Tahini Stir Fry with Tofu

Tahini Stir Fry PinThis Tahini Stir Fry with Tofu recipe is one of our favorites stir fries. We used to eat this one almost every week because it’s fast, easy and flavorful. However, since I found out I still have high cholesterol, we’ve cut this one out for awhile.

We still eat stir fries similar to this one every week, but the tofu and tahini add 5 grams of saturated fat per serving, which is way more than I need to consume while trying to lower my cholesterol. It’s also not great for weight loss so if you’re trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol, you’re better off eating our low-fat Easy Vegan Asian Stir Fry.

Greger might disagree with this advice, but I side with Esselstyn and Ornish on this one. They’re the experts in heart disease, which runs rampant in my family, along with cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity. With the deck stacked against me, Amelia and I have decided to err on the side of caution when it comes to foods high in saturated fat, like tahini.

With that said, the tofu in this recipe adds a nice meaty texture and contributes most of the 18 grams of protein. And it absorbs the flavors of the sauce and other ingredients so it’s very tasty. This recipe is also loaded with fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron.

This is a nice one-pot meal (not counting the rice) so it’s also fast and easy to clean up.

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Tahini Salad Dressing

Tahini Salad Dressing PinThis Tahini Salad Dressing is rich and satisfying. In addition to using it as a salad dressing for your Falafel Salad, you can use it as a condiment on your Veggie Sandwich, Falafel Sandwich or as a dipping sauce for your plain old Vegan Falafel.

Tahini has a peanut buttery texture, but it’s made from sesame seeds. It’s a popular condiment in the Eastern Mediterranean and most of Asia. This recipe mixes it with lemon juice and water to thin it out and give it a tanginess. The Nutritional Yeast gives it a little cheese flavor and some B12.

It’s pretty high in fat, so if you’re trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol, you should opt for a lower fat dressing like JP’s Italian Salad Dressing, or try No-Tahini Hummus or Salsa instead.

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Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus PinThis deliciously pink Beet Hummus is not only nutritionally dense, it tastes amazing! You won’t be able to stop eating it!

Amelia and I took a plant based cooking class offered by a very talented local chef, Kelley Williamson. She’s known as the Plant Based Kitchenista and her version of this tasty Beet Hummus was there for us to eat as we cooked.

This recipe is Amelia’s version of Kelley’s recipe with a few changes. Amelia wanted to make more, so she doubled the ingredients for everything except the garbanzo beans. That made the hummus a little more moist like the texture of traditional hummus making it easier to dip our crackers and pita chips in it.

We absolutely love this Beet Hummus recipe. The beets give it a little bit of sweetness while the lemon and tahini give it some zest. You might also want to make your own Homemade Pita Chips to go with this delicious hummus.

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy our classic Vegan Hummus or our Lentil Hummus with Roasted Garlic.

Beet Hummus Cooking Video

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Lentil Hummus with Roasted Garlic

Lentil HummusThis lentil hummus has a milder taste than our classic Vegan Hummus so it goes better with pita chips or pretzel thins than carrots or peppers. Veggies with stronger flavors may overpower this delicate hummus recipe, but it’s still delicious and a great use for your extra lentils.

Lentils are very nutritious. They’re loaded with potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron.

We made this recipe with the most common of the lentils, brown lentils, but you can use any color you have on hand. Each type of lentil has a slightly different taste, bringing more variety to your lentil hummus experiences.

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Vegan Cajun Chickpea Fritters

Cajun Chickpea Fritters PinThese vegan cajun chickpea fritters are delicious adult dinner pancakes chock full of protein and fiber. They’re also gluten free since they use chickpea flour instead of wheat flour. Although, be sure all the other ingredient you use are also gluten free.

They pair well with wilted spinach, a side salad or healthy veggies. Or you can do what we did and eat them straight off the griddle or as a main dish.

We used an electric griddle instead of frying them in a saute pan with oil, which cut down on the calories and fat a little. Plus, we were able to cook most of them at once instead of a few at a time.

We also drizzled our Vegan Ranch Dressing over them, which was yummy.

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Vegan Hummus

Vegan Hummus PinVegan hummus is a mainstay on our snack list. You can make a batch and eat it throughout the week with pita chips, bread, carrots, celery, sliced peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, or any other veggie of choice. It even works well as a condiment for your veggie burgers and sandwiches.

Classic hummus is made with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), which are packed with protein and fiber. One serving of this recipe has 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. When you pair it with raw veggies, you’ll not only get tons of healthy nutrients, you’ll also feel fuller from all of that fiber.

In addition to protein and fiber, hummus is packed with other healthy nutrients like calcium and iron. It has even been shown to lower cholesterol and sugar levels, reduce your risk of cancer, help with weight control, and many other benefits. Check out “15 Health Benefits of Hummus, According to Science (+8 Delicious Hummus Recipes)” over at JenReviews.com for more info on this super delicious food.

Hummus tastes great with pita chips or bread, but if you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to stick with the raw veggies for awhile. In fact, hummus is very high calorie so you might want to skip it until you’ve reached your weight loss goals. This recipe has over 200 calories per serving including the veggies used for dipping.

This vegan hummus recipe is super easy and very tasty, but you will need a food processor.

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