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Wed Feb 17, 2016, 12:48 PM


Nuts and seeds

I'm always looking for ways to eat healthy and that means less meat and more veggies. Beans and legumes are good ways to incorporate plant protein into our diets and I substitute wherever I can. However, for the sake of ingesting more omega-3 fatty acids, I'm turning to nuts and seeds these days. I eat nut butters, put nuts in salads, on top of oatmeal and in stir fry dishes. I'm also using chia seeds in smoothies. Chobani yogurts have those new "flip" containers, many with nuts in them. Some salsas even use nuts and seeds and they are very delicious too.

Do you have any recipes or thoughts on how to eat more of these?

Here's one of my new finds:

Pumpkin Seed Salsa (Sikil P'ak)


1 1⁄4 cups raw, unhulled pumpkin seeds (available at nuts.com)

 2 plum tomatoes, cored

 1 habanero chile, stemmed (or less hot chile)

 3 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

 3 tbsp. finely chopped chives

 Kosher salt, to taste


1 Heat an 8″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds, and cook, swirling pan often, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, and process until smooth, about 45 seconds; set aside.

2 Return skillet to heat and add tomatoes and chile; cook, turning as needed, until charred all over, about 5 minutes for the chile, 7 minutes for the tomatoes. Transfer to food processor with pumpkin seeds along with cilantro, chives, and salt, and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, and serve at room temperature.

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