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How & Why To Use Tahini Plus Recipes of Interest

 

I am so glad we enjoyed yesterday’s post. I say we because I honestly crack myself up when I share my everyday thoughts in post form which is one of the main reasons I continue to write this blog — it’s just so much fun!

Although, my mother called looking for those extra dating stories that I mentioned at the beginning of the post. Aren’t I about to be 38? Didn’t I say that being 38 years old makes me an adult which means I don’t have to share if I don’t want to share? That’s a better answer than saying I couldn’t recall every story even if I tried.  Oh boy, that sounds bad.

Anyway!

Blogs are a good time, aren’t they? Aside from writing my own blog now for a few years, I love reading other blogs to learn about other people, running and of course, food. I often learn about foodie trends and recipes that I may never have discovered otherwise.

Tahini has become a popular ingredient lately, involved in a ton of the recipes shared by the recipe blogs that I follow. It’s not that I didn’t know what tahini was, I just never bought it before to use in any of the cooking that I do at home.

What is Tahini? Tahini is a Middle Eastern paste or sauce made from ground sesame seeds.

I was really excited when Sesame King offered to send me to two jars of Tahini recently because it meant I could finally play around in the kitchen to make the hummus recipes, dressings and other serving suggestions I kept reading about for months on end!

Sesame King Tahini

A while back my son made his own hummus so he was totally all over the tahini arriving so that he could experiment with another hummus recipe but it never happened this week. Neither did the falafel bowls that I planned on making.

Although it’s been a shorter week after Memorial Day on Monday, things here have been as hectic as ever. It’s just that time of year isn’t it? School is ending and finals are approaching, camp is starting soon, Little League playoffs are going strong, so many things to do plus plan a Bar Mitzvah (invitations arrived the other night!) combined with my son coming home from school sick on Wednesday sort of all meant that kitchen experimentation didn’t have a real chance to occur.

I did mess around a bit with making tahini dressings but I must admit, I really like the garlic tahini all by itself!

I don’t think the garlic tahini needs anything added to it which is awesome because I much prefer simple and easy nonrecipe recipes. The less ingredients involved to mix, the better.

I have been eating salads for lunch and dinner basically every day this week, all topped with tahini and I cannot get enough! My favorite flavor/texture combination right now is feta cheese, avocado and garlic tahini.

salad-with tahini

In this salad: Chopped romaine lettuce, spinach, roasted Japanese sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and onions, feta cheese, avocado and garlic tahini < – add tomatoes! I was out of tomatoes.

A few facts about Sesame King Tahini:

  1. All-Natural
  2. 100% pure ground sesame seeds
  3. No additives or preservatives
  4. Peanut free
  5. Trans fat free
  6. Gluten free
  7. Kosher Certified
  8. Non-GMO.

Even though tahini is peanut free, it does have a certain nuttiness to its flavor which is probably what attracts me! The texture is much thinner than a nut butter but has a similar satisfying consistency.

Nutritional Benefits of Tahini:

  1. Excellent source of calcium and high in important minerals like Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium.
  2. Rich in Protein
  3. Excellent source of B Vitamins and Vitamin A.
  4. One of the best sources of Methionine (an essential amino acid).
  5. Contains natural lecithin, which reduces blood fat levels and provides protection from environmental pollutants such as nicotine.
  6. Provides substantial amounts of many vitamins, including Vitamin E, which slows aging of body cells and helps maintain proper focusing of the eyes.
  7. One of the best sources of Vitamin T (very few foods are). Vitamin T improves memory and concentration and, in combination with the Phosphorous also present in Tahini, provides a potent brain and nerve food. Vitamin T also combines with the Iron in Tahini to help purify blood.
  8. Contains Vitamin F which is essential for enabling our bodies to transfer Oxygen. Vitamin F helps combine protein and cholesterol, creating collagen, which in turn combats cholesterol particles. The result, a cleaner, healthier body.

Tahini is easily digested within 30 minutes, providing a quick supply of essential nutrients. I like easily digested foods, don’t you?

