Celebrate National Nutrition Month 2021 with these nutrition-packed and satisfying recipes.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, looking for new ways to embrace healthy habits, or just motivated by all the nutrition-related conversations around National Nutrition Month 2021 this September, this special recipe compilation is for you!
Good nutrition is the base for all of the things mentioned above, and hence, an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. One can’t stress on its importance enough, regardless of what your health and fitness goals are. Nutrients from food help nourish and nurture your body and mind to improve well-being, maintain the immune system, keep you energized, delay effects of aging, and also reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
These three recipes are nutritious, wholesome, and can be whipped up in no time using pantry staples like California walnuts, which are rich in nutrients such as heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber. So go on and get cooking!
Creamy Walnut, Thyme, and Mushrooms On Toast
Our version of mushrooms on toast can be a nutritious breakfast or lunch, as walnuts are a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and make you feel full for longer. Start with a toasted slice of whole grain sourdough bread and load it up with mushrooms cooked in avocado oil with a creamy walnut and shallot mixture.
1 teaspoon avocado oil
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup California walnuts
700g mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped and divided
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon avocado oil
8 slices whole-grain sourdough bread (or any other kind)
1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, minced garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes.
2. Stir in the walnuts and half of black pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes or until beginning to brown. Remove from heat.
3. Remove half of the walnut mixture and put it in a blender. Add water, half of thyme, and lemon juice to the blender. Blend until you have a creamy mixture. Set aside.
4. Add the thinly sliced mushrooms, remaining salt, and pepper to the remaining shallot, garlic, and walnut mixture in the pan. Cook and stir mushrooms for about 5 minutes. Add the fresh thyme leaves; stir and remove from heat.
5. When you are ready to eat, heat oil in a medium-sized iron skillet over medium heat. Cook bread slices 2 minutes per side until beginning to brown.
6. Spread 1 tablespoon of blended walnut/shallot/garlic cream over toast, top with 2 tablespoons mushroom mixture over the creamed toast. Enjoy the warmth.
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Walnut Gremolata
Probably, one of the easiest recipes on this list, the roasted cauliflower steak with walnut gremolata is a flavor bomb. Think the sweetness of cauliflower, crunchiness of walnuts, punch of garlic and lemon zest, and freshness of parsley.
For the cauliflower:
1 large head cauliflower
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
For the gremolata:
1/2 cup California walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup parsley, lightly packed
1 clove garlic, minced
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 250°C and line a baking sheet with foil. Remove the outer green leaves from the cauliflower and cut in half lengthwise. Carefully cut into 4 thick steaks and place steaks and any loose florets on the baking sheet.
2. Drizzle or brush on both sides with oil. Mix all seasoning in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly on both sides of cauliflower.
3. Cover with foil and roast for 5 minutes. Remove foil and roast for 10 minutes more. Gently turn cauliflower over and cook for 6 to 8 minutes more or until browned and crisp-tender.
4. While cauliflower is roasting, toast walnuts in a small skillet for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Let cool and toss with remaining gremolata ingredients in a small bowl.
5. Serve immediately over cauliflower steaks.
Spinach Pancakes With Cottage Cheese, Walnuts And Honey
Want to start eating healthy but can’t give up your short stack of pancakes? Try our version, and you won’t have to skip them from your breakfast rotation. Oat flakes, milk, spinach, vanilla extract, and California walnuts are blended until smooth to make these delectable pancakes. And these are finished off with a generous drizzle of honey, some cottage cheese, and more walnuts!
100g oat flakes
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
100g California Walnuts
1. Mix all the ingredients into the blender, until smooth
2. Spread some butter on a saucepan and olive oil. Pour some batter on the pan. Cook the pancake until it begins to bubble, do the same with the other side for two minutes more. Prepare pancakes from the remaining batter.
3. Serve it accompanied with cottage cheese, walnuts, and honey.