Seed of the month: Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds may be most familiar as a topping on bagels, burger buns, and breadsticks. The tiny, tear-shaped seeds have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that’s enhanced when they’re baked or lightly toasted in a skillet. Most are off-white or tan, but you can also find black varieties, which are popular in Asian cuisine.

Sesame seeds contain lignans and phytosterols, plant compounds that may have cholesterol-lowering effects. They’re also a decent source of calcium and magnesium, two minerals linked to better blood pressure control.

Like other seeds, sesame seeds are rich in healthy unsaturated fats. You can use untoasted, light-colored sesame oil for cooking and stir-frying. Toasted sesame oil, which is a dark brown color, is best used in dressings or sauces or drizzled over vegetables, noodles, or other dishes.

Tahini — which consists of sesame seeds ground into a paste — is a key ingredient in hummus. You can also blend two parts tahini with one part water (plus a little salt and garlic powder) for an easy dip or dressing.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2 NIV

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NIV

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:16-17 NIV

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13  NIV

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NIV

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV

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