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WHIPPED TAHINI SAUCE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


i’ve been waiting quite a while to post this recipe. i was most familiar with tahini as an ingredient in hummus. my mom would buy it at the health food store a few times a year when she would whip up hummus. but aside from that, we never used tahini in our house. until i went dairy free years ago. since then, it’s been an all-time favorite ingredient of mine (if you do a quick search on my site, a plethora of recipes will pop up!). it’s that kind of pantry staple that lends depth, flavor, and creaminess in just about any and every dish you could imagine. be it salad dressings, soups, drizzled on your favorite mains and salads, tahini is a rich and satisfying partner to whatever it is you’re preparing regardless of whether you’re whipping it or not.

add that tahini with a few other basic ingredients to a food processor, and you’ve got yourself the smoothest and frothiest sauce to spread, drizzle, and add to all the things. you can serve this dip/sauce immediately after you make it, which will be a bit on the warm side from the motor of your food processor. or, you could store it in your fridge and serve it within 5-7 days. this obviously will result with a colder sauce/dip, and will have seized a bit and have a thicker consistency. this is completely normal and great to serve as a dip. but, if you would like it to be thinner and more on the drizzling side of spectrum, just whisk a bit of water in a little at a time to get your desired consistency - don’t forget to taste it after and season the tahini if need be, the water can dilute it, especially if you add enough.

this is the kind of sauce that elevates any dish really - it turns bland grilled chicken is completely different meal. it magically makes roasted veggies more appealing, or a salad more creamy and exciting. whatever random (or non random) meals or ingredients you have in your fridge, whipped tahini will 100% make them more satisfying - promise!

also! we’ve started a hashtag! if you make any of the sauces from this sunday series, you can hashtag them on instagram with: #prepsaucesunday so we can all share in the fun, and hopefully get even more ideas on how we’re using these sauces throughout the week!

xo!!



whipped tahini sauce

| makes roughly 2 cups |

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method

  1. place the tahini, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and salt into the container of a food processor fitted with a metal “s” blade. with the engine running, drizzle in the cold water 1/3 cup at a time until you have reached your desired consistency. for me, this usually takes about 1 cup of water to achieve a frothy, light sauce. if you want it on the thicker side, do not add as much water.

  2. taste and adjust seasonings, adding more garlic, lemon juice, and/or salt. store whipped tahini sauce in an airtight jar or container in your refrigerator for up to 7-10 days.

ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini paste

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2/3 cup - 1 cup cold water


5-MINUTE (VEGAN) CAESAR WEDGE SALAD by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


if you’re coming off the long weekend, and this week still seems daunting (even on a thursday), then i’m with you! the long weekend was a great respite from the daily grind, but amesy got pretty sick with croup and that was enough to tip the weekend from relaxing, to tense. thankfully he made a quick recovery, but we were all left a little shaken when it was all said and done. but frank and i took the time we had staying put at home to knock some things off of our getting-ready-for-baby list (this week marks 1 month until little man’s due date!!!) instead of procrastinating like we usually do!

we also did a lot of cooking at home. frank typically mans the grill, while i throw a salad together, roast some veggies in the oven or thread said veggies on a skewer for frank to cook. either way, i usually prepare about 2 sides on a good night. one of them being a salad. at 35 1/2 weeks pregnant though even standing for more than 15 minutes without a break has been a lot for me. late afternoons are not the time when i feel most productive so i’ve been inventive in the shortcut department. enter: the wedge salad!

so long as you have this vegan caesar dressing prepped ahead of time, this salad takes all of about 5 minutes to put together. essentially, you cut, wash, and pat dry your romaine wedges (although, you could even do that ahead of time if needed), drizzle over a good amount of your vegan caesar dressing, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with toasted bread cubes, or croutons (store bought or homemade), and you’re good to go with an impressive, but simple salad. this is also a great option to go to when you’re serving a crowd or throwing a small dinner party, and preparing multiple sides, a main, but also want a presentable time-saving salad - the wedge is where it’s at.

i hope you enjoy this little back pocket recipe as much as i do. also hoping it brings you a sense of ease if you’re needing one!

xo



5-minute (vegan) caesar wedge salad | gf

| serves 6 |

method

  1. plate the lettuce wedges on a large plate or platter arranging every other one in opposite direction (as pictured). drizzle the wedges with the caesar dressing and drizzle with olive oil.

  2. sprinkle the croutons evenly over top the wedges, then use a microplane, or the small holes on a cheese grater to shave the walnuts, then sprinkle over top the wedges as well. season with salt and pepper, and serve with leftover dressing on the side.

ingredients

  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut in half lengthwise

  • 1 serving vegan caesar dressing

  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • 1 cup gluten free croutons (homemade or bought)

  • 3 tablespoons walnuts

  • salt & fresh pepper, to taste


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ZA'ATAR PESTO by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


hey! i’m popping in real quick to share yet another sunday meal prep sauce. this one’s for a wonderful twist on traditional pesto where we essentially replace the basil with parsley and za’atar spice. if you’re not familiar with za’atar it’s a spice blend traditionally made from dried marjoram, thyme and/or oregano, toasted sesame seeds, dried sumac, and sometimes salt. it’s generally used as a rub on meats, sprinkled on fish or poultry, added to roasted veggies, mixed with oil to top bread, etc.!

today we’re mixing za’atar spice/seasoning into a herby/nutty/garlicky base of parsley, toasted pine nuts, fresh garlic, and olive oil. it’s one of my favorite ways to utilize za’atar and it makes for such a bright and light summer sauce. i first had a similar pesto at a restaurant in the west village. it was one of mine and frank’s last meals out before we became parents to amesy. but the restaurant has since closed, and we’ve moved almost 3,000 miles away, so the need to make my own version of what i remember that pest to taste like has been somewhat essential. and i thought i ought to share this recipe here with you because it’s that good!

before i leave with the recipe, here are a few ways to use this sauce to spice up your food/life throughout the week:

  • forever and always on this leaf-less salad. the pesto acts just like a salad dressing here, and all you may need is a bit more salt and you’re good to go!

  • swirled into this flatbread (literally one of the most delicious things to use it for. just replace the first 5 ingredients with a few dollops of the za’atar pesto).

  • use as a marinade for veggie, chicken, or even fish (i love salmon here) kebabs.

  • mixed into roasted veggies.

  • mixed into potato salad or roasted potatoes

  • on flatbread, pizza, or pasta!

happy sunday, friends! xo



za’atar pesto | v

| makes just under 1 cup |

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method

  1. in the cup of a food processor fitted with a metal “s” blade, combine the parsley, pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, a few pinches salt, and a couple cracks of pepper. while the food processor is running, drizzle in the 1/2 cup of olive oil and blend until everything is broken down and sufficiently mixed together, stopping a couple times to scrape down the sides of the container. taste and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice, if needed.

  2. scrape the parsley and olive oil mixture into a bowl. stir in the za’atar spice until combined. taste and adjust any seasonings, if necessary. scrape the za’atar pesto into a lidded jar. pour over the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil to prevent the pesto from browning in the fridge.

  3. za’atar pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. let pesto stand at room temp roughly 30 minutes before using.

ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh parsley

  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

  • juice from 1/2 small lemon

  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

  • salt & freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 cup, plus 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil to top

  • 1/4 cup za’atar spice