Best use of almonds?
- content Feb 14, 2005 09:28 PM
My dad just found out he has to work on lowering his cholesterol (and raising his HDL levels), so we went a little wild buying nuts (I bought 2 lbs sliced almonds, and my dad picked up 3 lbs of raw whole almonds).
Any suggestions on how we (dad and the rest of the household) can enjoy these nuts other than by the handful?
I'm also interested in a good almond recipe that I can make to give away to friends without heart issues since we have so many nuts now.
I take a serving of roasted almonds (between 22 - 28 depending on the size) and roughly chop them and toss them on baby spinach with some deli turkey and dried cranberries. I alternate dressing: sometimes a maple/dijon dressing, sometimes a tahini dressing (more seeds!!), sometimes a balsamic dressing. It's super simple and fantastic. I eat it very frequently for a quick lunch.
I also really enjoy almonds with dried fruit as a snack.
Fry them in a neutral oil until they just begin to take on some color. Lightly salt and enjoy while warm. Also make almond butter in your food processor or blender. Use just like peanut butter
(1) THAI SPICED ALMONDS
Blend water, soy sauce, and a little oil (any diet acceptable oil-or try a little sesame oil for added flavor). Add generous amount of Thai Seasoning blend (The Spice Hunter has one). Add almonds and "marinate" a while. Spread on cookie sheet (on parchment paper for easy cleanup). Sprinkle on lots more Thai Spice blend and roast in oven. Cool. Store in sealed container for months.
(These are good crushed and used on salmon, too)
Blend includes: sesame seeds, chile pepper, coriander, onion, red pepper, shrimp, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon oil See link below.
(2) QUICK SWEET ALMONDS
Blend whole raw almonds with a little honey and eat. Add a little cinnamon if you like it. The texture of the chewy and the sweetness satisfies a sweet tooth with a few bites. (It's a simple version of baklava without the butter and filo - and it's instant, no-bake). You can mix up more than a serving and it will keep without refrigeration in a sealed container. The chemicals in the almonds are calming and the honey is energizing. A good combo before a work out, too.
My heart-healthy use is to put 8-10 in a small sandwich bag, attack with a hammer, and dump over my breakfast bowl of kashi-go-lean or kashi-crunch. The I store the smashing bag, in the bag of almonds, in the fridge. Also add a few raisins for iron.
Very good, very simple granola. Talk about heart healthy.
Originally the recipe called for 4 1/2 cups rolled oats and 1 cup almonds, but I like to replace 1/2-1 cup with wheat bran or wheat germ.
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat honey, syrup, and oil in saucepan until just warm. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add liquid and stir to combine. Spread on half sheet pan or two. Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every five minutes. Remove and cool. It will crisp upon standing.