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Somethin' Good is Always Cookin' (Recipes)

The Best Pea Soup

3 quarts water
1 pound green peas, dried
3 carrots
2 large potatoes, cubed
1 stalk celery
2 bay leaves
1 large onion, chopped and brown
3 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoon basil
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 ham bone

Add all ingredients to soup pot, cover and cook 3–4 hours. Remove ham bone from soup and cube. Set aside. Puree soup in blender and return to pot. Add in cubed ham. Serve with croutons.

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipe
Hot and Spicy Almonds

Ideal for snacking these toasted almonds are equally as good with pecan halves (or use your favorite nut); these are coated in a mixture of sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, allspice and coriander.
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cayenne,
(1/4 teaspoon for mild, optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 large egg white
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups whole almonds or pecan halves

In a bowl, mix sugar, cayenne, teaspoon salt, ground coriander, ground cinnamon and allspice. Whisk in 1 large egg white and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Stir in 2 cups pecan halves.

Spread nuts in a single layer in an oiled nonstick 10-by-15-inch baking pan. Bake in a 300° regular or convection oven, stirring occasionally, until nuts are crisp and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

Let cool about 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to loosen nuts from pan; cool completely. Serve or store airtight in the refrigerator for to 2 weeks

Yield: Makes about 2 cups (8 - 3 cup servings)

Nutrition Facts per 3 cup servings: 240 calories, 22g total heartprotecting fat (2g saturated fat) 0mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 3g protein

Nut Tips - The power of nuts - Antioxidants (Vitamin E)

  • Pecans rank highest among all nuts and are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. (Journal of Ag and Food Chemistry)
  • Nuts may help delay the progression of age-related motor neuron degeneration from diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Nuts protect against cell damage, may decrease the risk of some forms of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease
  • Nuts also help to inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping to prevent coronary heart disease. (Journal of Nutrition Research)
  • Almonds are lowest in calories in the nut family. All nuts are naturally high in healthy antioxidants and healthy oils. Walnuts contain omega 3 oils.

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