4 Awesome Ways to Enjoy Tahini
By Amie Valpone
Chances are you have a jar of tahini lurking in your pantry from that time you made hummus from scratch. But this amazing condiment can do so much more.
First, a closer look: Tahini looks like a slightly paler version of peanut butter, and you’ll find it the nut-butter aisle of the grocery store. But tahini is made from sesame seeds instead of nuts, which makes it a great source of calcium, along with minerals like iron and magnesium. Plus, since it’s nut free, it’s a great allergy-friendly spread and ingredient.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to use tahini:
- In oats. Stir a spoonful of tahini into your oatmeal for a boost of protein and healthy fat to keep you full all morning.
- Sip it. Add tahini to your blender when whipping up your favorite smoothie recipe for good nutrition and an interesting flavor twist.
- As a spread. Love a PB&J? (Who doesn’t?) Try replacing the peanut butter (or your nut butter of choice) with tahini. Use no-sugar-added jam and sprouted-grain or sourdough bread for a nutritious lunch.
- Toss with salad. Use tahini as a salad dressing base with minced garlic, fresh herbs such as dill or basil, fresh lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. Or try the tahini glaze recipe below to make simple vegetables something special.
BIO: Amie Valpone is a chef, nutrition expert and wellness consultant, and the best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body.
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