Recipe: Sesame Seaweed Gomashio

Time to lighten up!

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

~ Leo Tolstoy

Lighten up you say?

Yes, friends, it’s time to lighten up (just a little) here at the world IPOM headquarters!

It’s been a really great few months since this little blog began. Actually, let’s get real, it’s been a phenomenally fun few months for this girl – sharing recipes and thoughts on food and life has been a wonderful experience so far, one that has been made rich by all of you!

A moment of gratitude by an old barn - one to remember! Namaste!

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now, I’d love to have you all believe that I am truly pleased with myself at every given moment.

Truly I would!

But that would just not be right, or even close to accurate, now would it?

The real deal is that after a long dreary west coast winter, I’m feeling (just a little) more ‘well fed’ than I’d like.

You know all this cooking inevitably leads to eating – which IS (of course) a good thing – but I know my body well enough to know when it’s time for an ever so slight re-calibration.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Just like a barista whose espresso is running (just a little) too fast, I’ll be tightening up the grind a little to reach that sweet spot that makes the coffee (along with the body and soul) sing.

Of course, the body is most certainly not an espresso machine, or a few grams of coffee beans – but I do like to think it’s a whole lot simpler than that.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

― Aristotle

We'll be there in no time!

You won’t see any dramatic or drastic measures of any kind here, even though that is most certainly in my nature to do (which is precisely the reason I won’t do it).

Instead I’ll be cutting back (just a little) and making small changes that are sustainable. It’s that time of year anyway!

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

~ Leo Tolstoy

So with that, I’ll be posting the same healthy recipes and sharing the same good eats as always.

I’ll be eating (and sharing) a lot more salads. Come the season, fresh fruits will play a much bigger role too. Watermelon will once again become a household staple (it always is in the summer when it’s cheap and sweet).

It’s time to put away the soup pots and the casserole dishes, and bring out the salad graters and dusty popsicle sticks. (It is almost summer after all).

Prepare for the summer spreads..

Today I will start with a simple healthy recipe to top your green salads with.

This recipe with Japanese roots has been a household staple in my family since I was young, and my mom still has it on her dinner table every night. Sprinkle it on everything from salad to brown rice to pasta, and you’ve got protein, minerals, calcium, and loads of flavor easily at hand.

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

The Less:

Less overly salty condiments means less sodium in the diet overall. Less store-bought toasted seeds means more fresh oils that aren’t rancid from lingering on a shelf. Less store-bought anything means more pennies in your wallet, and less waste, packaging, and less than clean karma to boot.

The More:

More seaweed in your diet means more fine minerals in your blood. More sesame means more calcium too. More home toasted seeds means more flavor and freshness, and more healthy condiments on hand make sprucing up meals a breeze.

Sesame Seaweed Gomashio:

  • (1) cup un-toasted sesame seeds (Japanese tradition says use un-hulled, but either is great)
  • (1) small handful of Dulse seaweed (about 1/4-1/3 cup)
  • (1) tsp sea salt, ground fine (optional)

Start by heating a non stick or cast iron pan on medium heat until warm. Add the seeds and stir. Tear the dulse piece into smaller pieces and add to the seeds while they continue to warm up.

Stirring frequently, toast the dulse and seeds together for 5-7 minutes on medium-high heat. They are done when fragrant, turning brown, and the sesame seeds start popping here and there!

Remove from heat and let cool a little. Transfer to a hand blender with a grinding attachment, a food processor, and grind.

Growing up my mom had a hand grinder (one of those old metal ones that attached to the edge of the counter). I remember grinding gomashio on a regular basis as part of our kitchen duties. I always think one day I will get one of those.

Sesame seeds are a vegetarian’s best friend (unless for some reason you are intolerant).

High in calcium and protein, these little nutritious dynamos pack a flavor punch.

Used often in Japanese and Asian foods, they add a wonderful flavor to the simplest of foods.

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”

― Simon and Garfunkel

Sea vegetables also pack a highly beneficial list of nutrients for our bodies that are hard to get.

Loaded with minerals from the sea like iodine, they are naturally salty and especially tasty when toasted.

Added to traditional gomashio, they add a fleck of lovely color and natural salty flavor, so the additional salt is totally optional here.

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

― John Lennon

Gomashio can also be used as a condiment for macrobiotic eating – which is a wonderfully gentle way of approaching food and one I often gravitate towards when I feel the need to fine tune.

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This tasty add on to your meals compliments with amazing flavor and texture on a basic green salad, a steamed veggie bowl, or just plain cooked rice or quinoa.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Can't wait for these summer sunsets (under a full moon no less)

So with that dear friends, I’m looking forward to getting on with getting on!

With so many fresh local foods to look forward to here in this part of the world, it couldn’t be a better time.

  • Are you making any adjustments to your routine in prep for summer?
  • How do you re-calibrate?

I’d love to hear how you are celebrating (and preparing for) the oncoming season.

I’m off for a few days traveling for work – I’ll be blog stalking from the road but my comments may be (just a little) sparse – rest assured I’ll be back in just a few days though!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend – thanks (as always) for stopping by!

Yours in Less,


Filed under Cooking, Food, Gluten Free, Health, Photography, Recipes, Rich & Simple, Salads, Savory, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

39 responses to “Recipe: Sesame Seaweed Gomashio

  1. Hmmm…summer…nice pictures!

  2. Oh man, hand over those greens!! The whole thing, though: gorgeous! Scrump-dilly-itious!

  3. I love your posts. The photos are great, the content is great; thanks for sharing!

  4. This looks great. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying it so much – I’ve certainly enjoyed your blogging, Shira.

