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California Walnut “Chorizo” Burrito

Description

Flour tortilla burrito with “chorizo” walnut meat, cilantro lime rice, Mexican cheese blend, pico de gallo, avocado and shredded lettuce finished with cilantro cream and tomatillo salsa.

Ingredients

For “Chorizo” Meat

  • 2 1/2 cups California walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder, ground
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, ground
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander, ground

For Burritos

  • 4 – 12 inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups California Walnut Chorizo Meat, divided
  • 1 cup cilantro lime rice, divided
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1 cup pico de gallo divided
  • 2 avocados, sliced and divided
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup cilantro lime crema
  • 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa

Instructions

To Prepare the Chorizo

  1. To prepare the “chorizo” crumble, place walnuts and beans in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons oil and remaining ingredients to food processor and pulse again until mixture is finely chopped and resembles ground meat, stirring several times and moving the mixture from the bottom of the food processor bowl to the top to evenly mix.
  3. Heat remaining oil in a very large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add “chorizo” mixture to skillet and cook for 10 minutes or until mixture is nicely browned and resembles ground meat, stirring frequently.

To Assemble the Burritos

  1. Heat tortillas.
  2. Fill each tortilla with 1/2 cup of Walnut Chorizo, 1/4 cup cilantro lime rice, 2 tablespoons Mexican cheese blend, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup romaine lettuce and 2 tablespoons cilantro lime crema.
  3. Roll up and pan fry in a dry pan to toast burrito and heat through.
  4. Serve each with 2 tablespoons of tomatillo salsa.

Walnut Mexican Street Corn Tacos

Description

Expect a touch of smoky flavor in these vegetarian tacos, courtesy of the fire roasted corn and chipotle adobo sauce. That boldness in flavor is contrasted with creamy cotija cheese and sour cream, and brightness from fresh lime and cilantro. The “meat” is made with a hearty combination of walnuts and chopped mushrooms. For a twist on the recipe, serve the taco filling over a rice base instead of in tortillas.

Ingredients

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream

California Walnut Taco “Meat”

  • 1 1/2 cups raw shelled walnuts
  • 2 cups roughly chopped white button mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking

Tacos

  • 12 small flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup drained fire roasted corn
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges

Instructions

  1. Stir together chipotle adobo sauce and sour cream in a small bowl. Refrigerate until serving.
  2. Combine walnuts, mushrooms, cumin, chili powder, garlic, soy sauce and lime juice in a food processor. Pulse to break up walnuts and mushrooms into small crumbles.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet. Add walnut mixture and cook, stirring occasionally for 7-8 minutes, until mushrooms are tender.
  4. Spoon walnut taco meat over tortillas topped with roasted corn, cotija, chipotle sauce, cilantro, and lime wedges

Mediterranean Carrot Soup with Raisin Nut Agrodolce

Description

Nuts add a silky texture so you don’t need to add anything else for a luscious creamy soup. 

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • ½ ground coriander
  • ½ cup dense nuts such as hazelnut, macadamia, Brazil or a mixture
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, to serve

Raisin, Nut and Cumin Agrodolce

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 4 tablespoons nuts – pistachios, pine nuts and walnuts work great with these flavors

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, add fennel seeds and toast for 1 minute.  Add olive oil, garlic and spices and cook 1 minute, until aromatic.  Add nuts and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring until nuts are aromatic but not browned.  Add carrot and stock and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes or until carrots are soft but haven’t lost their color.  Cool slightly, then place carrots in blender with half the liquid. Puree, adding remainder of liquid as you puree until desired consistency.  If still too thick, add some more stock, wine, or for a creamy version, milk. 
  3. Season to taste and return to heat.
  4. To make Agrodolce, toast cumin seeds in a dry pan on medium heat until aromatic, about 1 minute.  Add honey, stir to just melt, then stir in lemon, golden raisins and nuts. Remove from heat.
  5. Spoon soup into bowls, top with a swirl of yogurt followed by Agrodolce.

