Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Perfect Nibble....

Around 4pm everyday it strikes...the post lunch, pre dinner nibble craving. This is why I usually keep some tamari almonds in the pantry. A handful of these, and a big glass of spring water will set it all straight. Many flavored store-bought nuts contain weird oils and are heavy on the salt, so I just buy bulk raw almonds and do it myself.
Though referred to as a nut, almonds are actually the inside of the pit from the almond tree fruit, related to other stone fruits such as the peach. Almonds are well known today as wonderful sources of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and important phytochemicals associated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes prevention. The ancient principles of Ayurveda associate almonds with high intellectual activity and longevity, due to the presence of omega 6 fatty acids which nourish the brain and nervous system. If this isn't enough, the monounsaturated fats in almonds lower LDL cholesterol levels, strengthen the immune system, and calm inflammation.
Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to complete this recipe, the perfect nibble indeed.
Here it is:

Tamari Almonds:
*1 1/2 cups raw almonds
*1 Tbsp high quality tamari or soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a medium bowl, toss almonds with tamari. Spread out on baking sheet and bake until toasted, about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally throughout process.
Remove from oven, stir and cool completely.

Presto! You're done!

1 comment:

  1. I have been the most fortunate recipient of Rachel's old fashioned hospitality on more than several occasions after work. She always has these almonds (and a glass of cool spring water) to offer, and it really hits the spot for that pre-dinner hungry feeling. Maybe I'll go ahead and make my own now, but really I'll probably just continue enjoying Rachel's...