Mediterranean Tahini paste is made from crushed sesame seeds and has quite a nutty taste. It is available in jars, cans and also in dehydrated form.
Hulled tahini does not grind the whole sesame seed and because of this it does not contain as much calcium, protein and vitamins as unhulled. Unhulled tahini is made from the whole sesame seed, and it is the most nutritionally dense type of tahini. Hulled tahini is not as bitter tasting as the unhulled type.
Raw tahini contains more nutrients than roasted tahini.
Tahini is a source of calcium, protein and B vitamins. Tahini is a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA), these EFA’s are used in helping to maintain healthy skin.
Because one of the ingredients in tahini is sesame oil, it has quite a high calorie content. Because of this tahini should be used in moderation. The good news is the majority of fats in tahini are unsaturated rather than saturated.
Tahini is a source of vitamin E which helps to reduce the rate of aging in body cells.
Sesame seeds are also a good source of the amino acid Methionine. Methionine is an important contributor to liver detoxification and helps with the absorption of other amino acids.
Try this grilled endive with Mediterranean tahini vinaigrette. It’s a delicious, nutritious endive recipe. Even better your kids will love it and they won’t even know that it’s good for them!
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 cloves minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a large non-metallic bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Add the endive and toss. Set aside at room temperature to marinate, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
Prepare a grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill the endive cut side down until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes depending on your grill. Turn, brush with any remaining marinade, and cook until crisp-tender and lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes depending on your grill. Serve warm.
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