DIY Macrobiotics & a Recipe: Black Sesame Seed Paste/Sauce

It’s pretty obvious that I really love Souen – I have been there 3 times in the last week (brunch, dinner). Practicing a macrobiotic lifestyle can be difficult at times, but it pays off (I’m not macrobiotic but I strive to incorporate it in my daily life). I know I’ve linked to these things before, but here we go again (just cuz I think they are good resources for macrobiotics)…

Here are some more tips for a DIY Macrobiotic Lifestyle

Tip #1: Don’t stress. Chill out. Do the things that make you happy, not the things that make you sad/angry/depressed/anxious/etc… So many people forget that stress is probably the number one cause of disease. So don’t stress!

Tip #2: Don’t exercise too much. Incorporate movement into your daily routine, but don’t overdo it. I like to get my movement through walking – I aim for about 2 miles a day. Last week I walked to work every day (I think), so that was 2 miles a day. Then yesterday I didn’t really walk at all, and Today I ended up walking about 4 miles because Bobby and I went out to enjoy the lovely weather we’ve been having in New York. Central Park was beautiful today. Anyway, it all balances out.

Tip #3: Keep your meals simple. Souen has very balanced dishes – the Macro Plate, the Planet Platter (different names for the same dish at different locations) – that incorporate squash (kabocha), veggies (broccoli or kale, carrots, diakon, and hijiki seaweed), beans (pinto I think), and rice (brown). The dishes come with a great dressing (lots of healthy fats) – miso tahini. I cannot get enough! So I had to make something similar for myself.

This was my attempt at recreating last week’s brunch for lunch: kabocha, broccoli, and carrots, topped with a black sesame seed sauce. After this shot I packed it into a tupperware to eat at the office.

The sauce is so simple, and so good. I have been having it on everything this week.

Black Sesame Seed Paste/Sauce – Ingredients

  • 3-4 tablespoons black sesame seed powder (probably just ground toasted black sesame seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or other sweetener (maple syrup or brown rice syrup would also be good)
  • splash of soy sauce (<1 teaspoon)
  • water, as needed (for thinning)

Black Sesame Seed Paste/Sauce – Method

Mix the powder, sweetener, and soy sauce. Add water to thin, if needed. Add more powder to thicken, if needed. Adding more agave will make it creamier, which is how I like it.

Hope you enjoyed these macro tips… I’m off to watch more of the Oscars. Go Sandra Bullock! (I loved The Blind Side.)

Who are you rooting for?

4 Replies to “DIY Macrobiotics & a Recipe: Black Sesame Seed Paste/Sauce”

  1. It’s so nice to see you eating so well in NY! What a fun city to explore. What did you think about the steamed daikon in the post below? Was there any seasoning or dressing provided?

  2. I don’t know a lot about Macrobiotic food, but it sounds really interesting. I really want to go to Souen!

  3. I really macrobiotic’s tis! all three are what I try to do and enjoy doing! 🙂
    sesame paste sauce? great idea. I’ll try that.

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