Sesame King Tahini Review and Giveaway

Let’s talk about one of my all time favorite ingredients to use in the kitchen.

When I was little, I probably would have said that my favorite “ingredient” was pop-tarts or any kind of sugary cereal.

Boy, have I come a long way.

I use this ingredient practically every day.

It’s tahini, otherwise known as sesame seeds that are pulverized to form a creamy, smooth, seed butter.

It’s used a ton in Middle Eastern cooking.

I use it to make hummus, salad dressings, and as a little sauce for my vegetables.

It can also be used to make baba ghanoush and halvah.

So, when I was contacted by Sesame King to sample some of their tahini flavors…I was floooored!

Seasame King Tahini is made from only the purest, natural, sesame seeds.

It’s also gluten-free and Non-GMO!

It’s absolutely delicious on bread, right from the jar, and the perfect addition to your favorite recipe.

I chose to try the Roasted Tahini and Garlic Tahini flavors.

Sesame King also offers flavors such as Light Roast, Honey, Cajun, and Tomato Basil.

Seriously, I wanted to try them all after my experience with the roasted and garlic flavors.

The garlic flavor was perfectly seasoned, not overpowering at all and added the perfect flavor to my garlic hummus, without actually having to add more garlic.

I used the roasted flavor to make my chickpea salad which was absolutely life changing!

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These little delicate chickpeas are paired with zesty red onion

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and tossed in a creamy, tangy, apple cider vinegar/tahini dressing.

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Oh yes.

The best part about all of this?

I’m about to give you the chance to try two jars of any flavor of Sesame King Tahini that you want!

To ENTER this giveaway, you can choose to do one or all of the following (make sure to enter a separate comment for each thing that you do).

1. Comment on which two flavors of Sesame King Tahini you would want to try and what you would use it for.

2. Like Sesame King Tahini on Facebook .

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4. Tweet the following: “I just entered to win two jars of @Sesame_King Tahini from @misschelsmangia! Enter now to win!  http://mangiablog.com/2015/07/06/sesame-king-tahini-review-and-giveaway/”

If you can’t wait to enjoy some of this outstanding tahini, head on over and purchase a few jars!

I will announce the winner this Friday, July 10th!

Happy Entering!

This giveaway is now over. Dandi D, you are the winner! I will be contacting your shortly to claim your prize!

MANGIA!!!

Tahini Chickpea Salad
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Recipe type: Salad, Side
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
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Serves: 2-3
 
The perfect refreshing salad for summer, chickpeas tossed in a creamy tahini dressing and seasoned with Italian spices, salt, and pepper. Gluten-free, vegan.
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Sesame King Tahini (I used the roasted flavor)
  • 2 t. apple cider vinegar
  • warm water, as needed
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the tahini, apple cider vinegar, and just enough water to create a semi-thin dressing. I used about 1-2 teaspoons.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beans, onion, and seasoning.
  3. Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator or eat immediately.

MANGIA!!!

Secret Recipe Club

Y’all…it’s that time again.

Secret Recipe Club time.

This month I was absolutely delighted that my secret blogger was Kate, the lovely lady behind Kate’s Kitchen.

Kate is a financial planner who loves to cook. Her husband is also a professional sous chef, so obviously, I am super jealous.

I’m sure they just have amazing food ALL THE TIME!

Kate, can you come help me with my taxes? I will totally bake you a cake and we can eat it over a nice cup of coffee.

I’m pretty sure in all the years that I have been a member of this awesome group of food bloggers, I have yet to make something that isn’t a dessert.

Well, Kate’s broad recipe index opened up my mind to giving something other that cookies, cake, and pie a chance.

Oh, but you know it was something that I absolutely adore.

Slaw.

Not just any slaw.

Guacamole Slaw.

People, people…this is genius!

This is pretty much two of my favorite things in one…

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and that’s ah-mazing.

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I mean a slaw that you can eat w/ fajitas or barbecue…

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well, that’s basically my life’s purpose.

