Edamame Avocado Hummus

Move over chickpea hummus. There’s a new hummus in town – Edamame Avocado Hummus. 

Edamame Avocado Hummus ingredients in a food processor

I recently did a presentation about smart snacking. One thing I like to mention about smart snacking is to opt for real food first. Snacking is an opportunity for nourishment. 

Yes, grabbing a bar is quick (some bars do pack in great nutritional value), but really think about your snacks throughout the day. How many of them are real food vs. processed foods?

Edamame Avocado Hummus in a small white bowl

I’ve been challenging myself to include more veggies into my snacks. I go through snacking phases, and raw veggies have fallen out of my routine a little bit.

Snacking is more fun when you are dunking. I love dunking my veggies into hummus, but I decided to switch it up a bit and use edamame as the base instead of chickpeas. Edamame, a plant-based protein is a young soybean that has been harvested before the beans have had a chance to harden.

Edamame Avocado Hummus in a white bowl with carrots and crackers

Adding avocado to the edamame helps make this dip creamy. Avocados can act as a booster to help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from the foods eaten with them, like vitamin A. Vitamin A foods, like carrots, contain carotenoids, which not only promote healthy skin but benefit the heart and immune system as well. This vitamin is a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals. So, pair carrot sticks with this delicious dip!

carrot being dunked into green dip
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Edamame Avocado Hummus

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: dip
  • Method: no-cook

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (can sub olive oil)

Instructions

  1. Add edamame, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, onion powder, pepper and salt in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds and scrape down sides.
  2. Slowly drizzle in oil while motor is running and pulse until reach desired consistency.

Keywords: hummus, avocado, edamame, dip

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For a New York Giants fan, who the heck am I going to root for during the big game on Sunday since both the Patriots and the Eagles are the NYG’s rival? NJ.com interviewed NYG fans, and I guess most will be pulling for the Patriots this year.
My boyfriend is a die-hard Eagles fan (football season is always competitive fun when our teams are playing each other). I’m going to be a supportive girlfriend and root for the Eagles this year. Plus, I always like an underdog win!
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With all good football viewing Sundays comes good food! The key to delicious appetizers is each bite is packed with flavor. My secret: La Terra Fina Greek yogurt dips & spreads. Following the tagline “Good Food from the Good Earth,” La Terra Fina produces a wide range of ready-to-eat refrigerated dip, spreads, and quiches that are rich in flavor and high in quality.
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Lemon Pepper Asiago Stuffed Tomatoes

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 11 mins
  • Total Time: 16 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x

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3 simple ingredients turn into a delicious appetizer


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Ingredients

  • 4 beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz.) container La Terra Fina Lemon Pepper & Asiago Dip & Spread
  • 4 ounces asiago cheese, finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out pulp and seeds. Blot inside the cavity to remove excess moisture.
  3. Add about two heaping tablespoons of La Terra Fina Lemon Pepper & Asiago Dip & Spread into the tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle shredded asiago cheese on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then broil on low for 1 minutes to brown the cheese on top.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

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DIY Chex Party Mix

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” .. name that movie!
Another great way to spread Christmas cheer is sharing a fun little snack with those around you this holiday season.

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Last month, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a couple days at the General Mills headquarters learning all about General Mills and the Bell Institute of health, nutrition, and food safety.
General Mills and the Bell Institute of health, nutrition, and food safety truly stand behind their mission statement – serving the world by making food people love.
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When I was there I cooked in the Betty Crocker test kitchen and learned she is a famous woman who never existed. Guys… Betty Crocker is NOT a real person! My mind was blown. The recipe creations they come up with in that kitchen are delicious. I tried a pumpkin spice cheerio latte AND a cinnamon toast crunch latte when I was there. The cereal was actually blended in to the beverage. So creative!
We even saw the behind the scenes of GM’s food photography studio where they take all of their photography for their recipes and the images that appear on the box’s products.
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It was interesting to learn that each General Mills brand has their own unique story. Wheat Chex have always been a staple in my pantry. I love the crunchy texture. I often add it to my homemade trail mix.
It’s always so common to do a cookie swap or gift candies during the holiday season, but sometimes it feels like a sugar overload. This year I am packaging up this savory snack mix to pass out this year. I always like making something to pass out to everyone.
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DIY Chex Party Mix

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 14-16 1x
  • Category: snack

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup garlic-flavored bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips; set aside. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container. (OR Pre-heat oven to 250°. Put cereal and seasoning mixture into an ungreased roasting pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.)

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For other variations, try playing around with other spices.
I like to add 1/4 tsp cumin & 1/4 tsp chili powder to the mix.

