NATIONAL NUT DAY

tl-10-22-national-nut-daya-circle-of-nutsfriendsI think we can agree that some friends are a bit on the nutty side…  and they do come in all shapes and sizes.  I think we also agree that it’s perfectly okay!  😉

The nuts we want to focus on are the edible kind…  of course.  Nuts are low or no carbohydrates, so are very healthy for diabetics.  They are chock full of nutrients and healthy fats.  My favorite nuts are cashews, and I eat a few handfuls every day.  Our little nuthouse here in Wichita, The Nifty Nuthouse, has such delicious cashews, but at $9.00 a pound, I have to pace myself for sure.

Once in a while I get a craving for Chinese food, and my favorite recipe is for, you guessed it…  Cashew Chicken.  Here’s my simple recipe:

CASHEW CHICKEN (Makes 5 servings – 10 carbs each)

INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
1/4 cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame seeds
3/4 cup cashew pieces
salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS:
Heat a large pan on medium heat and add the coconut oil.
Season your cubed chicken with a little salt and pepper…don’t over do it on the salt because the soy has enough salt in it.
Add the chicken to the pan and brown on both sides, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the pan, and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain some of the grease off.
In the same pan, add the sesame oil and saute the garlic clove and ginger for 1 minute.
Stir in the Teriyaki, Oyster, Soy Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar and red pepper flakes.
Once the sauce has come to a boil, add the chicken and stir to combine. Cook about another 5 to 6 minutes.
Add the chicken to a serving bowl and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.
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So today, give that nutty friend in your circle a phone call or send a note…  and celebrate the edible kind with this wonderful recipe.  🙂
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NATIONAL NUT DAY

TL 10-22 NATIONAL NUT DAY

10-22 GO NUTS

greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.  – Author Unknown

You have my permission to GO NUTS today!  I plan to put some pecans in my oatmeal for breakfast.  For a snack I’ll eat a handful of walnuts and put just a few slivered almonds in my spinach salad for lunch.  I’ll make some cashew chicken for dinner tonight.  Wow, that should make me crazy nuts!

I think we all know that there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats.  Chocolate is an example of unhealthy fat, but nuts contain healthy fats and are fine to eat in moderation.

Hmm…  I definitely will try to eat more nuts!  If it would give me a body like hers – oh yeah!   The eating part isn’t the problem – it’s more the working out that I get hung up on – LOL!!!

This is the 4th annual National Nut Day.  It was started in the United Kingdom (do they eat nuts with their afternoon tea?) – This year’s theme is Putting Nuts Back on the Menu.  What is your favorite NUT recipe?  I mentioned chocolate earlier – and it may surprise you to know that even though I like chocolate and I like nuts – I do not like them together!  If I’m eating chocolate, it will be smooth truffles and Cherry Cordial Truffles are my favorite with Mint Truffles running a close second.

For a main dish, I like cashew chicken.  For dessert I would enjoy a small slice of carrot cake.  Here’s my recipe for Cashew Chicken:

The “seasoning mix” in Ramen Noodles has nitrates in it which causes me to get migraine headaches.  I always use a low-sodium chicken stock to avoid migraines.  I freeze the left-over chicken stock in an ice tray.  The chicken stock cubes freeze nicely and melt very quickly, so there’s no waste.

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  – Jim Davis

As for the carrot cake, since I’m diabetic I don’t make this often at all – just for special occasions:

I substitute SPLENDA for sugar.  Use the same amount.  The cake is not adversely affected by it.  Doesn’t she make it look easy?  It really is!  Give it a try to incorporate some NUTS into your meal plan today!  😉