Tahini. Otherwise known as that one ingredient stopping you from making the homemade hummus recipe you found on Pinterest. If it weren’t for instagram, I don’t know if I’d know what it was or know what to do with it. So I wanted to share more about it, and some delicious recipes (that aren’t just hummus) from fellow food blogger lady friends.
Okay first, texture. Think of a nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.), but instead of ground nuts, it’s ground sesame seeds. It’s less thick too, and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. This makes it perfect to pair with citrus, creamy, or sweet flavors.
It’s sold at most grocery stores, and an article by Bon Apetit recommends Soom or 365 by Whole Foods as the best tahini brands. I don’t know about you, but I trust ’em. The tahini pictured above is one I got from Sprout’s and is garlic flavored, making it great for sauces, dressings, and hummus (not so much sweets).
So I spent some time going to some friend’s blogs, searching tahini, and seeing what I could find. I think I hit the jackpot. Happy cooking (with tahini of course).
I wanted to start off with a baked good just in case you only thought tahini was good for savory dishes. Again, it has a nut-butter-like consistency, so it’s a great option for baking. Plus, just look at those chocolate chips and sea salt flakes. To. die. for. Find the full recipe here.
Creamy Pasta Sauces
Vegan pasta sauces can get pricey quickly. Cashews. They’re delicious, but not a staple on my weekly grocery list. Using tahini along with olive oil, almond milk, and some other delicious ingredients, you can make a great pasta sauce. Plus, when all you have to do is blend, without timely soaking, how can you say no? Recipe here!
Fudge. As in fuuuuudge yeah. Okay I’m done with that, not with these. Tahini is responsible for the beautiful swirly design on top, and for balancing the sweet taste of the chocolate chips. Haley is one of my favorite food bloggers, so check out this recipe of hers, the rest of her blog, and be on the lookout for her cookbook coming out soon!
As a dressing
Tahini as a dressing is one of my favorite ways to use it. When blended with lemon and garlic in any which way, it makes for a flavorful and creamy topping. Plus, it looks pretty drizzled on top. This recipe is from one of the flyest momma, Sammy. Check it out in her caption here.
I asked some local Philly ladies if they had a favorite way to use tahini, and Annie told me that Goldie’s Falafel restaurant makes a tahini shake. When I googled it, I found more local Philly peeps who recreated it! Blended with dates, cinnamon, and almond milk, it sounds pretty awesome to me. Find ‘ze recipe over hereeee.
Finally, a hummus recipe. But I couldn’t just give you the typical recipe, because you can google that. Here is a carrot hummus, which is perfect for fall and adds a little pizzazz to the normal hummus routine. Grab your pita and veggies and get dippin’. But first, go here for the recipe.
How many hummus recipes are too much? The limit does not exist. And while we’re on a Mean Girls kick, here’s one that’s Wednesday-friendly. Beet hummus is chock FULL of nutrients, antioxidants, and makes a beautiful pink dip or spread. Find the simple and tasty recipe here.
Bethany is one of the 2 faces behind the Athletic Avocado blog, and I’m lucky to be able to call her a fellow classmate as we make our way through grad school. She always keeps me laughing, and keeps me stocked with all the foods. I appreciate it. I also appreciate her making these tahini muffins so I can share with you guys.
How can tahini nourish me? (other than giving me the gift of cookies, dressings, and shakes)
So you may be like, okay but what’s the point? And to that I’d say, scroll up and take a gander at the fudge. That’s the point. But also, know that tahini is a great source of omega 3’s. Omega 3’s are pretty awesome, can help reduce inflammation, and are great for heart health. Most of us don’t get enough of them in a given day, and foods like fish and olive oil are great sources. And yes, you guessed it. So is tahini. Find out more about chronic inflammation here from RD, Jillian Greaves!
I hope you leave with a little more knowledge about tahini! I can’t promise it’ll get you any further in life, but I can promise you a happy belly by making any of these recipes. Keep your eyes peeled for more articles like these that explain the not-so-common ingredients, with some simple recipes you can try on your own! Thanks for reading.