Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.
Today: Meet the mother sauces of vegan cooking.
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There’s something about the creamy texture of tahini -- coupled with its nutty, slightly bitter taste -- that makes for one killer dressing.
And if you make it a little thicker, you can turn it into sauce. And if you make sauce, you’ll find that tahini is not only perfect for a salads and slaws, but also for warm bowls of simple, homemade fare. Some of my favorite combinations are:
Sweet potato, toasted chickpeas, and steamed or sautéed kale
Soba noodles, steamed broccoli, grated carrots, and red cabbage
Brown rice, steamed greens, hijiki, black beans, and sesame seeds
Quinoa, raw marinated kale, and hemp seeds
The possibilities are endless.
Today, I'm sharing two classic varieties of tahini dressing. One is inspired by Asian flavors (sesame, garlic, rice vinegar, and ginger), and the other is made with lemon and garlic. You can use either dressing for any purpose, but I like a thicker sesame tahini sauce over brown rice, and a thinner lemon tahini dressing over salads.
Modify both dressings to suit your taste, and then think about all of the marvelous, mix-and-match bowls you can serve them over.
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.