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Monday, June 22, 2015

Go Nutty! Top 25 Almond Recipes

As much as I love to bake and indulge in some not-so-healthy treats, I also love to find ways to eat healthy without sacrificing taste! Nuts are a great way to still get great flavor, but also a healthy boost! One of my favorite go-to nuts are almonds.  Almonds are a healthy fat (yes, our bodies need fat), and pack a powerful punch with fiber, protein, vitamins, and antioxidants! This means that almonds can help fight against aging, diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's, can help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and even help to make you feel more full so you do not snack more! To read more about almonds and their benefits, visit here. 

Now that we've talked about how great almonds are for you, let's get to the good part - eating them! These delicious nuts are not just for snacking! There are so many ways you can enjoy almonds, so check out the recipes below.  I dare you to choose just one!

1. Homemade Granola from your very own Cultural Dish

2. Almond Joy Smoothie Bowl from the Full Belly Sisters

4. Roasted Almonds from A Dash of Megnut

5. Date and Almond Hamantaschen from Busy in Brooklyn

6. Nutty Lime Smoothie from 2 Cookin' Mamas

7. Chia, Date, and Almond Bar from Living Sweet Moments

9. Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Candied Almonds from Persnickety Plates

10. Fruit & Yogurt Parfait with Homemade Granola from The Life of a Wife

13. Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto from Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

Now as healthy as almonds may be, that doesn't mean you can't add them to a delicious dessert! The best part? Many of these recipes use almond flour and/or are vegan and gluten free!

17. Clementine Cake from Chef de Home

18. Smoked Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti from Diary of a Mad Hausfrau

19. Chocolate Almond Torte from The Hungary Buddha

20. Almond Clementine Bundt Cake from Poet in the Pantry

21. Coconut and Almond Cream Pies from With a Blast

22. Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies from A Calculated Whisk

23. Orange Almond Flourless Cake from Mon Petit Four

Please note, The Cultural Dish was asked to create this post by nuts.com, but my statements about almonds are all my own and what I personally believe. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Weekend Kick Off: Top 5 Recipes to Make This Summer

Summer officially starts this weekend, and aside from the warm weather, beach days, and cookouts, summer also brings a whole new season of produce and herbs! Take advantage of the fresh vegetables and fruits and try some (or all) of these recipes below!

1.) Mac Nut Slaw (Hawaiian Cole Slaw) - Jazz up your summer side dishes with this tasty and fruity cole slaw inspired by Hawaii! Macadamia nuts and pineapple are found in abundance in Hawaii, and fortunately on the mainland, they are in season here too!

2.) New England Seafood Boil - A classic in New England, this dish is very versatile and you can add or remove any ingredients that you like! Want to add mussels or lobster? Go ahead! This simple dish takes no time to put together and is a one pot meal!

3.) Orange Scones - Scones are a favorite in our household, but jazz them up with this light and fruity flavor this summer! Great for breakfast or brunch!

4.) Freshly "Herbed" Flat Bread - Fresh herbs are in abundance this time of year, and they are so easy to grow yourself! Put some of those herbs to use and try this crispy flat bread that can be eaten plain as an appetizer or dipped in some olive oil.

5.) Zucchini Bread - Zucchini is not just for use as a side dish! If you like banana bread, than this tasty treat is for you! Is it breakfast, a snack, or dessert?? Enjoy any time of day!

Happy Summer!

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