Nuts are one of the best foods you can nosh on because they're full of healthy fats, contain protein and fiber to fill you up, are cholesterol-free, and they're a great snack you can easily pack with you wherever you go. A serving size of nuts is one ounce, which is about a handful. Considering my handful and my hubby's handful look a lot different, I thought it'd be good to go over what exactly one ounce of nuts looks like. Take this quiz to see if you know.
Muhammara is a Syrian roasted pepper and walnut dip often served with crackers, on kebabs, or over meat and fish. The longest part of preparing the dip is roasting the bell peppers. Of course you could just buy a jar, but they are so much better fresh. If you have never roasted your own, check out this how-to slideshow. Once you have the roasted bell peppers, the dip is incredibly simple to make with the help of a food processor.
The sweetness from the pomegranate molasses and roasted bell peppers is balanced by the tart lemon juice and spicy kick of jalapeño. I served it with pita chips, but it would be great as a veggie dip or a sandwich condiment. Skip the hummus and the onion dip and give muhammara a try. Curious about the recipe? Keep reading.
If you are having a rough day, grab yourself a handful of nuts. A new study says that walnuts help reduce blood pressure during times of stress.
The study, which was funded by the Walnut Commission of Sacramento, followed 22 adults who had above average levels of LDL (bad cholesterol). Researchers were looking to see what effect, if any, walnuts have on the body during a time of stress. In separate six-week periods, participants followed three different diets: the "average" American diet, free of nuts and mirroring what the typical American usually eats. The second diet included roughly nine walnuts and a tablespoon of walnut oil. And the third diet included the walnuts and walnut oil with the addition of flaxseed oil. Caloriewise, all diets were the same.
Researchers measured stress levels in participants by making them give a speech and also having one foot immersed in cold water. The walnut diet — minus the flaxseed — proved to be the most beneficial in helping with stress. The walnut-rich diet also lowered the participants' resting blood pressure. Here's to the walnut!
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Although this meatless, dairy-free recipe calls for ultra healthy whole wheat linguine, feel free to change it up as you like, by using regular pasta, adding garlic, or subbing another nut for the walnuts. Experience a different Summer meal when you keep reading.
This flatbread recipe is like a Mediterranean pizza with no tomato sauce. Serving the arugula on top of the cooked dough layered with beets and cheese is another creative way to work greens onto your plate. The dish feels fancy.
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My mother is not much of a foodie. If she had her way, she would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for lunch followed by pasta with chicken and artichoke hearts for dinner. However, since her daughter is a food journalist, she humors me. When I asked her what her ideal dessert (with strawberries) was, she replied, "I would love a strawberry and chocolate tart." Thus, I had to make her a strawberry and chocolate tart.
I'm happy I did because everyone at our Mother's Day celebration loved this dessert! It's a simple tart with a walnut crust, chocolate ganache filling, and fresh strawberry topping. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the ganache to set; I didn't, and the tart ended up being a little soupy. The rich flavor was spot-on, though! This recipe is versatile; you can basically top the ganache with whatever fruit you want. Learn the easy and scrumptious method now.
Chefs love Belgian endive. This tender leafy green is tangy and flavorful and needs just a simple dressing to shine. I attended a cooking demo hosted by the California Walnut Board and sampled this simple salad after watching Chef Ken Frank of La Toque create it.If Belgian endive is not available, you can use hearts of romaine instead. The dressing is amazing and if you're looking to start making your own salad dressing, check out the recipe when you read more
I am nutty for walnuts. I add them to my morning oatmeal and sprinkle them over my salad in the evening. The thing is though, I like them roasted. Roasting walnuts can damage the healthy fats found in the nut, like omega-3 fatty acids. In general, it's a good idea to avoid commercially roasted nuts since they are cooked at high temperatures, potentially damaging the antioxidants found in most nuts.This doesn't mean we have to forgo roasted nuts, but you should do it yourself at a low temperature. Set your oven to 165 degrees and roast your walnuts on the middle rack for 15 to 20 minutes. For added flavor, World's Healthiest Foods suggests dousing the nuts with Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids before toasting.