Tahini Nori Wraps

Nov 13, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

These delicious nutritious nori rolls can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes. I made these after getting home late after my yoga class and was too hungry to make anything that would take any longer. I’ve used a homemade raw brazil nut sesame tahini in these rolls but feel free to use store bought raw tahini if you can get it or just regular tahini. You could also mix it up and use some raw brazil or almond butter instead. By using another leaf inside the nori it will prevent it from becoming soggy, so these would be a great lunch snack too. When shopping for Nori sheets check the packet, if it’s not raw it will usually say toasted somewhere. Most brands are toasted, so if you want to keep it strictly raw try a wholefoods shop or an online raw foods shop. In Australia and New Zealand I usually buy the spiral foods brand nori.

Ingredients

Nori sheets
Swiss or rainbow chard (or romaine/cos lettuce)
Carrots
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Tahini
Himalayan or sea salt

 

Method

1. Lay the nori flat on a board

2. Remove the stalk end from a large chard leaf. The leaf should be around the same size as your nori sheet or a little narrower. Lay this on top of the nori.

3. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the carrot into long ribbons, cut the cucumber into long sticks and dice the tomato.

4. Spread some tahini along one edge of the chard following the direction of the stalk. Use as much or as little as you like. You may prefer to thinly spread it over the whole leaf or have one thick line of tahini.

5. Layer your carrot ribbons, cucumber and tomatoes lengthways next to the tahini so that the come to about 1/3 of the width across. Add salt to taste.

6. Now simply roll from the filled side over, pressing in as you do so, to form your nori roll. Wet the end of the nori with a small amount of water to help it stick together.

 

Serving suggestions

I like to just cut these in half and eat them as they are but you could also make a little dipping sauce from tamari amd lemon juice if you like.

 

Tips

Don’t limit yourself to the fillings that I have used. This was just what I had in the fridge at the time. There are so many other veges that would be great in these rolls. Try some red bell pepper, mung bean shoots, alfalfa sprouts, fresh herbs, grated beetroot, or even add some tofu. The tahini could also be substituted with avocado for a lighter tasting roll.

 

Orange Tahini Salad Dressing

Aug 18, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

Orange Tahini Salad Dressing

The sweet creamy dressing makes the most of the delicious navel oranges that are in season now. It comines well with greens like cos lettuce or cabbage. Top with some grated carrots and raisins for extra sweetness and you’re good to go!

Ingredients

Orange Tahini Dressing

2 Tbsp Raw Tahini*

3 Medium Oranges

1/4 Cup Water

Salad Ingredients

1 Head of Cos/Romaine Lettuce

3 Large Carrots

1/4 Cup Raisins

Optional: Pepitas/Pumpkin Seeds (soaked & dehydrated)

Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt to taste

Method

Peel the oranges and blend with the tahini. Add the water a bit at a time as needed depending on how juicy your oranges are. You don’t want this to turn into a smoothie!

Finely grate the carrots. Using a fine grater will give you more flavoursome carrots.

Finely slice the lettuce and toss everything together with the raisins and pepitas

Add salt to taste.

*How to make raw tahini

Raw tahini is expensive to buy and I’ve never seen it in Australia or New Zealand, so I make my own in my Vitamix blender.

Simply take a couple of cups or more of raw sesame seeds and blend on a low setting.

Use the tamper to keep pushing the seeds down as the mixture will rise up the walls of the blender. It will take a few minutes for the seeds to begin to release the oils and start forming a paste. You may need to stop now and again to prevent the mixture from overheating. You’ll be able to feel it warm up on the ouside of the container.

Then just continue to blend until you reach a consistency that you’re happy with.