Heirloom Simplicity – The Last of the Tomatoes

Boo!  It’s the last of the tomatoes this season.  Whether in your backyard, the farmer’s market or your supermarket – for most of us – it’s the end of tomatoes.  There is no better way to say bye-bye to tomatoes than to enjoy a lovely heirloom tomato in its simplest form.  Simply slice it up, add a few drops of olive oil and some chunky sea salt.  See you next summer!

Heirloom Tomatoes

Apple Walnut Tahini Snack

Diet changes are hard!  When I switched to my new healthy way of eating, I felt so victorious that I could now eat 3 meals a day and not snack.  But I was dead wrong.  My mood started changing and every day around mid-morning and mid-afternoon I didn’t feel hungry, but I felt angry.

I spoke with my nutrition coach and she suggested I add snacks.  I was indignant – I finally learned to eat just the right amount, my weight goal was almost reached and now she wanted me to eat more?!  As a solution, I cut down the calories in my main meals and added some snacks whenever I felt upset for no reason.

Here is an easy snack.  It’s raw, fits in with most special diets and best of all it’s tasty!

Apple Walnut Tahini Snack

Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith (or other tart apple)

3 Tbsp. Tahini Paste

30 grams (1 oz) walnuts, raw, unsalted, not roasted

Instructions:

Peel and slice the apple as shown.  Since I don’t use organic apples all the time (don’t judge!) I prefer to peel them first.  Throw the apples on a plate once they’re peeled and sliced and spoon on some tahini paste.  Add walnuts and there you go!  Use the apple as a “chip” and the tahini as a “dip.”

Tahini TIP: The tahini paste is concentrated.  If you’re using it for spreading and snacks like this, that’s great.  If you want to use it as a dip, you should mix it with water, lemon juice and add some garlic.  Keep stirring until it gets a smooth texture – it takes a minute or two and looks stringy until it’s mixed right.