I love to add sesame seeds to many different dishes. They add a subtly nutty flavor, without overwhelming or changing the taste of your meal. They are unique in that they have a texture you cannot get from other nuts or seeds. They also garnish any dish, especially the black seeds.
Best served un-hulled and raw or toasted, sesame seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients and minerals. They are one of the most nutrition dense foods for their size, and very versatile in how they can be consumed.
Build Your Bones!
Not only are these little seeds rich in copper, magnesium, and calcium, but they are also loaded with healthy omega-3 fats and have a high protein content. What this means is that sprinkling these seeds into your diet is doing your health a huge favour. They have been known to build your bones, lower bad cholesterol, help your body with the fighting of disease and improve hypertension and stress.
Sesame seeds are well known for their high oil content, as sesame oil is very resistant to rancidity. You all know the saying “a little goes a long way,” well this is a great way to show the way to use sesame oil. This oil has the ability to neutralize oxygen radicals, regulate cell growth and slow down cancer cell formation. But add too much, and it will overwhelm the flavour. This type of oil is most commonly used in Asian dishes, and tastes great with soy sauce, garlic and ginger.
I bet you didn’t think that musky taste you scattered on top of dinner was doing your body any favours. Well I have news for you, it is! And if you are not a huge fan of Asian food, I have more news for you. Sesame seeds are also common in Middle Eastern food, especially in making tahini dips, baba ghanoush, hummus, and for the sweet dish of halvah.
There are also many granolas and breads made with sesame seeds, not to mention they are a great salad topper or dressing additive. Sometimes these flat seeds are so small, you don’t even realize you are eating them. Did you notice that most buns are coated with sesame seeds? So wherever your taste preferences lie, sesame seeds can be added for your benefit.
Try some of my favourite recipes with sesame seeds and sesame oil, and watch how good this fragrant seed makes your food and build your bones while you are at it!
Braised Bok Choy with Creamy Tahini and Black Sesame Seeds
1 bunch Bok ChoyDressing:
1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp of minced or grated ginger
2 tbsp tamari or gluten free soy sauce
1 tbsp brown rice syrup
¼ chopped scallions (optional)
**add water to loosen consistency
- Steam Bok Choy or Braise in a pan with a little bit of water for 10 minutes
- Remove greens and run cool water over them to inhibit further cooking and to maintain a rich green colour.
- Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or mini mixer.
- Pour dressing over greens and serve.