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Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Lemon Herb Tahini Dressing

Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad with a fresh, zesty lemon herb tahini dressing, cherry tomatoes, avocado, arugula, and cucumber. This nutritious dinner recipe is packed with flavor and is perfect for anyone who loves a big vibrant meal as well as those on a carb-conscious, paleo, or keto diet.

If you’re a fan of a.) zesty, briny Mediterranean flavors, b.) crispy, tender chicken, c.) big ol salads jam packed with goodies and/or d.) creamy salad dressings, this is the ultimate meal for you!

Perfectly crispy yet moist chicken is combined with all the good veggies, and everything is swaddled in the most amazing creamy zesty tahini salad dressing. 

If you’ve never heard of tahini, or if you have never made a sauce or dressing using tahini, lean in and trust me on this one! Tahini makes for an amazing creamy salad dressing with health benefits!

The concept behind the salad is simple: we bake up chicken thighs that have been marinating in goodness, whip up a zesty creamy tahini dressing while the chicken is baking, then throw everything in a big ol’ bowl and toss it all together.

Let’s make it!

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Grain-Free Tahini Blondies (Paleo)

Grain-free tahini blondies (a.k.a. cookie bars) made with hazelnut flour or almond flour are a gooey, delectable treat! Refined sugar-free and dairy-free, these healthier cookie bars are great for folks looking for a cleaner dessert.

Hello, blondies, my old friend! 😀

Blondies (a.k.a. Cookie bars) are my favorite dessert next to brownies. There’s just something about a chocolate-studded chewy, gooey bar that really hits every imaginable spot.

I baked this batch of grain-free blondies using tahini, hazelnut flour (you can use almond flour), and coconut sugar. They’re quick and easy to throw together any time you’re jonesing for a treat or need to come up with a last-minute dessert for company.

Quick question –

Grain-Free Tahini Blondies (aka cookie bars) are gooey, chewy, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and healthy! | TheRoastedRoot.net

Tahini…do you love it? Loath it?

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Roasted Kabocha Squash with Maple Cinnamon Tahini

If you’re on the prowl for simple, healthful, crowd-pleasing side dishes to feed your family and guests over holiday season, this was created in your name! 

It checks all the boxes –

  • Easy
  • Few ingredients
  • Delicious
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • Health-conscious

Close up photo of roasted kabocha squash on a baking sheet with tahini and hazelnuts

Roasting kabocha squash with a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon gives it a unique and inviting flavor. Drizzling said roasted squash with a maple cinnamon tahini sauce makes your taste buds dance and sing.

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Easy Chicken Shawarma

A straight-forward yet mouth-watering recipe for easy Chicken Shawarma. This perfectly-spiced chicken is quick to prepare and perfect to make up any night of the week and is great for those who follow the paleo, keto, or Mediterranean diet.!

Easy Chicken Shawarma - Deliciously flavored Mediterranean-style chicken that is quick and easy to make! | TheRoastedRoot.net #lowcarb #keto #paleo #mediterraneandiet #glutenfree

Do you follow a Paleo diet? A Mediterranean diet? Something whole food-esque that you don’t really put a name to?

I recently listened to this podcast by Dr. Ruscio  where he sites a study showing both the Paleo and the Mediterranean diets have been linked to lower instances of cancer and disease, and lengthen lifespan.

The study showed no preference over Mediterranean versus Paleo – both were equivalent in their efficacy to enhance overall health.

This to say, I find any diet that incorporates fresh, whole foods with an emphasis on adequate quality protein and unsaturated fats to be healing and ideal over a heavily processed diet.

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Vegan “Cheese” Sauce

Creamy dairy-free vegan cheese sauce made with only 4 basic ingredients. This nutritious mock cheese sauce is perfect for using on pasta, vegetables, risotto, baked potatoes, and more!

Vegan "Cheese" Sauce made with 4 basic whole food ingredients. This easy recipe makes creamy, delicious vegan-friendly sauce that tastes cheesy! | TheRoastedRoot.net #paleo #dairyfree

I did a thing.

I made us dairy-free cheese sauce. What in the world are we going to do with a dairy-free vegan cheese sauce, you ask?

What aren’t we going to do with dairy-free cheese sauce is my response.

