Tahini-Dressed Veggies

19 Sep

I recently finished a great book called Eaarth by Bill McKibben. The book discusses how global warming is no longer a philosophical or a future threat; it is our REALITY, and it is affecting our food, our health, and so much more. And especially in America, many of us are still in denial. People learn things by incrementally doing them, by taking small steps. We have to start making changes to our everyday lifestyles and change our way of thinking about our food. Our food should not have to feel like it arrived as if by magic from some far away place.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how important it is to shop at farmer’s markets. Aside from purchasing a big portion of my food there, I have now started to save my own food scraps for compost at the farmer’s market. Basically, any fruit and vegetable trimmings, used tea bags, coffee grounds, etc. go into empty yogurt containers and plastic bags and I keep them in the refrigerator or freezer until Sunday when I take them to my farmer’s market for composting. I can live in a NYC apartment with no garden of my own, but I can still compost my food scraps.

Whew. I just had to work that out for myself. Gosh, it is just so crazy how much of my “trash” is really food scraps.

Alas, I still must gush about this beautiful creamy tahini dressing, so perfect for drizzling with vegetables, legumes, and even meat. I have the dressing recipe for you below, and you can use it however you like.

I’ve been cooking a lot lately, just forgetting to take photos. This past weekend I made a lovely meal: roast chicken with figs, an “everything” salad (my favorite kind of salad=an everything salad), challah bread with roasted garlic on the side, apple cake, and fresh whipped cream. The everything salad that I made was inspired by SmittenKitchen and had roasted delicata squash, red onion, chickpeas, pomegranate seeds, goat milk feta, and sautéed chard. All in one bowl, warm and cold, soft and crunchy, colorfully tossed together with a tahini dressing.

I had a little of the dressing left over the next day (but the rest of the salad was devoured), and drizzled it over some quickly sautéed green beans and roasted potatoes. An absolutely stunning side that highlights the versatility of the tahini dressing. I’ve basically made a “creamy” potato salad without the cream. Ding!

Tahini Dressing

adapted from SmittenKitchen and Orangette, originally from Casa Moro

1 medium garlic clove, minced with a bit of salt

1/4 cup lemon juice (1 large lemon was enough for me)

3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic and lemon juice. Add the tahini, and whisk to blend. Add the water and olive oil, whisk well, and taste for seasoning. The sauce should have plenty of nutty tahini flavor, but also a little kick of lemon. You will probably need to add more water to thin it out later.

Serve drizzled over veggies, beans, chicken, pasta…whatever you like…


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