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Roasted Rosemary Almonds

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Roasted Rosemary Almonds by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Tired of shelling out big bucks for the roasted rosemary almonds from Oren’s Kitchen, my hubby decided to roast some himself. He’s very resourceful, that one.

How’d they turn out?

Let’s just say we were mindlessly noshing on these nuts like rabid squirrels…

Follow the jump for the recipe!

Gather these ingredients to make 2 cups:

  • 2 cups skin-on whole raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee

Here’s what you do:

Assemble your ingredients…

Roasted Rosemary Almonds by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Roasted Rosemary Almonds by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and melt the butter in large skillet over medium-low heat.

Once the butter starts bubbling, throw in the almonds (making sure they’re in a single layer) and stir until coated.

Add rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Roasted Rosemary Almonds by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Toast the almonds in the skillet, stirring often, until slightly darkened and aromatic (about 8 to 12 minutes).

Roasted Rosemary Almonds by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Remove almonds and place on paper towel until cooled to room temperature. 

Store these yummy seasoned nuts in a sealed Tupperware container. On the highest shelf in your pantry. Locked in a safe. Otherwise, they’ll be gone in a heartbeat. 

Remember? Nuts should only be a sometimes treat.

Paleo Eats: 6/16/11 (Fifth Day In Kauai)

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When we woke up this morning, we retuned to Ono Family Restaurant but this time we brought the whole gang. I mean the place IS called Ono FAMILY Restaurant so it just felt right to come with our motley crew.

For breakfast, hubby and I split two omelets: one filled with bacon and avocado…

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…and the other stuffed with spinach and mushroom.

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Again, we subbed out the starches with fruit or steamed vegetables.

After moseying around Koloa Town and Poipu in the morning, we retuned home and repurposed a bunch of leftovers into a tasty lunch.

My sister transformed the sweet potato hash into a delicious frittata and I plated a slice along with tomato and green bean salad, roasted broccoli and garlic, and half a chicken apple sausage.

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At snacktime, I cut off a hunk of frozen coconut milk…

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…and ate it like a popsicle along with some macadamia nuts and dark chocolate.

Wow! This treat was a really yummy indulgence. I’m gonna scope out the Asian grocery stores in the Bay Area to see if they carry this item in the freezer section. The only ingredients are coconut and water and you don’t have to worry about BPA!

For dinner, my chef sister whipped up some macadamia nut oil mayonnaise by just eyeballing the measurements…

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…and crafted her own version of a simple crab salad.

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She served the salad with a zesty cole slaw…

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and sliced avocado sprinkled with sea salt.

My minor contribution to dinner was roasted Alii mushrooms tossed with Aloha Spice Company’s Pele Fire Hawaiian seasoning salt.

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Here’s my dinner plate:

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After watching my sister finesse her way in the kitchen all week, I realized that I have a shitload to bone up on. She’s an amazing chef with an impeccable palate and mad skillz. I’ve been prodding her to use her super powers for good (Paleo personal chef!) instead of evil (vegetarian/vegan recipe developer) and I think I’m making some headway. Trust me – if any one in the Los Angeles area needs a badass caterer or personal chef, my sis is absolutely amazing. I miss living in the same city as her and mooching her onolicious food…

Paleo Eats: 6/14/11 (Third Day In Kauai)

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Another fun and relaxing day in Kauai…

We woke up this morning at the crack of dawn since the kiddies don’t know you’re supposed to sleep in past 5:00 a.m. when you’re on vacation. Since everyone was awake, my sis and I cooked breakfast together. She threw together a purple sweet potato and onion hash…

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…and I made a frittata with leftover Kalua pig, sautéed local Alii mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and onions.

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Another tasty Paleo breakfast brought to you by Costco…

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We spent the morning swimming in the pool and I grazed on nibbles at every turn. I snacked on a Paleo Kit, homemade smoked wild salmon (courtesy of my absent brother-in-law), leftover roasted broccoli…

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…and spicy poke from Fish Express.

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I gotta admit that the spicy poke was not my favorite even though I tried to salvage it with some extra seasoning, avocado, and chopped mac nuts.

For lunch, I chowed on leftovers: Kalua pig, braised cabbage, green beans, and sliced tomatoes.

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I was excited to check out the Waipa farmer’s market in the afternoon but even though there was a large sweaty crowd waiting to stream in exactly at 2:00 p.m….

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…the pickings were slim and the prices were astronomical. I bought myself a fresh coconut because it was so flipping hot — but it cost me $6!

