Have you ever heard the expression "extend an almond branch?" It is usually said during a confrontation. This term comes from the almond tree branch being a sign of hope. So, what does that have to do with cooking? Not a damn thing! Did you also know that almonds are not really nuts? They are a fruit or to be botanically correct, they are a drupe -- a drupe being the seeds which is surrounded by the fruit.
So, why are almonds considered one of nature's wonder foods? A quarter cup of almonds contain more protein than an egg! They are proven to lower cholesterol. They aid in the prevention of many types of cancers and if you're having bowel problems, they will improve your regularity.
By the way, for people who refer to the male testicles as "nuts," the reason for this is due to the almond. Almonds are a symbol of fertility! If you ever get the munchies, grab for some almonds!
This new taste treat is a wonderful touch of the Southwest for your munching pleasure and it is decently healthy as well. Southwest Sweet and Spicy Glazed Almonds (you can substitute your favorite nut) are all natural and pack a pretty good taste punch as well. They are also very easy to make and quick enough to appease those guests who suddenly drop by and ruin your weekend of relaxation.
Ingredients needed to make Southwest Sweet and Spicy Glazed Almonds (makes 2 cups):
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. celery seeds
- 2 cups whole almonds
- corn/vegetable oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Into a medium bowl add the maple syrup, garlic salt, chili powder, cumin and celery seeds and whisk until very well blended.
- Add the almonds to the bowl and stir until coated.
- Spoon the ingredients into a non-stick skillet and place in the oven.
- Cook 20 minutes, stirring occassionally.
- Set out a piece of foil or parchment paper and oil it liberally.
- Remove the pan from the oven and spoon the glazed almonds onto the prepared foil.
- Let cool completely and then break-up and serve.
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