March 03, 2022
Looking for new ideas for Thanksgiving dinner? Try this amazing (and nutritious!) creation made with roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, cranberries, pecans, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Our Cranberry Crunch roasted and flavored pecans would be perfect in this dish, but you can also start with fresh Royalty Pecan halves and toast them yourself. This recipe was sent to us by Kimberley in North Carolina.
1-2 large sweet potatoes, cubed (about 1 ½ lbs.)
2 tablespoons olive oil plus 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 ½ cups Cranberry Crunch Royalty Pecans*
½ cup crumbled feta or blue cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a baking dish.
Place potatoes on the prepared dish and drizzle on 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat potatoes well and arrange them in one layer. Roast potatoes until golden brown (about 30 minutes) and set aside.
Create a homemade vinaigrette by combining honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and some salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine. Add 1/3 cup olive oil and whisk again to emulsify.
Place the spinach in a large mixing bowl and add half of the vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Place spinach on serving plates. Top with roasted potatoes, cranberries, pecans and cheese. Drizzle with the rest of the vinaigrette.
*To make your own toasted pecans:
Heat a small skillet over medium high heat. When the skillet is hot, add shelled Royalty Pecans and toss continuously until just barely golden. Remove from heat and pan immediately.
March 03, 2022
Winning Recipe | Healthiest Recipe
As some of you may already know, zucchini can offer more than just a low-calorie veggie side dish. This summer squash contains beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals, as well as the power to enhance your sweet breads and bran muffins. Add some nutritious pecans, whole grains, and other real food ingredients, and you have a delicious healthy snack. This recipe was submitted by Anne in Illinois. Find more of her wonderful recipes at Asquaredblog.com.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups shredded zucchini (unpeeled)
- 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup dry pitted dates, chopped
- 1 ¼ cups toasted Royalty Pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a muffin pan by either lightly coating the cups with cooking spray or lining each with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine flours, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well until ingredients are incorporated. Create a well in the center of the mixture. Set aside.
In a second bowl, combine eggs, zucchini, sugar, oil, and maple syrup. Pour into the well of the dry ingredients and stir until the entire mixture is moistened. Do not overmix. Fold in the chopped dates and pecans.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake for 27-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes about 18 muffins.
March 03, 2022
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