Savory Tahini Sauce & Avocado Dip

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Savory Tahini Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup tahini (this is sesame seed butter; find it in the ethnic foods aisle)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice (preferably fresh-squeezed: it will taste *much* better)
2 Tbsp natural soy sauce (e.g. shoyu or tamari)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
pinch of cayenne (to your taste)

Directions

Whisk the tahini and water together in a large bowl (it may appear separate but just keep whisking)
Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until it’s all combined
Add salt and pepper to taste
Enjoy!
The tahini sauce tastes great atop sautéed greens!

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Zesty Avocado Dip

Ingredients

1 large peeled, pitted avocado (ripe ones are very dark in color and slightly soft when squeezed)
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1 diced tomato (until July, try hot house or grape varieties)
dash or two of cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
sea salt and black pepper

Directions

Mash the avocado with a fork until it is smooth
Add the yogurt, tomato, and spices
Blend in a food processor until smooth (or you can blend with a fork instead of using a food processor)
Add salt and pepper to taste
Serve chilled

This dip goes great with cucumber slices or carrot sticks!

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