Friday, June 8, 2012

Balsamic Greek Veggie Bowl

I feel so relieved that Friday is here.

After a short week last week, this week has seemed to drag on forever.  I am definitely ready for somre R&R this weekend.  So to kick it off, I made the most simple of simple veggie bowls.

Chipotle is one of my favorite quick meals to eat when I don’t feel like cooking.  And I always choose the vegetarian burrito bowl, which is where the inspiration came for this meal.  I wanted something quick, healthy and flavorful.  So, using what I had on hand, I turned to some favorite Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and out came this rich bowl of vegetables that was filling and was ready in about 15 minutes flat!  I think you could pour good balsamic over just about anything and I would adore it.

Now weekend, commence.

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Balsamic Greek Veggie Bowl Recipe

Yield: 2 as an entree; 4 as a side

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Simple weeknight vegetable bowl with deep Greek flavors and sweet balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients:

1 tsp. olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/2 cup fresh zucchini, half moons
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup baby ‘bella mushrooms, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. capers
2 tbs. pine nuts
1 cup fresh spinach
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and shallot and cook until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Add oregano, rosemary and cayenne pepper, along with red pepper, zucchini and mushrooms. Stir well and continue to to cook until the vegetables soften. Stir in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. When the tomatoes begin to break down, add the capers, pine nuts and spinach. Cook for 2 minutes more and then drizzle in the balsamic vinegar. Stir well and allow to cook until the vinegar cooks down.

Sprinkle feta onto the vegetables and serve hot.

Cassie's Notes:
This would be fabulous with some browned chicken sausage added in. Or feel free to cut the feta cheese to make it vegan.

You can also serve with quinoa or your favorite pasta.

 

47 Responses to “Balsamic Greek Veggie Bowl”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 8, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    This is such a wicked-awesome looking weeknight dinner! Yum!

  2. #
    Kim | At Home WIth Kim — June 8, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    What a great summertime dinner! I’m pinning this to try soon!!! Love getting veggies into my family and love them paired with Balsamic Vinegar… thinking this + grilled chicken = Sunday Supper. :-)

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — June 8, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    What a list of ingredients you have here Cassie. WOW! I love how well balsamic goes with feta and fresh veggies. Great job!

  4. #
    Shirley@bells-bakery — June 8, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    This looks great,perfect for summertime!

  5. #
    Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — June 8, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    15 min healthy dinner! You should get an award for this :) Love it!

  6. #
    Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — June 8, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    15 min healthy dinner! This just sums up what we all strive for health and time! You should get an award for this :)

  7. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 8, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Mmmmm, I could eat this all summer long and NEVER get tired of it!!

  8. #
    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — June 8, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Yum! I’ll totally need this as a “detox” after my weekend haha

  9. #
    Mark — June 8, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Looks and sounds yummy. I will make this one next week. Thanks for sharing!

  10. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 8, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Looks delicious!!! Love chipotle’s burrito bowls too. Hope you guys can kick back and relax this weekend! :)

  11. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 8, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Delicious! And yes, balsamic really does make everything better.

  12. #
    love2dine — June 8, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Awesome idea!!! Can’t wait to try this!

  13. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 8, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Oh I love this! Great flavors and I love the addiiton of the balsamic! This is my kind of meal! Have a great weekend! :)

  14. #
    Kathryn — June 8, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I am so ready for the weekend too! And this sounds so good, I wish I had a bowl of it right now!

  15. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — June 8, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    This looks truly amazing! YUM! I need to make this soon!

    I’m ready for the weekend too! It’s going to be beautiful outside, so I am ready for some outside time!

  16. #
    Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen — June 8, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Mmm! I love the addition of capers. P.S. I always get the burrito bowl at Chipotle too…with less rice and extra lettuce. YUM

  17. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 8, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    This bowl is basically all my favorite things in one dish. Perfection, pinned!

  18. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 8, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    Balsamic anything is fabulous. I could drink the stuff :)

  19. #
    Anna — June 8, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I feel the same way about balsamic! Love the summery freshness. Have a great weekend of relaxing :)

  20. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Ohh, I love this! It’s a great alternative to a Greek salad with just lettuce.

  21. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 8, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I absolutely love this homemade veggie bowl. I think I have most of the ingredients at home so you just saved me a trip to Chipotle! :)

  22. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 8, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    This has my name ALL OVER IT. I love this!

  23. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — June 8, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    This post is identical to my thoughts lately!! Ugh, this week did drag, right?!
    Veggie bowls and sleeping in might just be my weekend plan!

  24. #
    Meghan — June 8, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    Great flavors & I love the addition of balsamic! Perfect summer dinner! Great pics too Cassie!

  25. #
    Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac — June 8, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I made something similar to this a week or so ago for my boyfriend and I for dinner. It was SO good! I served it over quinoa with a (huge) blob of greek yogurt on top!

  26. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 8, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Balsamic and veggies…right up my alley!

  27. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 8, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    I swear Chipotle burrito bowls can save lives. It’s also my go to meal when I don’t feel like cooking. Although, I am thinking this greek veggie bowl may be saving my life in the near future! Have a relaxing weekend!

  28. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 8, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    Yay for the weekend and yay for this delicious veggie bowl! It’s perfect!

  29. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 8, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful salad! I just love greek salads and this one is fantastic!!

  30. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 8, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    mmm there’s so much goodness and yum in this dish! i love balsamic dressing over anything. great ingredients, cass!

  31. #
    Sarah — June 8, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    I love me some Chipotle too…this looks almost as quick and easy. :) Happy to be a follower now!

  32. #
    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — June 9, 2012 @ 3:18 am

    I could make a whole meal out of this!

  33. #
    Ramona — June 9, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    It’s so funny you mentioned Chipotle. I ate there for the first time last weekend. **yes…I’ve been living under a rock** LOL! I really enjoyed it and my kids loved it. So I promised we will go there again since it’s all fresh and healthy stuff. I bet you really got some great inspiration from them and and can see it in this wonderful, fresh and healthy salad!!! Well done! Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona :)

  34. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — June 9, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Oooo this looks great! I could just eat this for a meal. Love all the freshness! YUM!

  35. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — June 9, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Sometimes the best dishes are just fresh and simple like this one. Looks delicious Cassie!

  36. #
    Aggie — June 10, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Oh Cassie, I am so in love with this dish. I could eat this every day.

  37. #
    Jennifer Eloff — June 10, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, Cassie. Just found your blog again. Looks like a great salad and so pretty!

  38. #
    Cookin' Canuck — June 10, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    This is the sort of dish I could eat every single day for lunch. I love the addition of capers!

  39. #
    Kristi Rimkus — June 10, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    This is perfect for a work day lunch!

  40. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — June 10, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    What a beautiful summer salad, Cassie! There are so many good things in here, that it can stand on it’s own. But I love your suggestion of serving over a bit of pasta! And balsamic vinegar? I think I could drink it out of a wine glass! : )

  41. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — June 10, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    basically my perfect meal :)

  42. #
    alex — June 10, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    I can’t wait to make this..I love all the flavors! yum!

  43. #
    Cookie and Kate — June 11, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    This is my kind of meal! Looks fabulous.

  44. #
    Rachel — June 18, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Yum! That looks delicious! I love the idea of serving it over quinoa.

    Thanks for sharing!

  45. #
    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin — August 7, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Hi! I just made this and it was SO delicious. Thank you so much! YUM. I will definitely be checking out your website more. Looks like you have lots of yummy recipes!

    • Cassie replied: — August 8th, 2012 @ 8:23 am

      Hi Kaylie, I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for the sweet comment, I hope you enjoy the other recipes as well! ~C.

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