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How to use tahini?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I found these ideas. I had a can of tahini for a long time. But I never knew how to use it! It is on my Day 4 of the rotation eating plan. OK now I know! chris

(see the link at the end)

1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you're looking for a dip for crudités. Add lemon juice, salt, and a dash of pepper or hot sauce for extra flavor.

2. Spread it on toast. On whole wheat bread, perhaps with a little honey or agave syrup, tahini can be part of a balanced breakfast.

3. Drizzle it on falafel. For a no-stress summer meal, warm up store-bough frozen falafel and stuff it a pita. Thin out your tahini by adding add a few tablespoons of hot water and lemon juice and then drizzle it over the sandwich.

4. Use it to make Tarator sauce. Tarator is a little-known but much-loved multipurpose sauce that's particularly tasty for dipping grilled chicken or steamed vegetables. Add 4 cloves minced garlic to ½ cup tahini, ½ cup lemon juice, and ¼ cup parsley. Pulse in a food processor until combined.

5. Dress your salad with it. Give your balsamic dressing a break and try a tahini-based salad dressing instead. For an easy recipe, combine ½ cup tahini and ½ cup olive oil with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons of grated ginger in a blender. Drizzle over your greens and enjoy.

6. Make a double sesame burger. Why should the bun get all the sesame love? Tahini is super as a mild condiment on meats. Use it straight or enhance with a little lemon juice and smoked paprika and spread it on your burger. Some feta and cucumbers would complete the Mediterranean theme.

7. Stir it into soup. I recently suggested peanut butter as an alternative to flour and butter based roux for thickening soups. Because tahini and peanut butter have a similar consistency, you can use tahini as an alternative soup thickener, too.

8. Have Main Course Baba Ghanoush. Roast a baby eggplant in the oven, until soft. Combine 2 tablespoons tahini with a clove of crushed garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Cut a slit in the eggplant and spread tahini inside for a kind of deconstructed baba ghanoush.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DJ4HEALTH 8/26/2014 10:32PM

    not sure what that is! emoticon

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SOMMERKLEID 8/26/2014 12:51PM

    make hummus with the tahini. mush chickpeastogether with lemon salt pepper, some olive oil. blend. add the tahini in the end, equal amount as the mushed chickpeas. blend. add a little water if necessary. also, you do not need to toss the tahini if the oil separates. this is perfectly normal. just stir slowly and it will become one mass again. tahini is yummy and very rich in calcium. enjoy!

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NASFKAB 8/26/2014 12:09PM

  thanks for the ideas

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1CRAZYDOG 8/26/2014 10:24AM

    Love Tahini. Good in stir fry too, in place of peanut butter for a bit of flavor

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PATTYCAKE17 8/26/2014 9:25AM

    I threw out a can of Tahini because the oil had separated and the rest was too hard to stir. Your ideas seem so easy. When I buy another can, I'll use them. It always sounds so good and so easy. Maybe I shouldn't have refrigerated it. emoticon

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JAMIRBLAZE 8/26/2014 8:43AM

    I made kofta the other day that used tahini, Greek yogurt, a dash of lemon juice and spices in the sauce. It was tasty.

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DS9KIE 8/26/2014 7:52AM


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2HAMSDIET 8/26/2014 7:12AM

    My favorite use is in hummus but thank you for the other ideas.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/26/2014 6:53AM

  I made some tahini and it's still in my fridge....thanks for the great ideas!

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TWEETYKC00 8/26/2014 6:51AM

    sounds pretty good!

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