Healthy Recipe: Sesame Squash

By Laura Brooks on 02/12/2009
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Sesame SeedsSesame seeds have been used in cooking for over 5,000 years, and it is still used extensively in all kinds of healthy recipes. The seeds themselves come in many sizes and colors as shown (photo right from seasamegrowers.org). Sesame seeds are not only a very good source of many nutrients, they also contain sesamin and sesamolin. Both of special beneficial fibers (called lignans) have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, prevent high blood pressure, and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage. They're a small, tasty and potent healthy eating food! 

1 1/4 lbs yellow crook neck squash or zucchini, sliced thin (1/8" to 1/4")
1/4 to 1/2 cup sesame oil
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sesame seed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp Lemon Pepper (or less according to taste)
Cavenders Greek Seasoning to taste (Optional but good!)

Heat sesame oil in skillet over medium heat. Combine flour, sesame seed, lemon pepper, and Cavender's Greek Seasoning in plastic bag. Shake vigorously to mix. Combine egg, milk, salt and pepper; mix well. Place a few slices of squash at a time in egg/milk mixture then place in flour mixture and coat well. Fry in hot oil until both sides are nicely brown. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with more sesame seed.

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