Stop Grabbing Your Nuts
<insert “that’s what she said” joke here>
I’ve had nuts on my mind.
(In addition to having an already nutty mind.)
Not only have I been trying to re-create my neighbor’s “Sweetly Spiced Nuts” (I’ll share the recipe below)….
But Mostly because I read this allegory on Nourishing The Soul about Monkeys and Nuts that I RELATE ENTIRELY to.
(Me being the kind of woman that easily relates to Monkeys and Nuts).
Its appropriately entitled “Letting Go of What is Trapping You.”
It’s a must read (please?) but If you’re in a rush, here’s the break down:
- Hunters discovered a clever way to trap monkeys by using the monkeys against themselves.
- They cut a hole just big enough for a monkey’s hand to fit inside a coconut and fill it with a monkey’s favorite nuts.
- The monkey reaches in, grabs a fistful of nuts and….low and behold….cannot fit their clenched fist through the hole.
- They struggle and struggle…but they are stuck. They hold on to their nuts so resolutely, they cannot see this is the one thing that prevents them from being free.
- When they are completely exhausted, desperate and frightened…they relax their grip on the nuts.
- And they find themselves free.
While holding on to their nuts, the monkeys were stuck no matter how hard they tried to be free. As soon as they relaxed, surrendered, and let go of the things they thought they needed…
they were free.
I’ve got a lot of nuts to let go of if I am gonna do this recovery thing.
But first I can sweeten them up a bit.
In a sugar-free way, of course.
Neighborly Sweetly Spiced Nuts
My neighbor made these awesome nuts which my father loved and I have decided to re-create in a sugar-free way.
12 oz raw pecans, almonds whatevah.
1 egg white
1 t water
1 C sugar (I used Truvia)
1t sea salt
Beat the egg whites and water till frothy.
FOLD (do not stir) in the nuts until coated.
Mix the “sugar” and spices in a bowl.
(As a general rule- fresh nutmeg > dried nutmeg. Trust Me.)
Pour the mixture into the nuts 1/4 at a time and bake 250 degrees for 1 hour, stir every 20.
Results: I halved the nuts in the recipe but not anything else (whoops) and wasn’t sure how to adjust the bake time so I they were not perfect.
But they sure tasted good.
I was dying to give these to my dad, who has been eating almonds non-stop as he in on a no-carb kick (*GROAN* I Know!). Evidently, in my family, having an eating disorder strips you of your rights to dish advice on diet and nutrition. (0:
Anyway, he liked them! My next nutty adventure will be a savory spiced nut…I’m thinking rosemary and thyme.