March 04, 2013 | | Comments 0

Roasted Almonds with Herbs

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club met up for another cooking session in February.

The first recipe that Michelle introduced was Roasted Almonds with Herbs. You can try this recipe with different nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.

Here are the benefits of almond shared by Michelle; source Wikipedia.

Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g. About 20% of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids. An ounce of almonds contains 12% of necessary daily protein. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B Vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat, one of the two fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. Typical of nuts and seeds, almonds also contain phytosterols, associated with cholesterol lowering properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 3 thymes sprigs, leaves only
  • handful of parsley, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
The parsley and thyme were from Michelle’s garden. You can try other herbs like rosemary, sage, marjoram, etc.

Source: The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters


Instructions

  1. Mix water and salt in a small bowl
  2. Add to almonds and herbs and toss to combine
  3. Pour into a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until the inside (cut one open to see) are golden brown. Do not let them burn!
  4. Remove from oven, pour into mixing bowl. While warm, stir in olive oil. Taste and add more salt if needed.
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