08 July 2010

Open sesame…

A stress free day at work? CHECK!

A wonderfully relaxing evening? CHECK!

A tasty dinner inspired by the Mystery Box? CHECK and CHECK!

Tonight's Mystery Box ingredient was another good one...


Sesame seeds.

Did you know? Sesame seeds, aside from being the main ingredient in tahini, are rich in manganese, calcium and iron. They also contain 'sesamin' and 'sesamolin' which may have a cholesterol lowering effect and also prevent high blood pressure.


Not bad statistics for such little seeds if you ask me!

Tonight's dinner was quite random. I had a block of tofu in the fridge just waiting to be used, so I figured a sesame tofu would be the solution.

Starting with the sesame marinade: sesame oil, tamari and garlic.


I allowed the pressed tofu to marinade for around an hour..


Then baked it in the oven for 40 minutes (flipping half way through).


Also in the oven, was a bunch of carrots, slowly roasting away.


Served all together with a side of greens.


I also topped the tofu with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for extra crunch.


My oh my, an easy yet delicious end to the day.

What about you? Do you ever use sesame seeds in cooking?

I must admit, I often forget about these little seeds! I think they would add a nice crunch to salads or stir-fries.

Time for a some GLEE watching!

Happy Baking :)


  1. I just started using sesame seeds a couple months ago and love the flavor and texture they add!

  2. I haven't gotten very creative with them.... usually just on stir fries that already have sesame oil called for.

  3. That looks like pretty much my ideal dinner. Oh my nom nom noms. I've just got into using a lot of tahini, which is sesame seeds... does that count? Though mostly I'm eating it with honey on oatmeal/toast :)

  4. I use sesame in everything too. Its so versatile and good. Yumm. Lately I've been using it to make veggie burgers. ;)

  5. I have a packet of wasabi flavoured sesame seeds I sprinkle on Japanese food...the best of sesame with the kick of heat!

  6. I've been meaning to pick up some sesame seeds. I really enjoy the flavor and crunch it adds to a dish.

  7. I never really use sesame seeds, but I love hummus and sesame oil ;)

    Have fun watching GLEE! I love that show!

  8. I don't think I've ever had those seeds on hand... even more impressive that everything you have in that box you have on hand :) haha

  9. Looks delicious! These would be really good on salads and stir fries. Sometimes I'll sprinkle them on homemade rolls...especially if we are going to use the rolls for sandwiches. Love your dinner though!

  10. I love adding sesame seeds to stir fries, and I also top them onto Japanese-style rice bowls that I make sometimes. Have you ever had the black sesame seeds? Those are good too, with a slightly stronger flavor. And don't even get me started on halva. Yum.

  11. I. AM. MAKING. THIS.
    Why are you so awesome?
    The end.

  12. I have to admit I'm crazy about sesame oil in cooking. I only use a little bit but there's something about that aroma that I absolutely adore! :D

  13. I've never cooked tofu in the oven - what a great idea. I love sesame seeds and sesame oil. I currently have a minor obsession with black sesame seeds

  14. A big fan of sesame stuff here! :)

  15. Thanks so much for the well wishes, Lisa! Much appreciated :)

    Mmmm, that tofu looks great. After years of strict vegetarianism and very bland tofu I had somewhat sworn the stuff off, but i'd definitely try this!

  16. sesame tofu <3

    The first time I had tamari tofu i swore off all other tofu- tamari beats regular soy sauce too in my opinion :)

    lovely dish girl!


  17. I have to admit, I've never liked sesame seeds! I even pick them off hamburger buns. Strange, I know. But regardless this looks great!