If you're toasting a small amount of nuts, a cup or so, use a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. There's no need to add oil to the pan, as the nuts have enough themselves. Be sure to stir them around frequently so they don't burn. If you plan to toast up a bunch of nuts, spread them evenly on a baking sheet and roast them at 350°F for about 15 to 20 minutes. Use your toasted nuts however you want, like tossed in a salad, or just enjoy them on their own. What nuts do you toast?
For an easy appetizer guests are sure to go nuts for, whip up one of these extremely easy nut mixes for your next party. Tossed with ingredients that are both sweet and spicy, these mixes can hold their own but are equally impressive when paired with a cheese spread, olives, and (of course) a glass of wine.
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Tropical Nut Mix
This holiday entertaining season, make certain to master at least one back-pocket appetizer — a treat so easy and low-stress that you can whip it up in a flash to fill out a menu or have it on hand if guests will be unexpectedly popping over. I can tell you now, these salty-piney-sweet nuts will be mine.
Crisp and crunchy, with a hit of breath-freshening rosemary, these nuts are dangerous in the best way; I can't seem to stop at a small handful, much less one or two. I suspect you will feel the same way.
There is one important step you can take before cooking or eating your food raw, and that step is sprouting. Nuts, just like grains, seeds, and legumes, all start out with natural enzyme inhibitors that prevent them from premature sprouting. These handy little guards may extend the shelf life of your dry goods, but they also prolong the digestion process. By sprouting them yourself, you can control when you want to enjoy these foods and better absorb the nutrients from their tough exterior. Read on to find out how you can start sprouting by dinnertime.
Seeds can thoroughly sprout after a few days in a warm, moist climate. Most sprouting devotees lock their dry food of choice in a clean container filled with water to allow sprouting to occur overnight, literally.
Foods that can be sprouted include but are not limited to:
- Grains: Farro, barley, wheat, quinoa, and rice.
- Legumes: Lentils, peas, and garbanzo, pinto, and kidney beans.
- Seeds: Sunflower, radish, and broccoli.
- Nuts: Cashews, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts.
Nuts have always been a good source of protein, but because of their fat content, some dieters boycott the food. Although high quantities of any fat can become unhealthy, low amounts of the right kinds can improve your health and even slim your figure. Lucky for everyone, nuts are on the recommended list to boost your health. Read on to see why.
They contain good fats: Unlike saturated and trans fats that are found in fast food, nuts contain the beneficial kind of fats
Skip the fussy appetizers this holiday season and serve up one of these exceptionally easy nut mixes that can either be made ahead of time or whipped up in a flash before guests arrive. For a truly impressive yet quick-to-assemble spread, pair nuts with cheese, crostini, olives, and cured meats, or any combination of the above.
- Taste-test before you buy: Nuts and seeds are expensive, but buying them in bulk is not only more economical; it also allows you to taste a few to make sure the batch is fresh and not rancid. Additionally, those from the bulk bins tend to have a higher turnover than prepackaged nuts, so there's a lower chance of rancidity.
- Only buy what you need: Ignore the special two-for-one sales, and only buy what you need for the week. It's better to replenish your nut and seed stashes frequently to ensure that you are using the freshest nuts and seeds available, rather than cashing in on deals, because chances are that, if they're on sale, the nuts and seeds are past their prime.
- Buy whole, raw nuts: Chopped, sliced, ground, or blanched nuts and seeds have a shorter shelf life than whole, raw varieties. These processed versions produce oxidize faster, because the oils inside the nuts and seeds are exposed to more air. When it makes sense for your recipes, try to avoid precut varieties.
In most cases, nuts are a good thing, especially when found in snacks. From almonds and cashews to salty peanuts, nuts and legumes are packed with protein and a dose of heart-healthy omega-3s. In fact, a recent study showed that those who ate an ounce of raw almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts a day had higher levels of feel-good hormone serotonin, which can act as an appetite suppressant. If you need anymore reasons to go nuts at your 3 p.m. snack time, here are eight nutty snacks to keep you sane — and healthy!