Our bat stumbled across a jar of Tahini and was intrigued! Sesame seed paste? That is interesting! Now just to make things clear tahini is mentioned as a good weight gain product, so if you want to lose weight we suggest you limit your use and maybe replace some of it with chickpeas. That being said, tahini has a high content of protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium, as well as fiber! So a small amount every now and again is healthy even if you are trying to lose weight, after all, it has the healthy kind of fats. Just remember that it has a high amount of calories so do not pair it with other high calory food. That being said, we are happy that we have a healthy gain weight recipe cos, people who want to gain weight exist too, and they also matter! So this recipe is for you if you want to add some healthy curves! It is also vegan and vegetarian friendly, so we’re targetting some narrower audience here, however, it is a perfect healthy lunch for most as well since it doesn’t have much more fats and calories so it is still a well-balanced meal if you do not go crazy with the tahini!!
Can’t find tahini?! Make your own! Simply roast some sesame seeds and blend with some olive oil and a pinch of salt! Just blend well until it is smooth and buttery. If you are doing your sauce for this recipe, you can add some of the milk too so it will be easier to blend in with the rest of the ingredients. Tahini is made from unhulled sesame seeds, so if you are using hulled (regular) sesame seeds you will most probably not need the honey as you will end up with a sweeter version.
The base for our recipe will be sweetcorn, bringing some Vitamin C to our table. Sweetcorn has almost no fats and very few carbs, however, still has some carbs. So we do recommend this recipe as a lunch unless you want to gain weight. We do need some carbs to function well after all, and eating them for lunch or breakfast will allow us enough time to burn them before we sleep while growing healthy hair, nails, and overall strength! We will also add some more sesame seeds that are slightly less fattening than tahini and add a lot more calcium, iron, and magnesium to our recipe. So let’s jump to the recipe!
- Sesame seeds
- Milk (your favorite kind)
- Mixed Vegg (Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, and Zucchini)
This time we’re gonna start with our sweetcorn in a pot. If they are frozen make sure you dry out all the ice, if not cook slightly and then add the milk (I used almond milk for an extra nutty flavor). Stir and cook until they start to soften, mixing the coriander and the aniseeds with them. Add the tahini and mix well. This will melt the tahini and create a thick sauce around your sweetcorn. Now pop in the sesame seeds and the honey and give one good final mix.
Place the mixture in a cooking tray, (I personally like to use portion-sized dishes that you can serve in. Makes it way easier to enjoy without worrying about how to get it out of the dish in one piece!), bake for around 5 minutes then add your favorite toppings. I parred it with bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. I can totally imagine peas and carrots going perfectly well in this mix too. Bake until golden (after baking, I grilled it for around 5 mins so that the sweetcorn will not burn until the vegetables get cooked. Another option can be light stir fry or grill the veggies before placing them on your sweetcorn mix. If you’re trying to gain weight, maybe saute the veggies in a little olive oil beforehand, this will add some more calories for you. Remember, you’re the chef, I’m just the idea!). And your lunch is ready to eat, or to cool and store, depending on your needs! I stored mine and microwaved it for 2 minutes before eating, works perfectly well!
As I said before you can reduce your tahini and add some chickpeas if you are trying to lose weight. I suggest smaller portions, however, if you still need larger portions, chickpeas are still a good source of protein, however, they have way less fat and calories. If you want to gain weight, you might want to mix some tahini sauce with some milk (almond milk again maybe?) to soften it a little, add honey to taste, and drizzle for some extra calories and flavor! Aubergines can also be a good mix here, adding bitterness to the sweetcorn. You can add some shredded chicken too if you like but why not give your body a little break from meat since we already have so much protein in this mix? Hope you try this vegetarian option and enjoy it, veggies can be just as good, don’t be afraid to give them a chance! Let us know your version and what you think of it! And if you are a vegan or vegetarian bat, let us know how we can improve this recipe, cos we are not, so you know much more about this topic than we do!!