I need more things like these Turmeric Cashews in my life. And I’ll tell you why.
I’ve been sharing literally every.single.thing.I.eat on my Instagram stories this week. It’s been a really interesting practice…not only for me, but I think also for you dear followers. I think you’ve learned that I don’t eat tons of cakes and treats (even though I’m a pastry chef,) I really do eat a lot of green things, not so many cookies (unless I’m riding a bike,) and that meals are ridiculously simple for me at home. You’ve also learned that when I’m on the brink of getting sick I drink LOTS of fresh juices, which I guess isn’t that different from when I’m not on the brink of getting sick….
What I’ve learned is that my eating patterns are a lot different than they used to be. When I was racing as a professional triathlete, training 25+ hours a week for endurance events I couldn’t wait for mealtimes. I spent lots of time thinking about my workouts, what I was going to eat, when I was going to eat it, how I was going to eat it. I no longer race, and I don’t really “train” anymore either. Fitting in a run/ride/swim/lift/hike is still an absolute priority, but it’s not the task that governs my day. Now, being in the kitchen is my priority, and planning meals and snacks around my kitchen tasks (usually cooking for other people, developing and testing recipes) is the challenge. This means I’m typically tasting and testing things a LOT, but not really sitting down to many meals.
As it turns out, the food itself isn’t different. I still want, crave and need quick, clean foods that fuel my body and brain. When I was training and racing, these were predominantly carbohydrates (which your body needs to rebuild and fuel workouts.) These days, something that doesn’t upset my stomach or my palate, and is the quickest, easiest way to get in calories and nutrients to keep me going in a creative direction, and can help me hop onto the bike when that work is done. And there in lies the beauty of fresh juices. AND, these Turmeric Cashews w/Nori + Sesame. Both are packed with nutrients, ready to travel, and clean, delicious sources of energy.
That said, while drinking juices can feel like tasting the rainbow (in the most woo woo way I can think of,) it’s not actually that much FUN to drink juice. These cashews are much more fun; they go with adult beverages quite well, pack up nicely for a hike or a road trip, they’re great to add to a spread at a party (these were on the menu I whipped up for the reception celebrating Strava’s move to Denver last week!) and they’re even great to keep in your pantry in case you need a quick and healthy snack or salad topping. The recipe below was inspired by one I read on Heidi Swanson’s site, 101Cookbooks, an absolute treasure trove of healthy ideas in my opinion.
Whether you’re planning a great SuperBowl party, strategizing healthy snacks for the week, or looking to work as many anti-inflammatory ingredients (like turmeric) into your diet, these are a great jumping off point into snack greatness. Enjoy!
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus more if needed
- 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste
- half an 8x8-inch sheet nori seaweed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black and white sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
- Toss the cashews with the oil and salt and toast in a 350F oven for 5-10 minutes, or until golden, tossing once along the way. Remove the cashews from the oven and toast the seaweed for a few minutes, just until barely fragrant. Allow the seaweed to cool and crisp, then crumble it with your hands. Combine the seaweed, sesame seeds, and cayenne in a mortar and pestle, and grind together to make a nice powder. Next, in a bowl (one that won't stain) toss the cashews with the sesame spices and turmeric. I find that hands are best for this, but be prepared for them to turn a bit yellow from the turmeric! If you need to add a few drops of sesame oil, do so to moisten things up a bit and to help the spices and seaweed stick to the cashews. Taste and adjust the seasonings, to taste. Enjoy!
- Makes 2 cups.