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Nuts About Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up and whether it’s your mom, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter or stepmom, treating them to a special meal, baking them a cake or surprising them with a luxurious breakfast in bed will make them feel treasured!

There are so many ways that nuts can make meals and snacks just a bit more special, and nutritious. Here are just a few ideas:

Let’s start with breakfast – Pancakes aren’t complete without a scattering of walnuts or pecans; and almonds and pistachios make muesli and granola extra special. Avocado Toast has become one of those breakfast dishes that is a true healthy indulgence, and we have a wonderful recipe for Avocado Toast with Spicy Nuts that she’ll love for sure!

Morning tea – Take time out and treat Mom to a pot of her favorite tea or coffee and a sweet treat. Scones are a wonderful accompaniment to tea, studded with your favorite tree nuts and dried fruit, and finished with a dollop of whipped cream and jam. Or try our Raspberry Hazelnut Ricotta Cake for an extra special delicacy! 

The ultimate picnic – If you’re planning on a grand dinner to treat your special lady, perhaps a picnic for lunch is in order followed by a long hike or a swim. Some great picnic ideas are pasta or rice salads with roasted nuts to give staying power throughout your activity. Or, perhaps a little more indulgent spinach and pine nut quiche would surprise and delight her. And don’t forget to pack a bag of tree nuts and dried fruit to take on the road to keep hunger at bay.

Cocktails – Don’t dive straight into dinner. Bring her a glass of sparkling wine or a cocktail, and a cheese platter with nuts, or a bowl of seasoned nuts, while you cook her meal – you can find some exciting ideas here.

The Feast – Since you’ll want to spend time with your mom, you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Think of nuts as a way to make an ordinary meal extraordinary.

  • Spread a rack of lamb (or a pork tenderloin) with goat cheese and coat with crushed nuts such as hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil or pine nuts and roast for 20-25 minutes or until cooked as desired, then serve on a bed of fresh minted peas and silky mashed potatoes.
  • Butterfly a chicken breast and spread with a home-made pesto using nuts and herbs of your choice, then roast over baby potatoes. Or even simpler and just as satisfying, is a stir fry with soy, honey and nuts such as almonds, cashews and macadamias, snap peas and red pepper.
  • Roast or grill a fillet of fish, such as salmon or halibut, and serve topped with diced tree nuts browned in a butter, lemon and caper sauce.

Dessert – There’s a myriad of desserts that are made with a delicious array of nuts. Just click on recipes on our website and select desserts. Or if you’re in the mood for sweet and simple, just purchase some sorbet or gelato, and stir in some tree nuts and raspberry puree – refreeze in a tray and serve slices, scattered with toasted sliced almonds and a drizzle of melted chocolate and fresh fruit.

Bon Appetit and Happy Mother’s Day!

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