Keywords: chex mix, snack

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Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread

Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads your guests will love.
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I was excited to enter this recipe contest sponsored by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership because I feel like seafood does not get enough love in the appetizer department. Also, I selfishly can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with for this contest to get even more seafood inspired recipe ideas.
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Yes, you may see the usual shrimp cocktail, or crab dip included in an appetizer spread. There are so many other seafood options to consider.

Why add more seafood into your weekly routine? 

Eating seafood twice a week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause. Studies show it may reduce your risk of heart disease, plus it gives you more energy throughout the day. (Source)

My feeling is the general population knows they should eat more seafood, but not sure how to prepare it. From delicate, mild flounder to rich, flavorful salmon, or sweet and savory shrimp, seafood can please any palate. Seafood fits with all of your favorite flavors – it can be incorporated into a spicy Latin dish, flavorful Creole recipe, light, and refreshing salad, or a rich Italian pasta bowl.
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I’ve loved smoked salmon ever since I was introduced to it when I worked at a local bagel shop in high school. It has a silky, buttery, texture balanced with a not so fishy, smokiness flavor. All seafood, including smoked salmon, is one of the leanest sources of protein and a superfood packed with nutrients such as omega-3s, which is essential for your good heart health.
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 The Great Debate: Farm-Raised or Wild Caught:

I get this question often and I never tell anyone one way or another, but rather to help them educate themselves.  The Seafood Nutrition Partnership collaborates with FishWatch.gov who provides easy-to-understand facts about the science and management behind U.S. seafood and tips on how to make educated seafood choices. Helping everyone—from chefs to consumers—understand sustainable seafood.

Also, check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. They make recommendations, in your area, showing you which seafood items are “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” This list is constantly being updated as things are changing.

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Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 8 appetizer pieces 1x
  • Category: appetizer

Description

Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 whole grain naan
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 6 oz. smoked salmon
  • 1/2 of an avocado, sliced thinly
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking cheese with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, dill, garlic, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix well.
  3. Spread evenly over both pieces of naan bread. Top with onion slices.
  4. Bake naan in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges and bottom of the naan are crisp.
  5. Remove naan from the oven. Let slightly cool.
  6. In a small bowl, toss arugula with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Top naan with arugula, salmon, and avocado. Cut each naan into 4 appetizer size slices. Serve.

Keywords: smoked salmon, flatbread, appetizer

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Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

Craving a crunchy snack? Try these homemade Crispy Garlic Chickpeas.

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Chickpeas are always a staple in my pantry. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, I use chickpeas in a lot of my recipes, like my Chickpea Walnut Sandwich or my Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute. I’ve even put them into desserts, like my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cookie Dough Bites.

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Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, is a popular legume across many cuisines. These versatile legumes are also packed with high-quality plant protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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Grab these for a protein-packed snack or top on a salad. I always tell clients to make these to top their salads when they are looking for a crunch factor in place of croutons.

The best part, you can customize these with any flavor you like! Craving sweet? Try roasting the chickpeas with a little cinnamon and sugar. Looking to add a little heat? Add a little chili powder to the mix.

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What flavor combination would you try for crispy chickpeas first?

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Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Category: snack

Description

Craving a crunchy snack? Try these homemade Crispy Garlic Chickpeas.


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Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Dry chickpeas thoroughly. In a bowl, toss the chickpeas with olive oil and lemon to coat. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt. Toss again.
  3. Transfer chickpeas in an even layer to the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Let cool for at least 1 hour, which will make the chickpeas crunchier as they cool.

Keywords: snack, plant-based, chickpeas

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Slow Cooker Thai Meatballs

Looking for a new appetizer idea? Set it and forget it! These Slow Cooker Thai Meatballs are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy that everyone will keep coming back for.
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By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by SPLENDA® Sweeteners and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
This past weekend, my family did our second annual fantasy football draft. I am feeling pretty good about my picks. There is a trophy on the line and I want bragging rights this year.
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With football season about to start, it’s got me thinking of new recipes for Sunday football game gatherings. Let’s be honest, if my team isn’t playing, I’m mainly just there for the food.

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These Slow Cooker Thai Meatballs have the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, sweetened with SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend and adds a kick of spice with Thai chili sauce. SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend is made from only 2 non-GMO ingredients: stevia & cane sugar. With 50% Fewer calories than sugar, a 1⁄2 teaspoon of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend gives you the same amount of sweetness as a full teaspoon of traditional sugar. Bonus – it has no bitter aftertaste that you sometimes get with other artificial or alternative sweeteners.
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Slow Cooker Thai Meatballs

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Thai

Description

Set it and forget it! These Slow Cooker Thai Meatballs are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy that everyone will keep coming back for.


