Nuts Recipes

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Nuts are loaded with health benefits. Besides being high in anti-oxidants and minerals such as copper and magnesium, nuts contain the healthy Omega-3 fats that can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Sure nuts are calorie-laden, but studies show that when taken in moderation, eating nuts can actually help with weight control.

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Nuts Recipes

  1. 1. NutsEver wonder where the saying “Are you nuts?!” originated? Or why is that wordoften connected to being a fool or losing one’s mind? Well, if you love the flavor,texture and nutritive value of these protein rich morsels brimming with nature’sgoodness, then you’ll agree that it’s easy to fall in love with (or get crazy over)their great taste. Perhaps their hardness could also be linked to the saying asbeing nutty is also related sometimes to stubbornness.In culinary terminology, the definition is not as restrictive as in the botanicaldefinition which classify that nuts come from a specific part of a plant thatbecomes very hard at their mature state. In cooking, pretty much any seed orlarge oily kernel enclosed in a shell may be considered a nut.Due to their generally high unsaturated (good) fat and protein content, these arehighly regarded as an excellent energy source. Health buffs snack on handfuls ofthem or as part of a trail mix with dried fruit rather than opening a bag of chips.The good fat they contain has been linked to a lower incidence of cardiovascularproblems. Their generally low-glycemic quality also makes it a good food fordiabetics.Though considered as a healthy food group, nuts should still be consumed inmoderation as these still are high in calories and excessive consumption can result
  2. 2. in weight gain and elevated uric acid levels which can result in gout. Combinetheir consumption with a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, carbohydrateand protein. Care should be taken as well if you have allergies towards them andthe wide variety of foods they are found in. Read food packaging which indicatesif the items are made in a facility that processes nuts.Vegetarians and vegans, particularly raw foodists, recommend that certain rawnuts (usually those with a brown skin or peel) be soaked, drained and dehydratedprior to consumption to remove mildly toxic enzyme inhibitors found in the peel.Roasting as well as other forms of heating should be avoided to maximize thenutrients.Almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashew, macadamias and pistachios are only a fewamong the most popular nuts consumed in many parts of the world. These andothers can be incorporated into countless dishes like soups, salads, main courses,desserts and drinks. Milk can even be made from almonds and cashew andreplace animal sources of this high-protein beverage.
  3. 3. Soft Cake with WalnutsSoft cake is a sponge cake made from flour, sugar, baking powder and eggs and islighter than the traditional cake. The only fat used in making sponge cake is eggyolk; however the egg white and egg yolks are added separately to the batter.Sponge cake is many times used as a base for other types of cakes and desserts.Servings: 8Preparation Time: 35 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesRecommended Wine: Arbois vin de PailleIngredients:3 ½ tablespoons flour, 6 tablespoons butter, 6 tablespoons sugar, 3 egg yolks, 5 ¼oz. (about 2/3 cup) chopped walnuts, 15 egg whites, 1.76 oz. dark chocolate, 0.7oz. (about 1 ½ tablespoons) creamPreparation Instructions:Mix the egg yolk with sugar and molten butter. Add flour and chopped walnuts.Beat the egg whites and add them to the sugar mixture. Place the mixture in abuttered and floured sponge cake mold. Bake in a 338 degree F. oven for 40minutes. Cool. Boil the cream. Add chocolate and simmer.
  4. 4. Asparagus and Pine NutsThis Asian-inspired dish combines asparagus with pine nuts, chile, soy sauce, andsesame oil. Serve it as a side dish alongside fish or meat.Servings: 6Difficulty Level: EasyIngredients:2 ½ lbs. fresh asparagus (trimmed, peeled, cut into thirds, and placed in a bowl ofcold water), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons pine nuts, 2 green onions(chopped), 1 to 11/2 teaspoons minced hot green chile, ½ teaspoon salt, ¾teaspoon granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon soy sauce,2 tablespoons sesame oilPreparation InstructionsDrain the asparagus. Pour the oil into a sauté pan and warm over medium heat.When hot, add the pine nuts. As soon as the nuts are golden, remove them with aslotted spatula and drain on paper towels. To the pan, add the green onion, chile,asparagus, 3 tablespoons of water, and the salt. Bring to a simmer. Cover andcook for about 3 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender but not soft. Add thesugar, juice, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix well. Most of the liquid will boil away.Add the pine nuts, toss, and serve.
  5. 5. Goat Cheese Pie with Lemons and PineNutsA colorful dish that makes the most of gnocchis great pairing with cheese, thissimple recipe will soon become a favorite .This fantastic soup is best made withvarieties of squash that have dense, orange flesh, such as butternut or onionsquash. It’s important to use good chicken stock and season the soup well to bringout the nutty, sweet flavor of the squash. Once you’ve mastered this recipe, youcan take the soup in different ways by adding pearl barley, dried pasta, or somechopped smoked bacon.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 60 minutesCooking Time: 60 minutesRecommended Wine: Muffato âIngredients:Fresh mint For the sugared dough: 1/2 lb. butter, 1 oz. honey, 2 1/2 oz. sugar,0.88 lbs. flour, 1 oz. egg yolk, a pinch of vanillin, a pinch of salt, 1 lemon pulp Forthe base: 1/2 lb. cheese (50% goat cheese), 3 1/2 oz. eggs, 1 vanilla pod, 1.8 oz.
  6. 6. sugar, 1 lemon pulp For the sauce: 0.44 lbs. wild strawberries, 1 1/2 oz. sugar,glass of water For the garnish: 1 1/2 oz. pine nuts, currantsPreparation Instructions:Cut the butter into small pieces. Mix the sugar with the butter and vanilla. Add anegg, honey, salt, and grated lemon pulp. Add flour, until you have a dough ball.Cut the dough into three thick slices. Lay the slices on a floured table and rollthem out. Butter cake forms and place the dough slices inside. Bake in a 330degree F oven. Allow to cool. Place all the ingredients for the sauce into a mixer.Reduce and refrigerate. Cut the vanilla pods and remove the grains. Mix thecream cheese, eggs, vanilla pods, sugar, and lemon. Garnish with the goat cheesecream. Sprinkle the surface with pine nuts and sugar. Pour the prepared sauceover this and place in a 350 degree F oven.OTHER LINKS:gourmet cake mixessour milk bakingmilk based chicken stewcream dairy productschocolate delight dessert recipes

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