Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Yet another addiction (& recipe!)

gomasio recipe

Utterly inspired by Forks over Knives (You can see the whole movie here for free) I foresee another change in our diet and another food post coming soon. (A couple from the past here and here.) In the meantime I thought I would share an addiction of ours - gomasio. It's a Japanese seasoning that we put on everything. It's incredibly healthy for you and super easy to make.

Macrobiotics teaches that gomasio, when used daily, is a natural remedy that strengthens our organism and prevents diseases. It is believed to improve the quality of the blood (making it less acidic), strengthen the nervous and immune systems, improve digestion, alleviate irregular menstruation, aid in the production of breast milk and relieve eye problems. Not to mention that sesame seeds are high in lecithin, a lipid that is a constituent of every cell in the body; the sheath around the brain, for example, contains lecithin. Sesame seeds also contain vitamins E, B, and F (fatty acids), plus calcium, iron, magnesium and trace minerals such as silicon, copper, chrome and 15 amino acids.

No wonder this super seasoning is served in our Waldorf school!

steamed kale and tofu with quinoa and gomasio
Steamed kale and tofu with gomasio over quinoa.(I believe this was K's plate by the way - hence the over abundance of gomasio. A food photographer, I am not!


1 cup sesame seeds
2 tsp sea salt

Rinse seeds well in a strainer. Let them dry and then place in a skillet on medium heat (do not add oil!). Shake the pan or stir while toasting for about 1 - 2 minutes. A slight popping sound will occur, and the aroma will be enticing. These toast quickly so be careful not to burn them!

Toast the sea salt in the same way you did the sesame seeds, in a dry skillet for a couple of minutes. And now for my little ones' favorite part: Grind the sesame seeds and sea salt together with your mortar and pestle. Store in a tightly closed jar in the pantry. Best if used within a week or so. They never last that long in our house, though!

Sprinkle it on steamed veggies, grains, salads, soups...the options are limitless! A favorite way for K, Baby L and I to use it is in a breakfast meal we created. We cook up some quinoa, add some fresh fruit, and a tiny bit of maple syrup to it then top it off with gomasio. It's a filling, sweet and savory start to our morning.

gomasio recipe

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Jane and The Lion said...

Thank you for the recipe!!! I usually buy it. Now I'm going to make it! :)

Rachel said...

I have never heard of gomasio. Thanks for the introduction. I'm excited to try it.

Art Mama said...

Oh Yum! The Kale & Tofu looks delish too! Thanks for the simple how to and suggestions for use!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

So as I mentioned before I lost all the intense debate comments on this post :( There were quite a few with questions too, but I honestly don't remember what they were. If you posted a comment via ID and had aquestion - could you please post it again? I truly apologize for this mishap.

Sarah said...

Hi! I think my question was one that got lost. I was just wondering where you are on your food journey- ie. vegan? vegetarian? paleo? I have two little girls, have been on my own food journey these last few years, and I feel so conflicted when it comes to food right now. I care so much about humane treatment of animals, cancer/disease prevention, the amount of chemicals/hormones/antibiotics on our food... yet I'm wondering if my children are getting what they need by what we've been eating. Anyway, we seem to be at close places with this issue, yet you seem to have things a little more together than I, so I thought I'd ask. Again, your blog is my favorite. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us :)

Helene @ French Foodie Baby said...

Just discovered your wonderful blog. Very intrigued by this gomasio, have never heard of it, will definitely try it. Looking forward to following you. I have a food blog about the French approach to family cooking, if you want to come visit some time, it's at

Carrie said...

Oh, sounds interesting. We will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Sarah, I deeply apologize for my delay in responding here! I am hoping to post my thoughts a bit more on this matter in the near future, but I am really still trying to figure things out with our diets. I wish I had it more together but I know I don't! :) When I gave up veganism I forgot about the health benefits of that diet and after gainig weight and feeling down right sluggish I am realizing whatI am missing out on. I think we really will be heading back to that but even healthier. I am goign to make it a slow transition, though as C will resist it the most. She would live off of dairy and grains if I let her and I can see it is really doing a lot to her little body. I think she will benefit the most from our change. Right now our diet is a bit wonky, we are lacto-ovo vegetarians(+ no gelatin or anything like that) with Baby L and I not partaking in dairy. I followed a veg version of Paleo for 40 days during Lent and I have to say I felt AMAZING... BUT now looking back I think that is because I want 100% sugar free and didn't live off of grains as I tend to do. I don't know... did that help at all to explain where we are at. It is a big mess right now. I am looking forward to switching over to a whole foods plant based diet, I really do think that willbe the best for us. But that is also b/c I think everyone in my family has a dairy issue of some sort so getting that out of our systems will do miracles. What about you? Where are you at? Did you see FOK?

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