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Ingredients

  • 3 stalks lemongrass, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2/3 cup Thai chili sauce
  • ¼ cup SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend
  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 lbs. ground chicken breast
  • 1 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup chives, divided
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • (optional) fresh lime wedges, to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine lemongrass, shallots, garlic, ginger, and hoisin sauce. Process the mixture until it forms a paste.
  2. In a small sauté pan add half the paste, reserving the remaining half for the meatballs. Cook stirring until fragrant. Remove from the pan and add to a slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the chili sauce, SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and water with the paste in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, or until reduced by half.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the remaining paste, ground chicken, panko, egg, ¼ cup of the chives, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Mix meatball mixture until well combined. If the mixture is too wet, add more panko.
  5. Roll meatballs into golf ball size meatballs; line on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, until beginning to brown.
  6. Add meatballs to the slow cooker for the last 30 minutes of cooking, stirring to coat.
  7. In a small bowl, combine remaining chives and peanuts. Slice limes.
  8. Once the timer is up, sprinkle meatballs with the peanuts and chives. Serve meatballs with lime wedges.

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Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip

May 13th is National Hummus Day! Celebrate with this Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip.Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchen
Disclosure: I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
While it is perfectly acceptable to simply open a container of Sabra hummus and dive right in, to celebrate National Hummus Day, did you know hummus is very versatile in the kitchen?

Hummus = Happiness

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I’ve recently been loving adding hummus to dressing and marinades. It adds great flavor and helps thicken it to create a creamy dressing. I recently made a lemon hummus tahini dressing for a grilled caesar salad recipe. So good!
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Hummus is also an interesting idea for a coating in place of your typical dredging mixture. Next time you bread chicken cutlets, skip the milk and egg mixture and roll in a thin layer of hummus, then coat in a crunchy topping.

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Don’t stop there! Hummus is also great in dip recipes to replace saturated fats with a heart-healthy plant-based protein hummus. A traditional warm spinach dip has at least one or a mixture of these calorically dense ingredients: cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream. This Cheesy Hummus Spinach dip is just as creamy with swapping in hummus instead.
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What is your favorite Sabra hummus flavor? My top three favorites are the classic, roasted red pepper, and olive tapenade. I recently saw a lemon twist flavor that I definitely need to try.

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Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) container Sabra Classic Hummus
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped + additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Combine Sabra Classis Hummus, garlic, spinach, cheddar cheese, Italian seasonings, and scallions. Spread into small casserole dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese on top is melted.
  4. Top with additional green onions and serve with pita crackers or vegetables.

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Balsamic Roasted Almonds + Fun Facts about Almonds

This past September I traveled to California for the first time. I was so fortunate that California Almond Board invited me on an amazing trip to the almond orchards in Lodi, California with a group of amazing Registered Dietitians and food bloggers. We learned a wealth of information of all things almonds, including sustainability, growing methods, almond life cycles and nutrition research. Fun Facts About Almonds via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenDisclosure: I was provided with free travel and accommodations to the California Almond Orchard experience. I was not additionally compensated for my time or to write this post. 
Ever wonder where those almonds that are in your trail mix, granola bars, and cereals are from? The almond lifecycle has many stages before they end up in your kitchen cabinets.
Did you know, there are more than 30 different varieties of almonds? 10 of them comprise the majority of almonds produced in California.Fun Facts About Almonds via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
80% of the world’s almonds are produced in California, and from raw almonds and almond butter to almond flour, almond milk, and almond oil. The Central Valley of California is the perfect spot for almonds to grow due to their mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
The Almond Lifecycle:
November – February: Almond trees go through a period of dormancy when the cold weather lets them sit back, relax and store up almond nutrients for next year’s crop.
Late February – early March: Almond tree buds burst into light pink and white blooms in preparation for pollination. Nonpareils are among the first to bloom, while other varieties, such as Carmel and Mission, bloom later.
Many almond trees are not self-pollinating, so bees provide the missing piece of the puzzle. Populations of bees are brought to the orchard to carry pollen and initiate crop development.
March – June: Almonds continue to mature, with the shell hardening and kernel forming. Also at this time, green almonds are harvested for various culinary uses.Fun Facts About Almonds via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenJuly – early August: Almond hulls begin to split open exposing the almond shell and allowing it to dry. Shortly before harvest, the hulls open completely.
Mid-August through October: Mechanical tree “shakers” harvest the almonds by vigorously shaking them to the ground. The almonds then dry naturally for 8–10 days in the orchard before they are swept into rows and picked up by machine.Fun Facts About Almonds via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenAfter harvest, almonds go to a huller/sheller where the kernels pass through a roller to remove the hull, shell, and any remaining debris. Next stop: the handler for sizing, where the almond kernels drop into separate bins according to size.
After sizing, almonds are kept in controlled storage conditions to maintain quality until they’re either shipped or further processed into any variety of different almond forms for diverse culinary uses. (source: California Almonds)Fun Facts About Almonds via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
Did you know – Almond trees are grafted on the roots of peach or plum trees for a stronger root base. The almond trees are grown in a nursery, then grafted onto the root of a peach or plum tree to grow to maturity. Through the orchard you are able to see the point where they were grafted since they overlap each other. 
Fun Facts About Almonds via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenDid you know there are three parts to an almond? The hull, shell, and kernel make up this mighty little nut and all parts are used. The hull is the dry and fuzzy outer later. Hulls are sold as livestock feed, which reduces the amount of water used to grow other feed crops. The shells go to various alternative farming uses such as livestock bedding. The kernel, which most think of when thinking about almonds, is the nutrient-rich almond we eat. Each serving (28 g) contains 6 grams of energy-packed protein, 4 grams of hunger-fighting fiber, 13 grams of “good” unsaturated fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat.

