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1.27.2013

Just Another Meatless Monday Smokehouse Almonds

Hey What's For Dinner



The advent of a Paleo diet for me is making the Meatless Monday post harder and harder to achieve. I love the idea of going meatless and so I will try to keep my resolve and be meatless one day a week. I will incorporate more eggs and nuts on that day to make it happen. Of course I will still be posting great vegetarian dishes here too but they will mostly likely be vegan. So nuts, eggs and vegan are where I'm going with meatless Mondays but I still want to see what everyone else is making.

Paleo isn't for everyone and I thought I'd be the last person to ever have success on such a crazy eating plan. But the difference in my life after 3 short weeks of no grains, no gluten, no dairy, no sugar is so tremendous that I can't help but continue with it where ever it takes me. Uhm that is as long as it's healthy and I still feel great.

I have been toasting up my own sunflower seeds on the stove for a week or so and I am loving having a crunchy snack again. Yeah CRUNCHY. Yesterday I roasted almonds on the stove top and wow oh wow they were great. I had to try making smokehouse almonds because I love them and I'm pretty sure the store bought ones are full of crap you should not eat. YUM. I used a bit  of smoked salt and a then drop of smoke flavor really to boost the smokiness of the almonds. They turned out so good I ended up having smokehouse almonds for lunch along with a couple carrots and a nice glass of water. It was really fun to play around with this recipe and it was tasty too.

You will need a stove top popper like this


 to make roasted nuts quickly and cheaply. You will also need a paper bag for tossing the nuts in.




Smokehouse Almonds

1 cup of almonds
1/2 teaspoon of oil--whatever you're using
1 teaspoon smoked salt-optional
1 drop of smoke flavoring

preheat the stove top popper over medium heat
when hot add the oil and the nuts
stir to combine and let rest
stir every 30 seconds or so
meanwhile grind the smoked salt with a mortar and pestle or between two spoons
when the almonds are good and toasty about 3-5 minutes
remove from the heat and place in paper bag
sprinkle the smoked salt on the nuts and add the drop of smoke flavor if using
close the bag and shake to coat the nuts
pour on a plate to cool











  • Do not eat while hot your tongue will sizzle, literally sizzle and it hurts and burns. This will impair your ability to enjoy this snack/lunch deliciousness. 
  • if your popper is well seasoned you could get away with using LESS or NO oil
  • if you don't have smoked salt try adding an extra drop of smoke flavor and use regular salt instead of smoked



What vegetarian delights have you been enjoying? Link 'em up, share the button, leave a comment!




Peace and Love--


 

5 comments :

  1. I have almonds in the pantry that I've been wanting to use, so I think I'll try your smokehouse recipe!! Thank you.

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  2. As often as I air pop my popcorn, I should have a stove top popper. Now that you've told me I can make specialized nuts (my hubby would LOVE that), I really feel like I should get one!

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  3. Yum, that sounds delish. I've been enjoying my almonds in smoothies. The combination of 1 banana, 1/4 cup of raw almonds, 1 cup of water, and a 1/2 cup of ice makes an amazingly creamy and delicious confection :D Looking forward to what you'll share as I'm spending so much time in the kitchen. Good luck staying on Paleo, it's a plan that makes a lot of sense to me.

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  4. Hi Laura, thanks for hosting. I've shared a recipe for a naturally sweet, healthy salad dressing made from beets and pears.

    Also, you might be interested to know that I'm giving away a copy of a new Paleo cookbook, Primal Cuisine!! Stop by Poor and Gluten Free to enter to win :)

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  5. Hi thanks for hosting! I shared my dinner makeover at #49. There are 3 recipes included - the turkey burger can easily be substituted with my homemade garden burger for my vegetarian friends! http://thecyclistswife.blogspot.com/2012/07/homemade-garden-burgers-sir-kensingtons.html

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