Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Magic Sauce



I came across this gem while searching for things to prepare for the wedding.  I was looking for recipes that were simple, healthful, delicious and that could be prepared in advance and served at room temperature.  The site I encountered it on calls it Tahini Sauce, but I think Magic Sauce is much more appropriate.  This thing is a game changer.  It's so flavourful, easy, and versatile that it could go a long way towards helping out those who are transitioning into a vegetarian life.  It can be used as a salad dressing, a dip for veggies or spring rolls, a sauce for rice bowls, to dress up a wrap or sandwich, the list goes on and on.  
Nutritionally, sesame is very high in iron, the highest of all seeds in fact.  Pairing tahini with citrus helps make the iron more absorbable by the body.  I know we've talked about this before, but it bears repeating that Iron deficiency (not protein deficiency) is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world.  It's a good idea to actively incorporate iron rich foods into the diet, vegetarian or not.  I'm thinking this would be great on a salad of wilted kale and tangerine slices...even MORE iron!
This recipe is attributed to a cookbook called From Vegetables With Love, which is currently at the top of my wish list.

These are the veggies for a double batch


INGREDIENTS - Makes about 3 cups

1/4 cup tamari or  Braggs Liquid Aminos
1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
2 stalks of celery 1” slices
1 bell pepper cut in 4 pieces
1 small sweet onion cut in 4 pieces
1 clove garlic (optional)
1/2 tsp of black pepper dash of cayenne

1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Safflower Oil or other heart healthy vegetable oil.
8 oz Tahini

METHOD

  • In a food processor, process the first 6 ingredients.
  • With the motor running (this is key, if you stop the motor, add the stuff, start the motor, you'll end up with a big sloshy mess - learn from my mistakes and don't do it!) add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.  Alternatively, you could do this part in a blender.
  • Depending on what you're using it for, add more tahini to make it thicker, more lemon juice or water to thin it out.
  • Taste and adjust for seasoning, this will hold up in the refrigerator for at least a week.
The Magic Sauce is in the fluted bowl, behind the crudités -
and those fabulous shoes belong to my friend Vicki



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