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This is as creamy as a coleslaw can get.

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With greek yogurt & avocado…that’s one creamy smash-bang combo.

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Plus, just look at all of those colors!

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Plus, plus…this stuff is super healthy!

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All those healthy fats from the avocados and veggies galore!

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I promise that this is REAL LIFE.

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You are not dreaming.

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Plus, this takes about 10 minutes to make.

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Are you sold yet?

5.0 from 1 reviews
Guacamole Slaw
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Recipe type: Side/ Salad/Appetizer
Cuisine: American/Mexican
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Serves: 4
 
A creamy avocado based cabbage slaw with all of the flavors of guacamole. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe avocado, mashed
  • ½ c. non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ c. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 package of shredded cabbage mix
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the avocado, yogurt, cilantro, garlic, onion, tomato, and jalapeno until smooth.
  2. Place the cabbage mix into a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the lime juice and vinegar over the top.
  4. Add the cumin.
  5. Pour the avocado mixture over the cabbage and toss to combine.
  6. Season w/ salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Chill in the fridge and serve right before eating.

MANGIA!!!

 

Little Old Lady.

One of my favorite things to do on Saturday is go to my local farmer’s market .

I am basically obsessed w/ my “kombucha guy” there (not in that sort of way), but only because his kombucha is the best dang kombucha I’ve ever had.

Seriously, he mixes his blueberry/mint w/ his lemon/ginger for me and I’m in kombucha heaven.

I also have my kale/homemade apple cider butter lady.

She rocks.

So, this past Saturday I headed out to graze around at my local farmer’s market only to be greeted by a new vendor.

I was super excited.

Only because I saw a table covered w/ casserole dishes, fresh and piping hot from the oven, creating that amazing “something’s cooking” aroma…please tell me you know what I’m talking about.

The icing on the cake was that a little old lady was selling her baked goods…all gluten-free.

This old lady was a hoot…we will just say that she was of some turkish or mediterranean descent.

She had a thick accent and proceeded to describe everything on the table to me, veggie egg quiche, warm, fresh pizza w/ an array of bell peppers, onions, and garlic, and cookie bars as big as my head.

While she insisted that I buy everything, I settled on the quiche for a morning snack.

Oh my…I wish this lady was my third grandmother because she can definitely cook!

I scarfed that thing in 5 seconds.

I can’t wait for next Saturday.

Gah.

Like I said…it’s crunch time people.

Let’s talk Thanksgiving.

My fave dish at Thanksgiving is cornbread or anything with cornbread in the title, this includes cornbread stuffing.

I just love cornbread in general.

Let’s make paleo cornbread.

Capsice?

Trust me…you won’t miss the cornmeal.

This one gets jacked up w/ caramelized apples.

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I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the only way to eat apples.

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Besides dipping them into a vat of peanut butter.

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They’re all sweet, and tender, and juicy.

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We put them at the bottom of a mini-skillet.

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Then we top it w/ some “cornbread” batter.

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Hand photo-op!

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Then more apples on top and a bake-ity bake in the oven.

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Y’all…

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this stuff is crazy good.

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The cake is super buttery and fluffy but not overly sweet because that is where the apples come in.

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It’s like butt-ah.

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You could totally flip it upside down

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or leave it right side up for a pretty presentation.

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Or you could just eat the entire thing yourself since it’s in a mini skillet. 😉

Caramelized Apple Skillet Cornbread
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Recipe type: Bread, Cornbread, Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Juicy, tender caramelized apples fill the bottom and top this melt in your mouth buttery "cornbread." Paleo, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • For the apples:
  • 2 medium apples, cored, and sliced lengthwise into thin slices
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • sprinkle of coconut
  • For the cornbread:
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 T. liquid egg whites or 2 large eggs
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 T. unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the sliced apples on the baking sheet. Toss w/ the maple syrup, evoo, and cinnamon.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until slightly golden brown and tender.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Grease a mini cast-iron skillet w/ cooking spray.
  6. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.
  7. Place half the apples in a spiralized pattern on the bottom of the skillet.
  8. Top the apples with the cornbread batter.
  9. Top the rest of the cornbread with the remaining apples, working in the same spiralized pattern.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  11. Let cool before removing the cornbread from the skillet. Slice into 2 large slices or 4 smaller triangular slices.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 279 Fat: 18g Saturated fat: 3.6 Unsaturated fat: 15g Carbohydrates: 24.2g Sodium: 41.7mg Fiber: 4.7g Protein: 4.3g

MANGIA!!!

