Sick of Snacking? 5 Ways to Use Almonds in the Kitchen

Are you a nut for nuts? I am! I love to snack on lots of different kinds of nuts, from almonds to peanuts and pecans to pistachios. But, I rarely use nuts when I’m cooking. My mind just never seems to equate a nut with a dinner meal. Now, that I’ve done some Recipe4Living research, I know that there are tons of way to cook with all different sorts of nuts. But rather than go through all of them–that would make us all a bit nutty-I’m sticking with almonds! I’ve found ways to use almonds in breakfasts, appetizers, dinners, sides and desserts!

Breakfast

Almond Lace Rolls – This simple rolls are quite elegant, for a party or to spoil your family.

Almond-Crusted Vanilla Cinnamon-Raisin-Swirl French Toast – One of the best things about French toast is how spectacular the results are compared with how easy it is to make.The only really tricky part is the actual dipping of the bread in the egg mixture.

Almond Caramel Buns – Nothing goes better then the rich taste of caramel and the crunchiness of almonds.

Appetizers

Almond Chicken and Dried Apricot Pita - This creative chicken salad makes a fabulous lunch or light dinner stuffed into a pita.

Chicken Almond Salad – This makes a great starter dish for a party. And it’s nice and healthy!

Chicken Almond Appetizer Soup – If using fresh pineapple, halve it lengthwise and reserve the hollowed halves for serving containers.

Dinner

Almond Chicken Extravaganza – This dish is delicious!

Almond Topped Chicken – Add some nutty and crunch to your everyday chicken dish.

Creamy Almond Chicken – The creamy sauce in this recipe is flavored with rosemary.

Sides

Almond Turkey Casserole – Shredded Swiss cheese, turkey, and broccoli are served on a bed of egg noodles and topped with crunchy toasted almonds.

Almond Mandarin Salad – Crunchy almonds and sweet mandarin oranges add special touches to this salad.

Almond Crusted Shrimp – Serve this deliciously coated shrimp as part of a meal with cooked barley or rice and a green vegetable.

Desserts

Almond Biscotti – This is a very basic cookie that goes beautifully with coffee or tea after dinner. The sweet crunch is very satisfying and perfect for dunking!

Almond Shortbread – Bess Gallanis Hayes of Winnetka, Illinois won an honorable mention in the 1996 Chicago Tribune Annual Holiday Cookie Contest with these Greek almond shortbread cookies.

Almond Macaroons – These macaroons are delicious and make a great snack!

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