Now that I have you craving almonds, here is a delicious recipe to jazz up your almond snacks. Try these Balsamic Roasted Almonds. Just a few simple ingredients and snack time is jazzed up a little.
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Warning: these almonds are addicting. The whole batch was gone in less than a week. Add them to salads, pair with a piece of fruit, the possibilities are endless. Be on the look out for another recipe soon using these almonds!
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Balsamic Roasted Almonds + Fun Facts about Almonds

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 8 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon rosemary, very finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place almonds in a small bowl. Pour the balsamic vinegar into the bowl, stir to coat the almonds. Let sit for one hour.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350˚. Drain the vinegar from the almonds and pat almonds dry. Add sea salt and rosemary to the bowl and stir well to coat the almonds evenly. Spread almonds evenly onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes (stir the almonds halfway through cooking).
  3. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Store almonds in an airtight container.

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Thank you California Almonds for this amazing experience! To learn more about California Almonds check out their website. They have great resources for health professionals!

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Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie

A balance of savory and sweet, this Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie is a festive appetizer your guests will love.
Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenDisclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Welp, it’s official. The holiday season is here! If you didn’t know, I work as a Supermarket RD and the grocery store is on top of the holiday season craze. The second Halloween was over, those shelves cleared out to the clearance rack and the Thanksgiving/Christmas decorations and food items are filling the shelves to the brim.
Being a food blogger, I am ahead of the game too, testing recipes for the holiday season already. The holiday season is my favorite time of year! It’s all about family, friends, and FOOD!
Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenI know that nutrition is not everyone’s top concern during the holidays. While it’s okay to indulge a little on holidays, I still always want to add a nutrition punch to my flavorful recipe creations.
Did you know? Wild blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants grow wild and are genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading naturally across fields called barrens, giving Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor with a mix of tart and sweet.
Make sure to stop over to the frozen section of the grocery store tour, because that is where you’ll find Wild Blueberries. Wild Blueberries are different from cultivated blueberries. For one, they are smaller than your regular blueberry and you can’t find them in the produce aisle. The Wild Blueberry crop (99% of it) is frozen. The little berries are individually quick frozen (IQF) at harvest locking in their nutrition and taste.

Since the Wild Blueberries are frozen when warmed it does create more moisture. Too much moisture will create a soggy pastry crust. A simple (and healthy hack) is to add chia seeds to help thicken the Wild Blueberry mixture.
Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenYes, I know you’ll be excited to share these new Wild Blueberry facts at your holiday party. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of time because everyone will be huddled around this appetizer dish digging in for more.

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Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Description

A balance of savory and sweet, this Wild Blueberry & Rosemary Stuffed Baked Brie is a festive appetizer your guests will love.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 12-ounce wheel of brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry defrosted
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. In a small pot over low-medium heat, combine wild blueberries, honey, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest and chia seeds. Let simmer for about 10 minutes until mixture thickens. Let cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Roll the puff pastry into 12×12 inch square. Slice brie horizontally. Place of the brie, rind side down in the middle of the puff pastry. Add blueberry mixture evenly over brie. Place the other half of brie gently on top the blueberry mixture to cover.
  4. Fold up the corners of puff pastry one at a time, brushing all the dough with the egg wash as you go, using it as the glue to hold the pastry together. Continue to brush the egg wash over the top and sides of the dough after formed.
  5. Bake the brie at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then carefully pull the oven rack out without removing the brie from the oven. Quickly drizzle with remaining honey and sprinkle with the remaining almond slices. Slide the Brie back in the oven and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Top with the remaining wild blueberry mixture and garnish with rosemary. Serve warm.

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