Vegetable, Rice and Nut Burgers with Tomato Salsa

Description

A nutty alternative to the typical burger!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8 ounces mixed mushrooms, shiitake, cremini, portobello, diced (shiitake will add the depth of umami)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped sage leaves
  • ½ cup grated carrot or butternut squash
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup finely chopped nuts of choice
  • 2 cups cooked rice (brown, black forbidden, short grain)
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup mixed nuts, processed to a fine powder (or buy nut meal such as almond or hazelnut)

Tomato Salsa

  • 2 ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, diced macadamias and/or walnuts

Instructions

  1. Combine salsa ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat half the olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the shallot, mustard and cumin seeds and sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and sage and sauté until soft and browned, 4-5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, squeeze off any excess moisture.
  3. Place the sautéed shallot, mushrooms, nuts, rice, and ½ of the panko in a food processor. Pulse until just combined, but still coarse.  Add carrot, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and pulse just to mix in. Season to taste.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the ¼ cup more panko. Test to see if mixture holds together to form burgers.  If too wet, add more panko.
  5. Combine remaining panko with nut meal.  Shape mixture into 4 burgers and roll in crumb. Place them on a large plate, cover and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
  6. Heat a non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Coat the bottom of the skillet with remaining oil and cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes each side, or until golden brown and crisp.
  7. While burgers are cooking, grill or toast cut sides of brioche, spread with Dijon and place lettuce on base. Top with a burger and a dollop of yogurt.  Spoon a mound of tomato salsa on top, add the top bun and serve right away.

Mixed Nuts, Zucchini and Ricotta Pizza

Ingredients

Pistachio Pesto

  • ½ cup pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon

Pizza

  • 1 ball pizza dough (store bought or homemade—many pizza restaurants will also sell you a ball of pizza dough)
  • 1 zucchini, finely sliced (or finely sliced Brussel Sprout)
  • 3-4 leaves basil, sliced
  • ½ cup fresh ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pine nuts, diced walnuts and pistachios
  • 1 handful arugula
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475-500°F.
  2. To make the pesto, place the nuts, parmesan and olive oil in a blender and pulse on and off to a coarse paste.  Add half the lemon juice and zest and pulse for a few seconds. Season to taste with salt.
  3. Stretch the dough to desired size for your pizza pan or stone.  Spread with pistachio pesto and arrange zucchini slices over top.  Bake for 5 minutes or until dough is starting to color. 
  4. Remove from oven. Mix ricotta with remaining lemon zest and spoon small dollops over pizza, top with basil and return to the oven.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden (check the bottom).
  5. While still piping hot, scatter with currants, pine nuts, walnuts and a handful of arugula.  Drizzle remaining lemon juice and a little olive oil and fresh pepper on top and/or optional Pizza Sauce Topping.

Optional Pizza Sauce Topping:

  • 1 Thai Chili
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4 tablespoons honey

Directions: Mix ingredients and heat to just a simmer (do not boil). Drizzle on top of pizza and enjoy.

Nut Butter

Description

You won’t go back to store bought nut butter after making your own. It’s easy to do, tastes so much fresher, you can use any nut or even a blend, and, most importantly, you know exactly what’s going in it.  All you need is a food processor or high-speed blender. Each nut behaves differently because of texture and oil content, and different processors will take different times, so it’s really a matter of experimentation. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of tree nuts (choose your favorite)

