Thursday, November 24, 2011

Steamed Spinach in Tahini Sauce

It was at a dinner party with girlfriends not too long ago that I came across this particular ensemble of ingredients. It is simply genius to add, in this case, a sauce on the bottom of a pile of steamed spinach. It gives the vegetable a whole new meaning. Anyway, one of my bigger supporters said that I definitely needed to work on this recipe. It has been a challenge I must admit, but I believe that I have more or less nailed it now. 

I used a tahini made out of unhulled sesame seeds, which leaves quite a strong flavour. If you prefer, go for the "normal" tahini made out of hulled sesame seeds. The result will be just as good. The sauce makes enough to serve 4-6 people so triple the amount of spinach if you want to use all of it now. Otherwise just keep it in the fridge for another meal.

Steamed Spinach in Tahini Sauce
1bag/80g/3 handfuls fresh spinach, washed
1tbsp tahini
2tbsp water
1tsp soy sauce
1tsp honey
sesame seeds to serve

Bring water to the boil in a medium sized pan. In the meantime mix tahini and water in a small bowl with a spoon. Once completely combined, add the soy sauce and honey and stir until you have a smooth sauce. Transfer half onto a serving plate and set aside.

Add the fresh spinach into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to the serving plate on top of the tahini sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds all over the spinach to finish it off. Serves 2

HEALTH BENEFITS of Spinach: Spinach is an excellent source of iron, making it a perfect substitute for red meat. It is low in calories and virtually fat free, a good source of omega-3 (!), a very good source of calcium, magnesium and a couple of B-vitamins. All which are vital for weight-management and/or weight-loss. Make sure the cooking/steaming time is below 1min, only to make sure that you do not loose any of the essential nutrients. 

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