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Maple-Spiced Walnuts

A nutty recipe just in time for Christmas gatherings! The holidays might make me a little nutty but these 2 can usually save my day! Read past the cuteness for the newest recipe from The Quiet Gut.

Pecans, walnuts, macadamia, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, flax seeds. What’s your favorite?

I typically lean towards pecans because my parents have 2 huge pecan trees in their backyard that produces more pecans than I can eat in my lifetime & boy are they delish! For this recipe however, I stuck with the walnuts & I’ve got to tell you, walnuts aren’t just for baking! They’ve now made my top 3 list!

I made these Maple-Spiced Walnuts for Thanksgiving at my in-laws house. They just sounded like a holiday snack.

Here’s my OCD ingredient gathering at its best ?

I also apparently enjoy staring at separated spices. Now you see them….

Now you don’t!

Since you’ve gathered all your ingredients & mixed your yummo spices, ¬†your safe to start the liquids warming in your large skillet. Don’t scrimp on skillet size or you won’t be able to coat the walnuts properly & the seasoning is so good you’ll want them covered!

Combine the maple syrup, olive oil (I prefer to use EVOO) & water, heating for 5 minutes.

Add the walnuts & make sure to coat in the liquid before you start dropping your magic seasoning on top. Once you’ve thoroughly coated your walnuts, allow them to hang out & brown in the pan for approximately 3ish mins. I say ish because my started to scorch by 2:30 mins.

Promptly lay your ¬†deliciousness out on a pan lined with parchment paper (or foil, because that’s all I had & it didn’t stick) so the nuts can cool & you can admire your handy work!

So, what did the family have to say about the Maple-Spiced Walnuts? One family member said that it was spicy but good. On the spice front, my family & Chad’s family have a different taste for spice. My dad likes ghost pepper salsa so cayenne would probably have been better for Christmas at my parents.

My opinion of the walnuts, remove the coriander & use more sugar, salt & cumin. I also would add additional liquid so the chances of scorching are lower.

Overall, I would rate this recipe a 5 but the small changes I mentioned could bump it up to “Christmas at my parents house” status.

Colitis · Health · Recipes · Smoothie

Berry & Chia Seed Smoothie

I LOVE berries!!! All kinds of berries! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & of course raspberries so when I found this recipe, I just had to try it. I love it mainly because I can mix it in my Nutribullet RX and its portable. I love it double because berries contain antioxidents which are fantastic for your skin! Win-win!

This is the most awkward looking addition to a smoothie! I’ve never eaten chia seeds & I almost didn’t because they just look awkward! When I finally found them at Natural Grocers, I was hesitant to even put them in the smoothie because they look like small black beans and who wants beans in their breakfast? But, they add a protein boost so I took a shot at it. They’re really pretty good!

I’ve also never tried rice milk & the taste is a lot like almond milk but the consistency is much thinner, almost transparent in color and definately not sweet so your berries will make up for that.

I LOVE berries!!! All kinds of berries! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & of course raspberries & you can use whatever berries you love in this recipe. I stuck to the recipe of blueberries & strawberries, but like I said, use what berries your belly loves!

Taken from The Quit Gut Cookbook.

I’m an ingredient gatherer so I have to have everything on the counter & measured to the extent that I can before I start mixing. It’s ok to be an ingredient gatherer, it reduces my stress during cooking. I have way too many times started cooking and didn’t have all the ingredients. My brain tells me there’s substitute ingredients all around my kitchen but my belly says “make the recipe right!”

Start off with 2 tbsp of chia seeds soaking in 1/2 cup unsweetened rice milk for approximately 10 mins or the same amount of time that it took me to unload the dishwasher & wake Luke up from his nap before the mixing noise began. The chia seeds will thicken & be somewhat sticky so you can rinse them from the bowl as you add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of rice milk.

This picture reminded me that I could really use some way cuter measuring cups & spoons!

So next, add a cup, a cup, a 1 1/2 cup (my tribute to Steal Magnolias).

  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Oh, & by the way, a blender is not my favorite mixing tool even though the recipe calls for a blender. This bad boy is! The Nutribullet RX is fantabulous (I make no money for this endorsement)!!! It’s so much more fancy than my original Nutibullet that I’ve had for 3 or so years. It mixes itself when you put it on the base & then shuts off.

So it’s time to blend, whichever way you choose. Mix until all ingredients are blended together well, or your Nutribullet RX shuts off.

My tough critics gave it a taste. 2 year old taste buds loved it & kept asking for more. Chad was not big on it & said it needs sugar. Jaxson ran off when I asked him to try it. He’s not real big into trying new things. I agree with Chad, it needs more sugar so….my tip…..

Exchange sweetened rice milk for the unsweetened & add 1 to 2 tbsp of sugar if you want more sweet.

Overall, I would give this gut quenching smoothie a 7!


Technology Distractions!

Stress is the name of the game for my November. All my assignments just snuck up on me over the last 85 days!

Ok, ok, that’s a lie & I try not to tell lies.

My name is Terri & I’m a procrastinator! I’m really not sure how I ever graduated from college but I think it has to do with my inexperience with the internet (at that time) & its pull on the brain when your supposed to be researching. Shopping for Christmas is much more interesting than writing a research paper.

I best not leave out my handy little smart phone which I must check every time it beeps or vibrates or the screen lights up. I remind myself of my first mini-man who is slightly obsessed with Thomas the Train videos on YouTube, he feens for them, like I feen for my phone. Smart phones are becoming an addiction & you know you’ve got it bad when you accidentally leave it at home when you run to the store & you turn around to go back get it.

Modern technology is just not conducive to keeping my mind focused on class work!


Veteran’s Day

This Facebook memory popped up today…



There are not enough kind words, thank you’s or kind acts that can thank our military for what they’ve done to make America great but one small act or word can mean the world to those who have sacrificed for our country.


For all the acts of valor past & future, “the entire nation will forever be in their debt”. Love on our Veterans today! They deserve it!