Carrot Tahini Soup

Carrot soup is a regular side dish in our family. After making it for so many years, I decided to change things up a little and add tahini. I now don’t make carrot soup without it, because it tastes so much more interesting than a plain carrot soup. A pinch of turmeric gives the soup a nice, bright color, and pistachios add another pop of color and texture while acting as a delicious topping. This recipe makes four servings, so you […]

Buddha Bowl with Tahini Dressing

Buddha bowls are my new favorite way to get in all of my vegetables for the day. If you haven’t heard of them yet, I’m sure you’ve seen them around the web, since they’re kind of a thing right now. But what’s with the name? They actually called “Buddha” bowls because they look like, well, a Buddha belly with all of those vegetables piled on top! In terms of what vegetables you can add to them, you can go crazy and add […]

Homemade Tahini Sauce

When I went to UCLA, there was a place in Westwood called Bella Pita where you could get a falafel or chicken pita and then load it up with toppings—fresh tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, a wide array of unlabeled sauces. I’m an adventurous eater and wasn’t hesitant to try it out. For the next four years, I doused my chicken pita in a mysterious creamy, beige sauce. One day, it occurred to me that I wouldn’t live right next door […]

The Hummus Among Us

I used to be a hummus-hater. Seriously. Honestly, I used to hate every kind of bean, period. I wouldn’t touch chili with a ten-foot pole. Burritos were filled with only meat, rice and cheese. I was basically a weirdo. Luckily, I have since had a change of heart, and thanks to a del taco 79¢ bean and cheese burrito in high school, I have risen above my bean-eschewing ways. Refried beans and I are now the best of friends, and […]