  5. I know the winter curse all too well, eating too much! Fortunately this year, I wasn’t hit too hard. I am extremely excited for the summer fruits!

  6. Oh my Shira, this is actually perfect. I have a huuuuge bag of dulse in my cupboard and was desperately searching for ways to use it- you rock 🙂 This looks perfect- I love salty condiments but always feel a little guilty using them. Now no need!

    I hear you on lightening up for sure- part of the reason I’m doing my cleanse! I was feeling very weighted down for a while there! Eating more salads an fresh raw fruits and veggies are definitely in my future too 🙂

    Gorgeous full moon photo! Have fun travelling (even though it’s for work ;))

    • Hey – that’s awesome! What kind of good timing is THAT?! 😉
      Glad to hear you are doing well (and feeling better) – it’s just that little extra sometimes to ‘clean up’, it’s so necessary and so worth it, hey?!
      Thanks my friend! That was a super special full moon from last summer – still makes my heart pitter patter 🙂 Have a great start to the week! xo!

  7. Hey Van-Gal – another awesome post. 😉 I’m going to try something new, tho’ – I’m going to list what particularly resonates and see how that works for us!
    1. I love, love love that Ghandi quote. It is one of my favourites
    2. Thought the first pic by the barn was gorgie!
    3. I had never heard of Gomashio until this post. What an amazing idea – I am definitely adding this one to the repertoire. I love the fact that your Mum has it on her dinner table and that you grew up with it.
    4. We are getting OUT our casserole dishes down here – suddenly getting cooler.

    Happy travels! 🙂

    • Ah – love this J! Your notes are great! Funny that our seasons are total opposites – one of the beauties of this blog thing!
      The barn shot is me and a bestie on a weekend yoga getaway (last year) – we got some super fun shots, and wish we could get away soon (not happening this year!) Hope you are doing well and I *hope* you like this – it’s a super tasty way to make a salad extra satisfying!
      Chat soon! xo!

      • Hey S – Great girlfriends are to be treasured always! Just as we are coming down from our o/s visitors, we are now unexpectedly tootling off to NZ for a few days later in the week (LM has business and knows he can’t go to Auckland without me!). Yay for me – I get to catch up with all my old mates.

        All good here – really looking forward to this wee number of yours. You inspire me! 🙂

      • Of course he can’t! What fun! Couldn’t agree more that GF’s are precious – enjoy the time with them!
        Keep me posted on how you make out with this, and enjoy your little trip – (spontanious trips are just the best!)! xo!

  8. Gorgeous photos gal!!! And that condiment recipe sounds so appetising…loving all things sesame at the moment

  9. Hi Shira! I love love love seaweed – I buy roasted (seasoned) seaweed in multiples from Trader Joes. All of your quotes – George Bernard Shaw’s, the ones by Tolstoy – are wonderful. Great to read over and over again. Quotes are just so succinct! I need to go on a yoga retreat – and fast 🙂 What could be better – travel and yoga? And maybe a cocktail on the beach to end it all! Safe travels!

    • Hey Marina – happy Sunday! We have lots of those yummy packages too – believe it or not the kids love them! I am so glad you appreciate the quotes, they really help me pause and remember to temper my perspective *very helpful*!
      The yoga retreat was memorable…wonderful time with friends and an even better re-charge! Actually lots of funny stories as you learn a LOT about yourself on those occasions…cocktails for sure! I’ll be back to blogging Wednesday and hope to catch all my favorite blogger’s posts from the road! xo! 🙂

  10. Yesterday it was hot and sunny, today it is cold and foggy — it’s still spring, chiefly unpredictable. Yesterday I would have eaten salads, today I baked bread and roasted root vegetables for soup to take away the chill (in addition to making seasonal shortcake).

    • Fascinating how weather will affect our desires and what to eat – especially with such drastic changes! Loved your post today 🙂 Reminded me of being little – I bet your roasted veg soup was yummy too 🙂

  11. Yay! I am so ready for salad season. :). And summer fruit! I look forward to another season of inspiration from you.

    • Thanks Emmy – likewise! Especially since we are in the same time zones and climates, I am looking forward to sharing in all the wonder that is around the corner with you too! xo!

  12. Oh, such beautiful photos. I have dulse and sesame and sea salt in my cabinet right now. No reason not to make it immediately. Thank you, as always, for a beautiful, less-is-more idea for the table.

  13. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been trying to add more seaweed to my diet – but not something that I can cook with intuitively yet, so I’ve been on the hunt for more seaweed recipes 🙂

  14. Summer is my favorite time of year. I live in NYC now but I’m originally from Southampton (a beach town!) There’s nothing better than putting on my flip flops, a cute summer dress, & reading on the beach

    Can’t wait : )


  15. This is my first visit (of what’s sure to be many) to your blog, and I love it! It is truly uplifting- I love all the quotes and I love that I’m not the only one who feels the need to “tighten the grind” after this west coast winter! This recipe sounds great (especially for the increase in salads we will be having in our home). Thank you so much!

  16. Looks delicious. Your posts are always so beautifully presented.

  17. I should copy-paste my comments for your posts! So beautifully written – each and every time!

  18. Amanda

    I love the creativity and dedication you out into your blog. It looks so personal, so scrapbook like and colorful! How do you do it!? I’m an ametur bloggers, trying some new recipes to share with family, friends and a new blogging community. Let me know what you think, thanks!!!

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  20. Sesame Seeds + GiGi = One Happy Duo! 😛

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