Instructions

  1. Roast 1 cup of nuts (you can use raw nuts, but the flavors and ability to make butter are greatly enhanced after roasting) in a 350°F oven for 8-12 minutes. The denser nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and macadamias, take a bit longer than walnuts, pecans and pistachios.  Check after 8 minutes – they should be just browning and aromatic.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Hazelnuts can be bitter if you keep on the skin, so place the nuts in a dish towel and rub off most of the skin before processing.
  2. Processing the nuts – add nuts to food processor and pulse on and off – first to crumbs, then continue to process until a paste starts to form. Scrape down sides, then continue to process until desired consistency–this may take 10-12 minutes, sometimes up to 20 minutes in less powerful processors.  If it’s not looking like a paste is forming, add a few drops of a nut or olive oil to help the process. 
  3. Flavor (or not) – you may just like to eat your nut butter pure and natural, or make your own designer butter adding ingredients such as honey, maple syrup, soy, chili, nutmeg, chocolate (think Nutella), truffle oil, or stir in jam or jelly to make a swirl.

Tips

Storage – It’s best to store the nut butter in a sealed jar in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to a month.

Variations

  • Almond butter – Spread on warm bruschetta and top with sautéed mushrooms and sage.  Finish with a squeeze of lemon and pepper – wonderful with chanterelles if they’re in season.
  • Walnut butter – Spread on crackers then top with brie cheese and a fruit paste such as quince or fig.
  • Hazelnut butter – Add to a toasted tomato and cheese sandwich with some fresh basil leaves or arugula, and a drizzle of good olive oil to complete the experience.
  • Pecan butter – Delicious when spread on grain toast with honey and a sliced banana.
  • Pistachio butter – Spread on pizza crust before topping with vegetables or mortadella and mozzarella.
  • Cashew butter – Perfect for Asian inspired dishes, whisk with soy sauce and lime juice and toss though noodles just before serving.
  • Brazil nut butter – Avocado Toast spread with brazil nut butter adds a unique depth, and is especially great with a garnish of cherry tomatoes, mint and ricotta.
  • Macadamia Butter – Just like real butter, this makes the base to a wonderful healthy shortbread. Or, spread on hot scones with jam for a decadent treat.

California Walnut Meatloaf

Description

This vegetarian walnut-based mixture has a classic “meatloaf” flavor. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ketchup, divided
  • 2 cups California Walnuts
  • 1 cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional additions: 2/3 cup each: diced red onion, coarsely shredded zucchini and snipped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and set aside 1/2 cup ketchup.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients except optional additions in a food processor. Pulse to mix well, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  3. Mix in any desired optional additions.
  4. Shape into 6 round individual meatloaves and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Drizzle with reserved ketchup. Bake for 35 minutes until firm.
  5. Recipe tip: Substitute ketchup with a thick sauce and serve over soft polenta for a more Italian flavor.

Heavenly Bowl

Description

Place a serving of the rice (hot, warm or cooled) in a bowl, then top with a bit of the Heavenly Sauce, followed by the other ingredients listed and ending with the salsa. Add another dollop of the Heavenly Sauce, and bon appétit!

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe of Heavenly Jasmine Rice (below)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Heavenly Sauce (below)
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 2 to 3 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • About 3/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup black beans, canned or fresh-cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa

Jasmine Rice Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Heavenly Sauce Makes 2-1/2 cups

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted and skinned Oregon hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup canned and drained garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup cooked and drained soybeans*
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast*
  • 1 tablespoon Ponzu sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ascorbic acid (optional, for “zing”—available in the health food section of most supermarkets)*

* Found in local natural foods store.

Instructions

Jasmine Rice

  1. In medium-sized heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, sauté the onion in the butter until the onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the rice and sauté to evenly coat the grains.
  3. Add the water and salt, increase the temperature to medium-high and bring the water to a boil, stirring occasionally with a flat-bottomed utensil so the rice won’t scorch.
  4. Once the water has boiled, reduce the temperature to low, cover, and cook the rice at a very slow simmer for 20 minutes without uncovering the pot.
  5. After 20 minutes, check the rice. If all the water has been absorbed, the rice is done. Gently fluff it with a fork. If not serving immediately, place a paper towel over the top of the pot and put the lid back on to keep the rice hot (the paper towel absorbs condensation that would otherwise drip back down on the rice and make it soggy).

