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Oven Roasted Veggies with Mixed Nut Crumble

Description

An easy and healthy side dish with lots of variations.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, white parts only
  • 1 cup quartered mushrooms
  • 2 small zucchini cut into ½ inch slices
  • ½ cup sliced basil, separated
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, quartered lengthways (or a small tub cherry tomatoes, halved)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Crumble

  • 1 cup roughly chopped nuts of choice – hazelnut, walnut, almond, pecan, pistachio, Brazil, pine nuts, macadamia and cashew
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly oil or line an ovenproof dish.
  2. Combine nuts, half the basil and parmesan cheese and set aside.
  3. Slice fennel in half lengthwise, remove the core and slice into 6-8 wedges.
  4. Place in a large sieve with the mushrooms and zucchini and the remaining basil.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over vegetables and rub all over so they are fully coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Add tomatoes and lemon.
  7. Place in ovenproof dish and bake for 25 minutes, then scatter crumble over top.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes further or until vegetables are tender and crumble is golden.

Alternative roasted vegetable and nut pairing suggestions:

  • Eggplant – walnuts and macadamias
  • Winter squash – pecans and pine nuts
  • Brussel sprouts – cashews and hazelnuts
  • Peppers and potato – almonds and pistachios

Flavored Nuts

Description

This is your chance to create your own nut delight, whether sweet, salty, bitter, sour or umami.  These nuts can be used just to nibble on their own, or as added flavor in a dish.  For example, pepper dusted cashews over a salad in place of pepper, honey cinnamon macadamias over cereal rather than sugar, or soy almonds in stir fry. There are many methods for flavoring nuts – here are a few ideas.

Roasted Nuts

There are a few different ways to add seasoning to nuts in the oven:

  1. Toss 1 cup of nuts in a teaspoon of oil, then dust with spices of choice – chili, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg, all spice, Chinese 5 Spice, mustard powder or any other powdered herb.  Lay on a lined baking tray and roast for 15-20 minutes at 350°F until golden brown.
  2. Place nuts in a casserole dish, drizzle with olive (or preferred nut oil), and scatter fresh sprigs of herbs over top – rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, bay leaves.  Even a few thin slices of lemon or orange zest work well.  Toss to combine.  Place in 350°F oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes, tossing once or twice during cooking, until nuts are golden brown and aromatic. Cool and place in sealed jars with the seasonings and zest so flavors can develop.

Sauteed Nuts

This method provides more of a rich coating for nuts and is best used straight away or within a week. These are great on cheese platters and in rice, pasta and stir fries.

  1. Melt a mixture of 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauté pan. 
  2. When melted, add a teaspoon of powdered seasoning such as in the roasted nuts, and stir until well blended.
  3. Add a cup of nuts of choice and stir to coat.  Cook over medium low heat, tossing pan constantly, until nuts are golden brown.  Pour into a strainer and allow to cool. 

Caramelized Nuts

Stove Top Version

  1. Place 1 cup of nuts, ¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat, and cook, stirring for 5 minutes (seasonings such as cinnamon and nutmeg can be added while stirring).
  2. Pour onto parchment paper and allow to cool, then break apart with hands. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

Oven then Stovetop Version

  1. Toast the nuts in the oven first. Next, make a traditional caramel in a saucepan with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon butter and toss in the nuts when ready.  Try using a bit of Grand Marnier or other liqueur in the caramel and then pour onto parchment paper to cool.

Sweet Dusted Nuts

Whether it’s cocoa, mint powder, cinnamon or vanilla, making sweetened nuts is simple, and a great alternative to chocolate and candy. Sweet dusted nuts are great chopped and sprinkled on oatmeal, yogurt or ice cream.

  1. Toss nuts in whisked egg white, just enough to coat, then add powdered spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice or ginger and a sprinkle of sugar. 
  2. Toss well then transfer to a lined baking sheet and bake on a low heat, 250°F, for 30-40 minutes or until golden and the mixture is caramelized on the nuts.

For cocoa or mint dusted:

  1. Soften ¼ cup honey until runny. Add a few drops of vanilla if desired then add 1 cup roasted nuts and toss to coat well. Strain off excess liquid. 
  2. Place cocoa in bowl, add nuts and toss to coat all nuts. The best way to do this is to lift and shake the bowl. Spread on a lined tray to dry. 
  3. For mint dusted, combine ¼ cup each: powdered sugar and corn starch. Add a few drops of peppermint essence.
  4. Add nuts to coat and proceed as above.

Avocado Toast with Spicy Nuts

Description

Tree nuts add a crunchy twist to this Avocado Toast.

Ingredients

Spicy Nuts

  • ¼ cup mixed nuts, roughly chopped (almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamias, walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons spicy seasoning of preference. such as Cajun, Sriracha or tabasco

Avocado Toast

  • 2 thick slices grain or Sourdough bread 
  • 2 tablespoons Ricotta cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup arugula
  • 2 poached eggs, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Toss nuts with butter then chili seasoning to taste.  Lay on a baking tray and roast for 6-8 minutes or until aromatic and starting to brown.  Allow to cool.
  2. Toast bread and spread with ricotta cheese.  Lay slices of avocado over cheese, then sprinkle with lemon and season.  Place on a small mound of arugula then scatter spicy nuts over top. 
  3. If desired add a poached egg.

 

 

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.

