Middle Eastern cooking has given us many wonderful things but one of my favourites has to be tahini. This sumptuously creamy yet slightly bitter sesame seed butter forms the basis of many dressings or sauces and pairs oh so well with the spicing palate utilised in this cuisine.
Another inherent trait of this form of cooking is the concentration on plant-based protein sources. Dishes centred around grains, lentils & pulses with plenty of fresh herbs & fruits being day to day staples.
Sesame seeds by themselves are great sources of plant-based protein, fibre and healthful fats but this is only bolstered by the addition of the hemp seeds which are one of the only vegetarian complete proteins. Pumpkin seeds then bring their own protein power to the party in addition to great levels of Zinc to aid optimal immune function amongst other things.
So basically this is the awesomeness of tahini but with an extra edge on his classic friend nutritionally, plus the addition of the other seeds deepens the deliciously nutty flavour of this wonderful gift to any kitchen cupboard.