Heavenly Sauce

  1. In a blender, combine the oil, hazelnuts, garbanzo beans, soybeans and garlic. Pulse several times, stopping to scrape down the sides to ensure everything is fully blended.
  2. Once the mixture is a rough purée, add the water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, Ponzu sauce (or soy sauce), salt, basil, cumin, and ascorbic acid.
  3. Continue blending until the mixture is relatively smooth (it will remain grainy because of the nuts). Scrape it into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Harissa-Spiced Lamb with Glazed Eggplant and Pistachio Raita

Ingredients

Harissa-Spiced Lamb Chops

  • 8 lamb chops
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons Harissa spice mix 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1⁄2 cup Grapeseed oil, as needed
  • 1 cup pistachios, crushed

Pistachio Romesco

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 Piquillo peppers (canned)
  • 1⁄4 cup sourdough croutons
  • 1⁄2 cup pistachios, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Glazed Eggplant

  • 2 Japanese eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 2 tablespoons honey
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Salt and pepper

Pistachio Raita

  • 1 cup thick Greek yogurt
  • 1⁄2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, germ removed and finely grated 1⁄2 lemon, zested
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, as needed

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Combine the Harissa spice mix and herbs with the grapeseed oil and blend using a hand blender until it forms a paste. Pour over the lamb and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  2. Slice the eggplant into 1-inch slices.
  3. Crush the pistachios using a pot until they are finely chopped. Reserve.
  4. Over an open flame, blacken the skin of the red bell pepper. Transfer the pepper to a bowl and cover it with plastic, steam at room temperature for 10 minutes. Peel the black skin from the red pepper and trim away the seeds.
  5. Thinly slice the red onion, Piquillo peppers, 2 cloves of garlic and combine in a bowl. Roughly dice the tomatoes and combine in the same bowl. Reserve.
  6. Peel, seed and grate the cucumber. Toss it with 1 teaspoon of salt and rest at room temperature for 10 minutes to extract the liquid. Squeeze dry the grated cucumber and transfer to a small bowl.
  7. Mix the Pistachio Raita, then combine all ingredients in the bowl with the grated cucumber, season with salt, lemon zest and pepper to taste. Mix in the crushed pistachios and chopped mint.

Instructions

  1. For the Pistachio Romesco: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the onion, tomatoes, garlic, and Piquillo peppers. Sauté until the onions are tender and the liquid has evaporated; about 4 minutes. Transfer peppers and cooked vegetables to a blender with the croutons, pistachios, and vinegar. Blend until smooth and while running, pour in the remaining olive oil until emulsified. Season, to taste, with paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. For the Glazed Eggplant: Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add eggplant in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches) and sear until golden brown on both sides. Reduce heat to medium and deglaze using the sherry vinegar and honey. Bring to a simmer until reduced to a glaze.
  3. For the Lamb Chops: When ready to serve, preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Season the marinated lamb with salt and pepper and then grill the lamb until it is cooked to your desired temperature (about 5 minutes for medium rare). Remove from the grill and let rest for a few minutes. Brush some Romesco Sauce on each side of each chop and dip them in the reserved crushed pistachios to coat them.

Assembly

  1. Spoon some Romesco sauce onto each plate and drag a spoon across it to make a well.
  2. Place 4 slices of glazed eggplant over the sauce and sprinkle some toasted pistachios on top.
  3. Divide the lamb chops between the plates and serve the Raita on the side.

Toasted Coconut N’ Almond Butter Spread

Description

Spread your love of almonds with this finger-licking, sweet and buttery treat! You’ll find excuses to put this spread on everything and anything. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups roasted, unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Pour almonds into a food processor or blender and pulse until they are finely ground.
  2. Add honey and coconut flakes to almonds; pulse again until the almond mixture becomes thick and smooth. If needed, add coconut oil for a smoother consistency. Store covered in the refrigerator.