Some kitchen endeavors are just so easy you have to ask yourself, why in the world didn’t I try this before? This recipe is one such endeavor. It literally took, like, three minutes, required only ingredients I keep in my house all the time, and it is abso-freaking-lutely delicious!
My husband and I are doing the Whole30 (our version at least, it’s not perfect but we’re trying to make it a lifestyle, not just a thirty day detox). It’s difficult to find what we call “legal” (Whole30 calls it compliant) foods that are healthy, yet also delicious, and not the same old boring thing. Any packaged item in the store is going to contain some sort of illegal ingredient…the wrong kind of oil, something to maintain the color or flavoring, or a chemical you can’t even pronounce. In my search for legal foods I found a mixture of garlic dry roasted nuts at Whole Foods and and I loved them. Of course, I probably paid WAY too much for them and I thought to myself, “surely I can make this on my own.”
So today I did! I poured all the ingredients straight into the skillet and toasted the nuts on medium high for about 3 minutes. Make sure you constantly stir them…these suckers burn fast! Remove them when the nuts are fragrant and getting a little darker in color. I recommend laying them on some paper towels or brown paper to soak up the excess oil while they cool. And no kidding…that’s it!
Make sure you portion these out or you’ll find yourself engorging on a snack food which is a big Whole30 No No! We will use these to toss in salads, smash up and use as a crust for baked chicken, or for trail mix when we’re on the run. They will be equally amazing when we are not adhering to Whole30 rules so strictly. I think they will be a new staple during my husband’s poker night and anytime we have a crowd over for football games, hanging out, and more!
Feel free to change up the spices to your desired taste. Next time I think I’m going to go with a spicy mixture and add in some cayenne. I might also try it without the oil and see if I get the same results as Whole Foods achieved on their mixture. I guess I’m just wondering how the spices will stick to the nuts without the oil. Let me know if you give it a try!
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I use the extra light tasting)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pistachios
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- Place all ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat
- Stir almost constantly until nuts are fragrant and beginning to brown, about 3 - 5 minutes. Do not over cook...they will burn fast!
- all nuts used should be the only ingredient in their package, no added salts, oils, etc.
- feel free to change out the types of nuts used, as well as the spices