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Recipe: Tahini Sardini
Notes: This nutrient-packed recipe includes a great (low mercury) source of omega-3 fatty acids - sardines! Since we eat the whole fish, including the bones and skin, Sardines are one of the few foods that naturally contain both calcium and vitamin D . Mashing up the sardines and combining them with a flavorful sauce means this spread doesn't taste all that fishy. If you're not sure about sardines, make this recipe with one can tuna and one can sardines (instead of 3 cans sardines) to ease your way in. Serve this spread with your favorite crackers (I'm in love with Mary's Gone Crackers at the moment), cucumber slices, or over a bed of lettuce/cabbage/cooked zucchini. This is a stick-to-your-ribs lunch option that might help you feel less snacky later in the afternoon. Pack it in your lunch this week and let me know how it goes! This makes several servings.
Recipe adapted from: http://assets.thrivemarket.com/ebooks/thrive-market-cookbook-paleo.pdf
Recipe name credit: Darius Nabors
3 x 4.375 oz tins sardines, packed in water is best (packed in oil is ok too)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Drain sardines, then mash with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for 30 minutes for a more firm texture. Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Lindsey Hays, RDN, LN
Lindsey Hays is licensed as a Nutritionist/Dietitian in the state of South Dakota. While she holds a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN or RD) credential which is nationally recognized by the Commission on Dietitian Registration, she is not licensed to practice as a nutritionist or dietitian in states other than South Dakota. She is a Certified Dietitian in the State of Washington. The information on blackhillsnutrition.com is not intended as medical advice. The content of this site is not intended to provide or replace medical advice, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Always consult a qualified healthcare professional before changing your diet or medications. For full disclaimer statement click here.