
Pairing the Crispy Chick pea and Farro with a creamy Tahini dressing is a match made in heaven. All of the nutty flavors blend together in perfect harmony. The farro, chick peas and the tahini can all be made in advance and then combined together when ready to eat. I enjoy eating this power bowl and room temperature in the summer which makes it a great take along lunch.
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- Romaine or spinach
- 1 15 oz can of Chick Peas-rinsed, drained and dried
- European Extra Virgin Olive Oil for cooking
- optional dash of Siracha powder
- 1 roasted beet
- 1 C of cooked Farro
- 1/2 C feta cheese
- 1 C cherry or grape tomatoes halved
- 1 zucchini sliced and roasted (or cucumber)
- 1 Avocado
- Tahini Dressing:
- Splash of EVOO
- 1/2 C tahini
- 1/2 C water
- juice of one lemon
- 1 tsp garlic chopped
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbl Harissa (optional)
- Cook Farro according to package and allow to cool
- Coat a med pan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and bring to med high heat
- Saute chick peas w a little salt & pepper until crispy
- Stirring every few min
- add optional Siracha powder
- set aside
- Meanwhile assemble bowl with lettuce, tomato, beets, zucchini and avocado
- For Tahini dressing:
- Whisk together tahini, EVOO, water, lemon, garlic, cayenne & harissa
- Drizzle on top
- Add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency