Almonds roasting on an open fire…
I love the idea of roasting chestnuts on an open fire, but I’m not a fan of chestnuts, like Nelson is, so what’s a person like me to do when she wants a warm roasted snack on a cold autumn day? She asks Nelson to roast almonds instead. But she knows Nelson will go above and beyond and elevate roasted almonds to a delicious new level.
Yup… Nelson is good to me, and today he brings us this yummy recipe for turmeric roasted almonds.
Autumn took nose-dive into winter
I love autumn… the colours, the fresh air, apple picking, butternut squash soup…mmmm.
I’m always a little sad when the glorious leaves of orange, red, and golden yellow, release their hold and do their dance to the ground below. The window of opportunity to see autumn at its best is far too short, in my opinion. I’d even be happy to go another month with the ground covered in fallen leaves, but what I’m not happy about is when winter swoops in way too early and steals the season. How rude!
And so it happened again this year. We’ve already had snow and it’s so cold. I mean, I’ve actually had to scrape ice off my windshield and brush several inches of snow off my car. Seriously… not funny. Now we’re bracing ourselves for what the Weather Network Storm Centre called “a significant potentially historic early November snowfall event”. What?! No…. no…. no! It’s too soon for winter.
Cozy up… it’s gonna be a long winter
I guess if it’s going to be cold, I’ll just have to get my cozy on. That means I’m going to flip on the fireplace (yes, it’s gas… it’s what we have to work with), get our warm knit blankets out, make some popcorn and roast almonds to enjoy as a healthy snack while we watch a movie curled up on the couch at home. Such was our Saturday night. And it was so nice.
Make the most of what you have
I love almonds, but I guess you can even get flavour fatigue from a good thing like that. This snack is a perfect example of how you can change things up with some spices, and take something simple to a new level of deliciousness.
It doesn’t hurt that turmeric is a super healthy spice too. Turmeric reduces inflammation, improves cognitive health, it helps with heart disease and cholesterol, and it’s an anti-inflammatory, just to name a few health benefits. Who knew I was being so good to myself.
Stay warm, go for flavour, and eat well, friends.
Turmeric roasted almonds
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp fine salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 ºF.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well until all the almonds look coated in oil.
- Pour the seasoned almonds onto the parchment paper and spread evenly.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack, and bake/roast for 10 minutes.
- Serve warm or cooled and enjoy!
- Once cooled, you can keep the almonds fresh in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.