Monday, September 17, 2007

Try Something New: Tahini

What Is Tahini?
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and is used to flavor many Middle Eastern foods, such as hummus or baba ghanoush (an eggplant spread). Its consistency is similar to peanut butter and is light brown in color. Tahini can be made from both hulled or unhulled sesame seeds. The hulled variety is milder in taste.

Why Should I Try It?
Tahini's nutty flavor is completely unique and can lend a boost to sauces, soups, dips and dressings.

What Are The Health Benefits?
Tahini is high in healthy fats such as mono and polyunsaturated fat, and low in saturated fat. It can be used sparingly as part of a heart healthy diet.

Where Do I Buy Tahini?
It is increasingly available in the ethnic aisle at grocery stores, and also through speciality grocers.

Recipes
Tahini Roasted Vegetables
Lemony Hummus
Chickpea Patties With Yogurt Sauce

1 comment:

Jen said...

Yummy Jen! I love Greek food, esp. Hummus with everything. Thanks for the recipes and check out my post, I mention your blog!
Have a great day! Jen