Let’s Talk Tahini

What is tahini? It’s ground sesame seeds. It has a smooth, nut butter consistency and a nutty flavor that is slightly bitter. It makes for deliciously creamy sauces, dips, & dressings. If you’re like me, you had limited tahini recipes in your repertoire – until now.

When researching recipes for weekly meal plans, I came across one with tahini that looked fantastic. Knowing that tahini isn’t a common or necessarily cheap ingredient, I wanted to include it in several recipes if I was going to spend the money on it.

So, If you are cooking with me this week, add tahini to your grocery list 🙂

Let’s start with the The Roasted Beet (and their greens) Quinoa Salad. This is a great way to ease yourself into tahini because it’s in the dressing. This salad packs a powerful punch of flavor of which I could not get enough.   If you consider its incredible nutritional value from beets, beet greens, quinoa, tahini, etc., I’d say it’s the best salad I’ve eaten in quite a while!

Now on to the Tahini Collard Greens Cakes. Truth be told…this was not my favorite recipe. I’m not giving up on it though. The potential for something great is definitely in the mix. As it currently stands, though, it is simply “ok.” I have several ideas to improve it as you’ll read about later.  If you have an idea or two, I’d love to hear them too.

Another quick and flavorful dinner is the Kale Salad With Pears, Apples, and Pumpkin Seeds. The key to taking this from good to great is to massage the kale by hand with some lemon juice.  From there, things are easy peasy, lemon squeezy [Ha 🙂 That’s kinda funny, right ?!? I should probably be embarrassed that I’ve humored myself, but…I’m not.]

The Quick Zoodle (Zucchini) Pesto is incredibly fast, fresh, and flavorful.  Drizzle it with some good quality olive oil and top it off with some Parmesan cheese and…there you have it.

The Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers are a great new take on an old classic. You could certainly substitute grass fed, organic beef for the ground turkey. However, I don’t think you’ll miss the beef. Add on the guacamole and your taste buds will be singing your praises.

Easy Apple Muffins are standard snack fare in my house. I make double batches often. We eat one batch over the course of a week and freeze the other.  These babies are an easy, anytime snack.  Pop a frozen one in the microwave for a few seconds, and they are ready to go!

Hope something makes your belly smile.

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