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By Ann Taylor Pittman
January 05, 2018
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The mild sesame seed paste is far more than just a hummus stir-in. It provides richness to our Kale-and-Chickpea Grain Bowl with Avocado Dressing and has many other delicious uses. Try it in these everyday dishes.

Double-Sesame Noodles

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Creamy tahini and fragrant sesame oil give this simple noodle dish a double dose of nutty flavor. The sauce is similar to Southeast Asian peanut sauce—but more allergy-friendly because it's made with sesame seeds. Get the recipe here.

 Garlicky Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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Think of this as an all-purpose dressing, perfect for green salads or whole-grain salads, roasted vegetables or roasted meats. It has citrusy pep and a nice garlic follow-through. We like to grate the garlic on a Microplate-style grater so that it becomes a smooth paste—leaving no crunchy bits, but all the pungent flavor. Get the recipe here.

Nutty Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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If you prefer your sweet potatoes more on the savory side, this dish is for you. Since the tubers are already naturally sweet, we add just a small drizzle of honey to enhance their flavor. The tahini lends a distinct nuttiness and contributes to the overall creaminess of the dish. We use a food processor for the smoothest texture. Get the recipe here.