A Secret High Protein Source

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By: Leanne Ely

If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten tahini at least once or twice. An essential ingredient in hummus, tahini is a paste made primarily with ground sesame seeds. In Middle Eastern countries, tahini is a common table ingredient.

The flavor of tahini is similar to peanut butter, but it looks distinctively different.

Tahini, hummus, tahini paste, sesame, Middle Eastern food

Tahini is a great source of non-animal protein (there are 3 grams of protein in a single tablespoon of tahini). If you have trouble getting in enough protein in your diet, mix tahini with beans and turn it into a hummus or dip. When you mix tahini with beans, you make a complete protein that offers all the amino acids your body can’t make on its own.

Tahini is also a good source of fat and contains many minerals and vitamins, including:

• Folate
• Niacin
• Thiamin
• Zinc
• Iron
• Potassium
• Copper
• Calcium
• Phosphorous

Look for tahini with the other nut butters in your local super market. It isn’t a difficult ingredient to find. As usual, buy organic if at all possible!

Now that we’re all craving hummus, it’s time for your Trick:

Mix tahini with plain yogurt for a yummy (and nutritious) sauce for your next sandwich or salad.

Your Tip:

When you open that jar of tahini at home, you may find that the oil has risen to the top. Be sure to give it a good stir to get those oils added back into the tahini paste. Store your opened tahini in the fridge.

And your Recipe:

Dan Dan Noodles with Vegetables
Serves 4

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups packed baby spinach
1 cup sweet green peas
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons grated gingerroot
3/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chili oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons tahini
1 teaspoon honey
12 ounces udon noodles, cooked
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1 cup chopped green onions

Instructions:
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach, peas and garlic; cook until spinach wilts. Add next 10 ingredients (salt through cooked noodles); heat through, gently tossing blend well. Remove skillet from heat; add roasted peanuts and chopped green onions; toss. Serve hot or cold.

Per Serving: 597 Calories; 24g Fat; 9g Protein; 88g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 1444mg Sodium. Exchanges: 5 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates. Points: 16

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