(My favorite breakfast)
Tahini is a paste from ground up toasted sesame seeds. It has a consistency similar to peanut butter. There are two types of Tahini in the market, hulled and unhulled. To get the most nutrients, you can get the unhulled Tahini which is made of whole sesame seeds (with the outer shell) however, the unhulled tahini is a bit bitter and has richer flavor so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are trying it for the first time. Tahini can be made of the white sesame seeds (which is the most popular kind) or the black sesame seeds. I love the organic Black Sesame seed Tahini. It has a rich flavor and it adds an exotic color to the recipes.
Why eat Tahini?
Compared to peanut butter, tahini has higher levels of fiber, calcium and protein and lower levels of sugar and saturated fats.Tahini is a source of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is also an excellent source of copper, manganese and the amino acid Methionine (In simple words: an amino acid that helps in the formation of protein in the body. The body cannot synthesize this amino acid therefore it must be obtained from our diet.) It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. Also, It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, copper, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron. It is a better protein source than most nuts.
A perfect substitute for those with peanut allergy, it is naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo friendly.
How to use Tahini?
It can be used in many different ways…Use it by itself as a dip, as a high-protein dressing on your salad or the most common usage is in humus, Baba Ghanoush and Halva. It is also a perfect substitute for dairy in smoothies for those who are dairy-free. I have a yummy recipe for a vegan dessert with Tahini and it is also perfect for a nut-free nutty taste deserts or dressings.
I eat Tahini for breakfast most of the days! I mix it with honey and dip some dried figs, dates or sliced apples in it. You can use it as a spread on your toast as well. I buy mine on amazon or at the local Middle-Eastern grocery store.
Cooking channel has 25 ways to use Tahini…Check them out here and don’t be afraid to try them…You will love these simple recipes.
Do you have a favorite recipe for Tahini? Feel free to share it below in the comments! I love trying new recipes.