Almonds are an excellent source of protein, which is definitely something to keep in mind when planning meatless recipes. They're also chock full of healthy oils, and they're versatile to boot! Because almonds can be purchased and used whole, chopped, slivered and powdered, and even in milk, butter and oil forms, you'll be surprised at how many different recipes can use them in different ways.
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Our organic blood orange almond vinaigrette is perfect for topping your salads. The almond oil adds protein and nutty flavor. You can also add slivered almonds to the final salad, for even more flavor and added crunch!
Jamie Oliver's roasted cauliflower with cumin, coriander and almonds is a creative, easy-to-make play on a classic Indian dish. The spices evoke several different curries you might find in Indian recipes, but the homemade quality of this recipe means that you control every element of it, including where you buy your ingredients. The almonds help bring out the natural nuttiness of the cauliflower, which becomes even more pronounced when it is roasted!
This spinach-quinoa salad with cherries and almonds packs a double-protein punch! Both the almonds and the quinoa lend protein to this salad, while cherries and spinach add color. The bright, sweet flavor of the cherries makes this salad stand out from the rest. Cherries and almonds are a classic pairing; not only are they members of the same family--almonds can be found at the center of the pit of a stone fruit that resembles a very small, oblong peach--but cherries have a slightly almondy flavor that comes out when almonds themselves join the party.
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Our very own chocolate chip cookies are vegan and no-bake! Almonds and coconut flavor these exotic cookies, which are a snap to make: almond butter holds them together, while whole almonds and raw oats give them texture.