Apple Honey Walnut Cake

Description

This cake is filled with diced apples, honey, and California walnuts for that extra crunch. It’s topped with a sweet glaze that just takes this easy to make cake over the top.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced small
  • 1 cup roughly chopped California walnuts

Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water (or milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup chopped California walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and heavily coat a 10-cup Bundt pan with baking spray.
  2. Stir together 2 cups flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl; whisk lightly to combine.
  3. Place honey, applesauce, oil and orange juice in a mixer bowl and beat with the whisk attachment to combine. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Slowly add flour mixture and beat for 2 minutes to make a smooth batter.
  5. Toss the chopped apple and walnuts with the remaining tablespoon of flour and pour into batter. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake for 10 minutes, then invert onto a parchment coated wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Prepare glaze just before serving. Whisk together sugar, water or milk and honey in a medium bowl. Stir in chopped nuts and drizzle over cake.

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.

Cold Brew Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl

Description

Do you love that cup of coffee first thing in the morning? We do too, so we found a way to add hazelnuts to our favorite beverage. This cold brew smoothie bowl brings so many kinds of happiness together–hazelnuts, cold brew coffee, chocolate, honey and bananas. Great for breakfast, great for any time of day.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup ​Oregon hazelnuts
  • 1 banana, frozen and cut into chunks
  • 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cold brew coffee or strong brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. On a medium baking sheet scatter hazelnuts. Place in the oven and bake until fragrant and the skins are blistered, 12-15 minutes. Let cool completely, then roughly chop.
  3. In a blender combine half the hazelnuts, banana, cold brew or coffee, honey or maple syrup, ice cubes, and espresso powder. Blend until smooth and pour into a bowl.
  4. Top with banana, cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, and remaining hazelnuts.

Belgian Endive Salad with Avocado, Piave and Pistachio Aillade

Ingredients

Pistachio Aillade

  • 1 each garlic clove, grated with a Microplane®
  • ½ cup pistachios, whole
  • 1 each anchovy, made into paste
  • ½ cup pistachio oil
  • ¼ each lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Belgian Endive Salad

  • 8 heads white Belgian endive
  • Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
  • ½ lemon

Assembly

  • 3 each Hass avocados, small
  • Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • Maldon sea salt, as needed

Instructions

Pistachio Aillade
In a mortar add pistachios. Pound and grind nuts until fine. Add anchovy, garlic, pistachio oil, lemon zest, tarragon and salt. Mix thoroughly until everything is combined.

Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, Champagne vinegar, shallots, mustard and salt and a few turns of pepper. Add the extra virgin olive oil, whisking constantly.

Belgian Endive Salad
Cut off ends of the Belgian endives and peel off the leaves. Save half of the leaves whole and cut the remaining half of leaves in half. Place all the endive in a bowl. In the bowl with the Belgian endive, dress with the Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette, a squeeze of lemon juice and kosher salt.

ASSEMBLY

Cut all the avocados in half and take out the pits. Cut the avocados in half to make quarters. Peel off the skin. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.

  • Pistachio Aillade
  • Avocado quarters
  • 1 chunk of Piave cheese
  • Belgian Endive Salad
  • ½ cup pistachios, whole
  • 2 ½ tablespoons pistachios, roughly chopped
  1. On the center of each plate, smear 1 ounce of Pistachio Aillade into a circle. Place 1 quarter of avocado in the center.
  2. Grate Piave with a ribbon cheese grater to cover. Pile endive on top, garnish with whole pistachios, and top with 1 quarter of avocado.
  3. Repeat this for one more layer. Finish the salad with a heavy grating of Piave cheese and top with roughly chopped pistachios.

Pistachio Cucumber Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 3⁄4 ounce Pistachio cordial*
  • 3⁄4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 slices fresh cucumber
  • 4 leaves fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Muddle (gently mash) cucumber then add other ingredients in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add ice and shake well for 20 seconds
  3. Strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned glass
  4. Garnish with cucumber, mint and a couple of pistachios.

Pistachio Cordial – Instructions (Makes 8 ounces)

  1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a pan. Bring to a low simmer and stir for a few minutes until sugar has fully dissolved.
  2. In a blender place 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted pistachios and add the sugar water
  3. Optional – add 1 drop of rosewater
  4. Blend for 30 seconds and allow to sit for 2 minutes
  5. Strain out solids and collect cordial
  6. Keep refrigerated until ready to use

Pistachio Rim

  1. Put half a cup of dry, raw pistachios in a blender or spice grinder and grind finely.
  2. Be careful not to overgrind as any moisture will turn the ground pistachios into a paste.
  3. Pour your ground pistachios onto a small plate or bowl.
  4. Moisten the outside rim of your glass with a cut wedge of lemon or by using some sugar water.
  5. Then dip the glass upside down into the powdered pistachios so that they stick well onto the rim of the glass.
  6. Give the glass a gentle tap before turning the right way up, then fill with ice ready to receive the cocktail.

Four-Hearts Green Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 romaine lettuce hearts
  • 1 tablespoon honey or grape molasses
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup raw pistachios kernels
  • ¼ cup raw hazelnuts

Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash the lettuce. Pat dry and keep cool. In a nonstick skillet, heat the honey. Add the nuts, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula until lightly caramelized. Set aside.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, whisk the mustard and vinegar in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the olive and pistachio oils while whisking until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper and adjust seasoning to taste. Just before serving, toss the lettuce, nuts and vinaigrette. Serve in the center of individual plates.