sesame seeds… oh how I love thee sesame!

So this week I got a little crazy with some sesame seeds. YUM–I love sesame seeds! I usually buy them in bulk and store them in mason jars in the freezer to keep them fresh :) Sesame seeds are sooo good for you! They are rich in magnesium, iron and especially calcium. They also contain vitamin B1, Vitamin E and antioxidants. In general the nutrients are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverized before consuming (i.e. Tahini paste) but I still use the unhulled and sprinkle a little here and a little there in my cooking. Chew chew chew your food well when eating sesame and you’ll absorb more nutrients :)

Sesame Kale Chips

Toss kale leaves in a little olive oil and sesame seed and roast in a 300 degree oven for about 10 min. Check on them every few minutes to make sure they aren’t burning. You want the outside of the leaves to slightly begin to brown and then they are ready. So delicious!

Sesame Tofu with Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

1.  First make your marinade. I like to use the following ingredients: OJ, tamari, freshly grated ginger, Sriracha and agave nectar. Use equal parts tamari and Oj, and add the additional ingredients to your liking. I usually add at least a full Tbs. freshly grated ginger.
2.  Marinate tofu in 1/2 of the marinade for 15-20 minutes.
3.  Stir fry the broccoli and mushrooms with the other 1/2 of the marinade.

4. Cook veggies until mushrooms soften. I leave the broccoli fairly crispy because I like it that way! :) Pull veggies out of the saute pan and set aside. Use the same pan to cook up the tofu once you have removed the veggies.
5.  Add 1/2 Tbs. white sesame seed and 1/2 Tbs. black sesame seed to tofu. Cook until crispy on all sides. The secret is to stand over the stove and flip the tofu constantly so it doesn’t stick or burn. Use a med/high heat.

6. Top the stir fry veggies with a little crispy tofu and enjoy! Add some Sriracha hot sauce for dipping if you want a little spice.

Sesame Tofu over Avocado Salad

Tonight I had a delicious salad for dinner: Chop up red leaf lettuce and spinach, grape tomatoes, carrots, red onion and avocado. Top with sesame tofu, roasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds; last, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over top and enjoy! This salad has plenty of good-for-you fats in the sesame, tofu, avocado and pumpkin and sunflower seeds so I omitted any oil-based salad dressing.

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