Looking for an easy recipe to bring to a holiday potluck, party, or gift exchange or something you can make for the people on your gift list? I’ve got just the recipe, actually many recipes, for you. I’ll post one below and additional ideas as well.
You can savor the season without spending a fortune. You can delight family, friends and co-workers with memorable, mouthwatering gifts made from inexpensive whole foods ingredients and give the gift of health. I make it a point to make and share healthy, edible gifts. I usually teach one or two cooking classes where I share some of my favorite recipes for this purpose. In it, I also share tips for wrapping, decorating, packing, freezing, and shipping your homemade delectables.
If you already own my award-winning book, The Garden of Eating: A Produce Dominated Diet & Cookbook, or my dessert book, The Ice Dream Cookbook: Dairy Free Ice Cream Alternatives with Gluten Free Cookies Compotes & Sauces, you may already know about some of the great recipes they contain that work for gifts for friends near and far away.
For ideas, check my previous healthy gift ideas posts for a list of recipes with links for some of the items listed.
I am also including a great recipe from another source, Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple, a paleo and primal diet and fitness blog. I own and have read Mark’s book, The Primal Blueprint. I’ve cooked from his cookbooks. I also led two cooking demonstrations last year at Mark’s PrimalCon, a weekend of primal education, fitness, fun, and camaraderie at a beach park in Southern California. I’m scheduled to teach there again next year.
I’ve made this recipe in a cooking class and I’ve shared it with friends who loved it. I plan to make and give more of it away for Christmas.
Say Yes to Nuts!
Nix nuts and seeds from your “no-no” list. Recent research has affirmed what your taste buds already knew: nuts are great for your health. How good? Findings from at least five epidemiological studies have concluded that consumption of one ounce of nuts at least five times a week may significantly reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease. One ounce of nuts is roughly 1/4 cupful; this is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. Either one is an easy amount to squeeze into your diet five times a week or even once a day. That amounts to about 200 calories per serving. YOu don’t need to eat a lot of them to reap their health benefits. There are many studies showing that eating
Prep: 15 minutes Cooking: 20 minutes Yield: 2 cups
One of the greatest things about nuts is that they are easy to transport, but sometimes, well, they’re just a little boring. Spice up your next snack mix with this recipe from Mark Sisson from his blog: Marks Daily Apple. Note the word of caution above about the energy density of nuts. Sometimes people go wild with them and wonder why their weight is going in the wrong direction.
I make the recipe as is except that I use a different kind of red pepper. You could ramp up the spice the second time around if you like more heat. You can double, triple, or quadruple this recipe. It ships well. It also looks great in a canning jar with holiday ribbon and a card.
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I use ground chipotle, my favorite)
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon olive oil (avocado oil also works)
2 cups of whole raw almonds, shelled (of course!)
1/2 to 1 tablespoon finely ground, unrefined sea salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt or Redmond Real Salt and only 1 teaspoonful)