by Chef Kendall Huff
Native Food Cafe
By a LANDSLIDE!!
In today’s busy world, snacking seems to be HUGE! Little nibbles watching TV, at your desk, or even running to the train. Snacking could even be considered another mealtime! The usual snack and go can be anything from chips, candy bars or even cookies. What if instead of the sugar-infested treats, we carried a little bag of roasted almonds with us? The natural sweetness of this “nut” (not a nut, but a drupe, which has an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed or “nut” inside), can be as satisfying if not more than the old treats. And who says that our meals in-between meals can’t be beneficial to us? NO ONE DOES! Almonds are a perfect example of doing something good for you and your body!
*The Best Almond Snack: Dry Roasted with No Salt
*Easy to Digest, provides heat to the body (The Chill is coming!!)
*Loads of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium, and potassium
*Enhances brainpower!! (Soak 5 Almonds overnight and add them to your breakfast. Einstein watch out!!!)
*Super Powers- Fights Bad Cholesterol, Mixed with a little rosehip oil and pat on before bed, it fights wrinkles too!!
Try these super yummy products on for size… Blue Diamond Almond Milk from California & Earth Balance Almond Butter from Colorado
During these few holiday months is a great time to play around with delicious desserts. And since almonds and chocolate go swimmingly together, try these
Chocolate Cranberry Almond Filo Bites
Chocolate Chips 1 cup
Earth Balance Butter 1 Tbsp
Almond Milk ¼ cup
Chopped Roasted Almonds ¾ cup
Dried Cranberries ½ cup
Olive Oil ¼ cup
Defrosted Filo Sheets 5 to 6 each *Cut into 6 in x 2 in strips
Sliced Toasted Almonds To Garnish
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
3. Place chocolate chips in an appropriate sized bowl and melt them over the top of the boiling water (double boiler method).
4. Once the chocolate has melted, add the milk and butter. Whisk the ingredients together to incorporate well.
5. Once well mixed, remove from the boiling pot of water and add the chopped almonds and cranberries.
6. Have a pastry brush in a cup with the ¼ cup of oil and unroll the filo.
7. Oil lightly the bottom of a baking pan and place 2 pieces of filo on top of it. Brush with oil. Repeat 4 more times until you have using up all the filo sheets.
8. Place 1 Tbsp of chocolate mix in the middle of the left hand side corner of the strips.
9. Fold the upper corner over to the mix and form a triangle. Press firmly on the edge to secure it. Repeat for 2 more turn overs (or half of the strip). Then cut and seal.
10. Repeat with the rest of the filo.
11. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
12. Serve with chocolate sauce, whipped cream or ice cream!