Did you know that you could pack a major nutritional punch just by adding a few nuts to the dishes you serve your loved ones?
It took Mother Connie a long time to learn this simple, low cost tidbit. Nuts are not cheap to purchase but you don’t need lots of nuts to get lots of nutrition. For example, a couple of walnuts, minced finely, and scattered into a salad will add texture, flavor and scads of nutrients. Nuts are rich with protein and fiber and good oil. Pecans, almonds, peanuts…various varieties liven up any food!
Another thing to consider is toasting nuts before using them. This was a foreign concept to me, indicative of how we learn how to prepare food the way our mothers did...my mother never toasted anything but bread!
Here’s how easy it is to toast a small batch-say, the amount you’d use for a potful of oatmeal or a batch of muffins:
Place shelled nuts into a small, dry frypan over medium heat. Use whole pieces and chop the nuts after toasting. Shake the pan gently to keep the nuts moving. If they stay put they could scorch. When you begin to smell the fragrant, nutty aroma, they are toasted. Allow them to cool by removing the pan from the burner, pour the nuts onto your cutting board and chop them to the size that suits you.
These pieces will add glorious richness to cereals, salads, soups, stews, muffins. And they will jazz up any vegetable side dish. Is there anything nicer than green beans with toasted almonds? I think not!
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