My vision for making this recipe was to provide an asset for those times you’re craving macaroni and cheese, but want to keep it reasonably healthful, and/or a delicious sauce for pairing with steamed or roasted vegetables. Ever get a hankering for a broccoli-cheddar situation? This is the sauce to make that happen.

In essence, this sauce is perfect for those who love rich and creamy flavors but follow either a dairy-free, vegan, or paleo diet (or simply those who like to limit their dairy intake and prefer sticking with plant-based whole foods).

Features:

  • Dairy-Free, vegan, paleo, plant-based, whole food
  • Quick, easy, and straight-forward to prepare
  • Small boost of plant-based protein
  • Rich and creamy while being healthful
  • Mouth-wateringly delicious and versatile
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Creamy Tahini Spaghetti Squash with Kale

Creamy tahini spaghetti squash with kale, broccoli, zucchini, and pumpkin seeds. This clean and cozy meal is paleo, vegan, and so satisfying!

Creamy Tahini Spaghetti Squash with kale, zucchini and broccoli - a healthy paleo, vegan meal

I was raised under a carb-loving roof with the mindset that there just had to be something starchy with every meal or else it was considered more of a snack.

When I started eating paleo over seven years ago, my way of easing out of that mindset was through replacing bread, pasta, and white potatoes, with more nutritious sources like root vegetables and winter squash. For me, spaghetti squash has that cozy essence while being fairly low in carbohydrate, and it makes a paleo meal feel more complete. 

Plus, it is crazy-versatile (just take a gander through my spaghetti squash archives for all sorts of recipe inspiration).

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Orange Marinated Chicken Bowls with Zucchini “Rice” (Paleo, Keto)

Baked Orange-Marinated Chicken Bowls with Zucchini Rice and Orange Turmeric Tahini Sauce. This squeaky clean nutritious bowl is awesome for those looking for a clean dinner, a low-carb, paleo, Low-FODMAP and/or keto dinner recipe. Plus, it’s tasty as can be! Helloooooo baked chicken bowl of my dreams! Finally, we meet! These bowls are one of …

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Orange-Turmeric Tahini Sauce

Tangy, creamy sweet orange-turmeric tahini sauce perfect for drizzling on all your meals (particularly your bowl food!). This easy 5-ingredient recipe is paleo and vegan.

Orange-Turmeric Tahini Sauce - paleo, vegan, perfect for drizzling on just about anything to spruce it up! | TheRoastedRoot.net #glutenfree #healthyrecipe

You’re looking at my newest favorite sauce for all the bowl recipes I consume. As we all know, a well-engineered sauce is what brings all the scrumtrulescence to a big bowl o’ food. It ties the ingredients together into a cohesive unit so you feel as though the meal is a marriage of ingredients rather than random ingredients thrown helter-skelter in a bowl.

One of my priorities when writing my upcoming cookbook, Paleo Power Bowls, was ensuring all my sauces were dialed in. Not only does each bowl recipe come with its own sauce or dressing of some sort, but I added bonus sauces at the end of the book to help change things up and keep things interesting.

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Roasted Winter Vegetable Bowls with Nutmeg Tahini

Vibrant roasted winter vegetable bowls with black rice, roasted yams, turnips, carrots, beets, and warmly-spiced nutmeg tahini dressing. – A clean, nutrient-rich, filling meal perfect for weeknight meals and holiday entertaining. This post is sponsored by Love Beets. Hey-o! It’s the last big push before Christmas, how are we spending our weekend? Last-minute Christmas shopping …

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowls with Turmeric Tahini Dressing

Superfood cauliflower rice Buddha bowls with roasted sweet potato, kale, black beans, avocado, red onion, pumpkin seeds, and turmeric tahini dressing – a high impact vegetarian meal to refuel your vitamin tank. After travelling so much over the last couple of months, I feel like I need this exact bowl (or some rendition or semblance …

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Summer Buddha Bowls with Green Goddess Tahini Dressing

Fresh and healthy Buddha bowls with brown rice, mixed greens, cherries, blackberries, peaches, black beans, pistachios, red onion, avocado, queso fresco, and green goddess tahini dressing – an easy well-rounded meal that can be made any night of the week. These bowls…. How do I put this? They’re the cat’s meow.   So good, you’ll need a …

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