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I was really disappointed with the market and probably won’t be checking out any more this week.

Afterwards, we headed to Banana Joe’s

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…where we ate some frosties (frozen banana, pineapple, or both pushed through a juicer)…

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…and we checked out their goodies.

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This small shack is chock full of Paleo goodies: pastured eggs, organic produce, assorted macadamia nut oils, spice blends, and roasted macadamia nut butter. Love this place!

Then, we stopped by Kilauea Fish Market where we picked up some fresh raw prawns.

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At dinnertime, my sis and I divided cooking duties again. I was in charge of the proteins so I sautéed prawns and onions seasoned with Aloha Spice Company’s organic aloha seafood seasoning…

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…and nuked the remaining lau lau.

My sis prepared a green salad tossed with a yummy, perfectly-balanced vinaigrette…

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…and a zesty tomato and green bean salad.

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Here’s my dinner plate:

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Eek! Our vacation is half over! 

Paleo Eats: 6/12/11 (First Day In Kauai)

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Traveling with kids is never a bowl of cherries – especially if the little ones are dragged out of bed at 5:20 a.m. Luckily, my kiddos are becoming better travelers — provided we zombify them with iPads or iPhones.

So what did I eat today?

Pickings were slim at Mineta San Jose International Airport, but I picked up a chef salad before boarding the plane. While en route to Kauai, I chowed on a grass fed Paleo Kit, the chef salad…

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…some strawberries, and assorted nuts.

I love, love, love flying Alaska airlines to Kauai! The flight attendants were super-nice, the price for a direct flight was reasonable, and they passed out complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts as a snack! My mom was stoked that they gave out free Mai Tais, too…

After we arrived in Kauai, we stopped by Costco on our way to our rental house. I love Costco but I REALLY love Costco in Hawaii. Why? Because you can stock up on the same great Paleo goodies available at home AND plenty of unique local items, too – for a lot less money than any where else on the island! Plus, they carry tons and tons of macadamia nuts. I went a little nuts (pun!) and ended up filling TWO shopping carts with meat and veggies.

When we got home, we loaded all our cold items into the fridge…

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…and I ate some garlic shrimp poke and limu poke (Pro Tip: skip the limu poke).

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I also shoveled some mac nuts and coconut flakes into my mouth before we returned to the airport to pick up my sister.

We spent the rest of the day soaking in the pool, so we wanted to throw together something quick and hearty for dinner. We reheated the chicken and pork lau lau we bought at Costco…

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microwaved some steamed green beans with butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice…

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…and my sis created a delicious salad (shaved asparagus, greens, local tomatoes, and a simple homemade vinaigrette).

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Here’s my dinner plate:

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The chicken lau lau was good, but the pork lau lau was really tasty — it was definitely the bigger crowd-pleaser.

After dinner, I baked some Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes

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…because Fitbomb and I were planning on hitting Kauai CrossFit in the morning, and we needed some starchy post-workout carbs at the ready.

Can you believe all my eats in Kauai today were courtesy of Costco? Awesome.

Paleo Eats: 5/21/11

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Wanna check out what I ate today?

The only thing I ate at work was some leftover semi-homemade meatballs and sautéed spinach.

I wasn’t super hungry so I didn’t eat a snack or the second meal I brought for work.

After I left the hospital, I met up with the kids and my hubby for brunch (or dinner for moi) at Rick’s. I ordered a plate of steak and eggs with a side salad.

Again, my meal was mediocre but the friendly and efficient service trumps the food quality.

When I woke up in the evening, I snacked on some tasty Paleo-friendly nuts that hubby bought at the Ferry Building this morning.

Yes, I know I should minimize my nut intake because of the omega-6 fatty acids but these nuts are yummy and I eat them in moderation. 

For dinner, I made some Asian almond chicken salad with the roast chicken I bought on sale at Whole Foods yesterday.

The dressing was yummy but the chicken was super dry. Ick. I guess you get what you pay for!

Since we’re going out to dinner tomorrow night, I made a frittata with ham and nuked frozen broccoli…

…so I’d have something to bring to work the following night.

After we put the kids to bed and I finished packing my stuff for work, I did a half-Cindy in the garage. Wow – a 10 minute workout can really wipe me out. As a post workout snack, I ate a couple slices of Applegate Farms organic roast beef and some chestnuts before heading to work.

Hasta la vista, baby! (That sounds so damn dirty in light of Ah-nold’s shenanigans.)