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This Week’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient: Almonds

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Lemon-Almond Encrusted Salmon

This is my favorite manly meal.  I never considered eating almonds, lemon, and salmon together.  I cooked this fish the other day and fell in love with it.  No more boring fish meals allowed!!!

Lemon-Almond Encrusted Salmon

(This week’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient: Almonds)

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(Makes 2 Servings)

1/2 cup raw almonds

1 tsp dried parsley

1 Tbsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

Salt (to taste)

1/4 tsp paprika

1 large egg

2 wild salmon fillets (6-8 oz. each)

2 tbsp olive oil

  1. Toss almonds into blender or food processor.  Blend until almond become powder with a mix of pea size chunks or smaller.  This creates a fabulous texture.
  2. Add almond mixture to bowl along with parsley, lemon zest, lemon pepper, salt, and paprika until combined. You may choose to skip the salt given most lemon-pepper spices also have salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat large egg.
  4. Pat salmon fillets dry with paper towel then dip top in egg until coated well.
  5. Next, coat top of salmon fillets with seasoned almond mixture.  You can lightly press the mixture into fillets to help it stick.
  6. Heat olive oil in large pan (medium-high heat).
  7. Lay fish in pan, presentation side down first.
  8. Cook 5-7 minutes, flipping fish half way through cooking time.
  9. Almonds will toast while cooking giving fish an awesome texture!

Add fish to a bed of green salads for a healthy dinner with tons of protein.

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Oat & Fruit Bake

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Oats & Fruit Bake

(Makes 6 Servings)

2 med. Bananas, mashed

2 med. Apples, grated

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 cp oats

¼ cp walnuts, chopped

¼ cp slivered almonds

½ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp cinnamon

Dash of salt

1 cp almond milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut oil

  1. Grease 2-quart baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  3. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl.  Pour mixture into pan.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is brown.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/09/12/baked-oatmeal-with-fruit/

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Brussels Slaw with Almonds and Ginger Dressing

Ginger Brussels Slaw with Almonds

(This week’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient: Almonds)

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(Makes 4 servings)

1/2 pound brussels sprouts, shredded

4 tbsp slivered almonds

2 tbsp raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

Ginger Dressing:

1 cup shredded carrots

1/3 cup white wine or rice vinegar

2 tbsp Tahini (sesame paste)

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

1 tbsp soy sauce

4 tbsp honey

1 apple or pear (optional)

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/4 cup canola oil

  1. Wash and shred brussels sprouts first if you are unable to find pre-shredded sprouts.  Set aside.
  2. Boil water while making dressing.
  3. Next, add carrots, vinegar, tahini, ginger, soy sauce, honey, and apple/pear (for extra sweetness) to blender or processor.  Blend mixture on low and gradually increase speed until mixture is smooth.
  4. Slowly add sesame and canola oil to blender.  Set dressing aside.
  5. Add salt and brussels sprouts into boiling water.  Boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Drain sprouts and rinse with cold water to stop cooking process and keep them crisp and green.
  7. Shake away as much excess water as you can before adding sprouts to mixing bowl.
  8. Slowly add ginger dressing to sprouts until desired flavor intensity is reached.
  9. Add almonds and raisins before serving.
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Citrus Avocado Pie (Vegan)

Citrus Avocado Pie (Vegan)

(This week’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient: Almonds)

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Crust:

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/4 cup raw almonds

8 medjool or deglet noor dates (soaked in water or coconut milk for 1 hour)

1/8 cup shredded coconut

Filling:

2 avocados

1 lime (you will need zest and juice)

1 lemon (juice only)

2 tbsp sugar or 1 tbsp of stevia

2 tbsp coconut flour (optional)

4-6 tbsp lite coconut milk

  1. Add dates, walnuts, almonds, and coconut to food processor or blender.  Blend until combined and paste forms.  I like my crust a little chunky so feel free NOT to mix until completely smooth. No need to bake crust.
  2. Press mixture into a small springform pan or pie pan.  Get creative if you want and use any shape.
  3. Next, blend avocados, lime juice and zest, lemon juice, sugar, coconut flour and 4 tbsp of coconut milk.  Add more if needed.
  4. Pour avocado mixture into crust.
  5. Freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving!
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Almond EnJOY Bars

Almond EnJOY Bars

(This week’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient: Almonds)

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(Makes 4)

8-10 deglet noor or medjool dates (soaked in unsweetened almond milk for 1 hour)

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tbsp hemp seeds

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or sugar-free

  1. Add dates, almonds, walnuts, coconut, and hemp seeds to food processor or blender.  Blend until paste forms.  Feel free to leave a few chunks depending on your preference.  I like the CHUNKY stuff 😀
  2. Line small rectangular container or muffin pan with wax paper or paper cups.  (Divide mixture into four portions if using muffin pan).
  3. Pour mixture into bowl and mix in chocolate chips with spoon or by hand.  This step could be fun, but messy.
  4. Divide mixture into four portions or pour all mixture into small container.
  5. Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before cutting.
  6. Add chocolate drizzle on top if you just have to have more chocolate in your life.
  7. ENJOY!
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The Brown Bag Secret Ingredient REVEAL!

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This week’s secret ingredient is the almighty BANANA.  Never underestimate the power and versatility of America’s number one fruit.  Have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a snack, or dessert.  Not only are bananas nutritious and awesomely sweet, they’re very inexpensive. Known mostly for its high levels of potassium, which helps to maintain normal blood pressure and keeps your “ticker” functioning properly, bananas also provide a healthy dose of Vitamin C and dietary fiber.  Bananas are also used as a natural antacid to prevent stomach ulcers and protect against ulcer damage.  Here’s one more thing you should know about bananas.  They can help build stronger bones due to a compound known as a prebiotic (fructooligosaccharide), which works with probiotic or the friendly bacteria in your colon.

Below are a few ways I like to enjoy these beauties!

 

Banana Fritters

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Banana Raisin Wrap

Banana Wraps

Sweet Potato Fluff

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Coconut-Banana Creme Bowl

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Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7

http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/bananas.html

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