Recipes Using Tahini:

You will notice that tahini is not just for savory dishes, you can use it in dessert recipes too! Must make the cookies and fudge!

Homemade Falafel Quinoa Bowls

Classic Hummus

Roasted Root & Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl With Roasted Garlic Sauce

White Bean Kale Salad With Tahini Dressing

Zesty Tahini Oil Free Dressing

Salted Tahini Cookies

Tahini Fudge

Have a great weekend! I will keep you posted on my birthday cake decision for Sunday. 🙂

How and Why to use Tahini plus recipes! #tahini #recipes #hummus #salad @SesameKing Click To Tweet

Sesame King sent me two jars of Tahini in exchange for sharing my thoughts here on the blog. Follow Sesame King on twitter and facebook to keep up to date on all things tahini!

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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine June 3, 2016, 5:47 am

    Very interesting! I still have all this tahini to use up so I would love to try some of these recipes. Have a great birthday weekend!! Good luck with the cake decision:)
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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma June 3, 2016, 8:14 am

    So I just bought tahini yesterday! I sort of want to make cookies, although fudge might be in there too. It’s going to have to wait until next week though since I have zero time!
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 3, 2016, 8:27 am

    Thanks for sharing my recipe! I use tahini almost daily on my salads or power bowls at lunch. I didn’t realize just how nutrient rich it was though! Those falafel and quinoa bowls sound amazing!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 3, 2016, 8:46 am

      I didn’t know how many nutritional benefits there were in tahini either! a rather powerful food

  • Suzy June 3, 2016, 9:47 am

    Plantains! I learned about plantains from reading Paleo Running Mama’s blog! It took me a while to buy them but I eventually did. My kids liked them, but I was kinda meh about them. That feta cheese looks good.
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  • Shannon June 3, 2016, 9:50 am

    Your salad looks so good! I am always looking for new and exciting salad toppings!
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  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com June 3, 2016, 10:22 am

    I love tahini! My mom’s side of the family is Middle Eastern so I love all things hummus. We’re supposed to get storms I think Sunday, but Saturday will be spent having some cocktails/dinner al fresco! Oh, and one food I learned about from other blogs is nutritional yeast–love that stuff!
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  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl June 3, 2016, 10:55 am

    I really like tahini combined with feta too! The nuttiness with the salty tang is a perfect combination and it’s a wonderful dressing for salads like you’ve been enjoying 🙂
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  • Jennifer L. June 3, 2016, 12:43 pm

    Love this post! Good ideas for Tahini. Thanks!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 3, 2016, 9:17 pm

    I love tahini in everything! Sometimes I’ll just dip dates in it for a pre-workout. It’s like the perfect sweet-savory combo!
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  • Caroline M June 3, 2016, 10:29 pm

    I have been craving falafel like no other food lately. I really need to make some, and your tahini mention got me on this track! This weekend I’m planning on doing some work, catching up on blog reading and writing, running, and testing some recipes. Have a good weekend, even if it’s crazy busy!
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  • Stephanie June 4, 2016, 12:13 pm

    Happy birthday to both of us tomorrow! I love your blog I’ve been reading it for years..i think if we met we’d be life long friends! Same quirky personalities same age boys same interests.. But i live in Texas..booh. my cake choice is going to be an ice cream cake from marble slab..i DO follow a vegan lifestyle… But it must be an exception this year.. Even if I just have a sliver. Have a fantastic weekend!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2016, 6:00 am

      wishing you a very happy birthday!!!!! I am so glad you love reading the blog and I love that we are so similar! must be a gemini june 5th thing? too bad you are all the way in texas! have a great day and delicious cake 🙂

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 4, 2016, 3:09 pm

    I love feta, and tahini isn’t half bad either. 🙂
    I’m a big fan of hummus although I’m fascinated by the tahini cookies.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2016, 5:59 am

      right?! I didn’t know you could use tahini for baked goods but it seems you can. makes alittle sense since tahini has a nutty flavor and great texture similar to a nut butter

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