Sometimes, a little Middle Eastern comfort food is all you need…..who said you can’t splurge, enjoy lots of flavor and still keep it healthy and low in fat?
Many people have the idea that making your own food is complex and time-consuming, but I love making super quick and simple recipes. Many dressings and sauces I make, such as this one, is super easy, uses condiments you mostly already have in your pantry, and you can just whip up in under 5 minutes. All you need is a high-speed food processor, and you can make your own sauces and dressings in an instant.
No oil needed in this recipe, as the (healthy) fat we use in this one is tahini, a pure paste of sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are loaded with iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium (necessary for maintaining balanced mood levels, calcium essential for bone and teeth health, phosphorus which is essential for proper function in so many important facets of our body, vitamin B1, skin and muscle nourishing selenium, and dietary fiber which is essential for optimal gut health.
Its hard to get all the benefits with just a sprinkle, so tahini is a more concentrated way to enjoy and intake the wonderful health benefits it has to offer. This also adds creaminess to your dressing, fusing the flavors of the spices and herbs together.
The cool thing about this tahini dressing is that it’s made with cannellini beans! This adds a lot of creaminess, cuts down on fat, enhances the fiber levels, and helps you get your 1/2 cup serving of beans into your diet, as recommended by Dr. Fuhrman. Great for topping a salad, vegetables, baked potatoes, falafel or falafel burgers (include link) or steamed veggies!
I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Tahini Dressing! If you have a photo, post it on my Facebook page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking
*Recipe inspired by Chef AJ’s House Dressing