Cornbread Situation.

 Y’all.

I’ve got some things going on in my life that are pretty durn (yes, I say pretty durn) exciting.

It all begins today.

I will let you in on the deets later.

But y’all.

This cornbread situation.

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I have always been a cornbread connoisseur but this…

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well this is on a whole notha’ level.

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I smacked this cornbread w/ some autumn flavors.

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But wait, this cornbread doesn’t even have corn in it.

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That’s cuz it’s paleo pumpkin cornbread.

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Yep. I make my own rules round’ these here parts.

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I dare you to make this and tell me you think there’s cornmeal in it.

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It’s gonna blow your mind.

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Fluffy, melt in your mouth, fragrant, flavorful Rosemary Pumpkin Cornbread…

best damn thing I’ve made all fall.

Rosemary Pumpkin "Cornbread"
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Recipe type: Bread, Cornbread, Side, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
Melt in your mouth pumpkin "cornbread" made w/ coconut flour and seasoned w/ fragrant, fresh rosemary. Perfect drizzled w/ a bit of maple syrup, honey, and butter. Paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free 🙂
Ingredients
  • ½ c. pure, canned pumpkin, unsalted
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 2 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 2 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and fresh rosemary.
  4. Pour into a greased 8x8 in. square ceramic baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  6. Cut into squares and serve warm w/ a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, and/or butter.

Nutritional Facts (1/12th of recipe): Calories: 81, Total Fat: 6g (1.4g Saturated Fat), Sodium: 238mg, Potassium: 49mg, Total Carb: 5g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 3g

MANGIA!!!

Apples to Apples.

I have a mad respect for those food bloggers who have/are in the process/or even thinking about writing a cookbook.

Or, ya know, people who just write cookbooks in general.

A couple of weeks ago I got asked to create 4 recipes for a cookbook based on a popular diet.

Piece of cake, right?

Wrong!

Never underestimate the power of baking soda in a recipe.

In this case, I’m talking it’s acidic capabilities.

I have made a particular muffin recipe for quite some time and yesterday, well that was an EPIC fail.

Hello never ending metallic taste.

I chunked it in the garbage.

Ick.

Anyway, this recipe today builds my confidence level after a disaster like that.

Oh, and the fact that it’s super simple and utterly mouthwatering isn’t so bad either.

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I’m about to tell you how I put coconut butter on my apples.

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Hey y’all! I put coconut butter on my apples!

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There, I said it!

Oh, then I added some coconut oil, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

BOOM!

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Caramelized apple heaven!

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Oh yes…

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you want 🙂

Caramelized Coconut Butter Apples
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-4
 
Sweet, honey crisp apples spiced w/ warm cinnamon, tossed in coconut butter and coconut oil along with maple syrup and baked until tender and bubbly. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, refined sugar-free!
Ingredients
  • 4 honeycrisp apples, cored and sliced lengthwise into medium thick slices
  • 1 T. melted coconut butter
  • 1 T. melted coconut oil
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the apple slices on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Place the coconut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small mixing bowl and combine.
  4. Sprinkle the apples w/ the cinnamon.
  5. Drizzle the coconut butter mixture evenly over the apples and toss to coat, making sure the apples are coated completely w/ the mixture.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the apples are tender and just caramelized around the edges.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.
  8. Serve over a warm salad, or grilled pork chops w/ a drizzle of maple syrup, or as a dessert topping w/ ice cream or yogurt!

MANGIA!!!