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.
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!
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.
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:
- 100% pure ground sesame seeds
- No additives or preservatives
- Peanut free
- Trans fat free
- Gluten free
- Kosher Certified
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:
- Excellent source of calcium and high in important minerals like Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium.
- Rich in Protein
- Excellent source of B Vitamins and Vitamin A.
- One of the best sources of Methionine (an essential amino acid).
- Contains natural lecithin, which reduces blood fat levels and provides protection from environmental pollutants such as nicotine.
- Provides substantial amounts of many vitamins, including Vitamin E, which slows aging of body cells and helps maintain proper focusing of the eyes.
- 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.
- 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!
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What are you doing this weekend?
How do you like to use tahini?
What’s one food you learned about from reading blogs?