Thyme Roasted Walnuts

Brrrr! I think just about everyone can agree that winter is officially here...  

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It hit me when I laced up my shoes to go on a  long morning run. As I started out, the bitter cold went right through my gloves, hat and layers... and just stuck there. I found myself wondering, one - why the heck do I run again?! And then two - looking at the morning sun streaming through the trees, reflecting off the park's snow, and as I waved to a group of runners, I realized the feeling I get when I run is why I keep lacing up my shoes. Feeling of being stronger, lighter and a bit more free. Even in the cold. 

And then, walking back into the warmth of my home, I find myself not wanting to leave. Because when it's so cold and snowy out, it's my perfect excuse to spend some much-needed quality time in my own kitchen. Simmering, roasting and baking anything in the oven. 

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A jar of dried thyme & a bag of raw walnuts are all you need for this toasty, warm snack. 

There is something I love the minute you roast walnuts. The nuts develop an addictive toasted flavor.

I make these to top salads, but they are great all on their own. Store in a mason jar on your counter and give your winter salads an upgrade! 

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 Thyme Roasted Walnuts

  • 2 cups raw walnut halves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Toss the nuts with the oil, thyme and salt. Spread out onto a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes.  
  3. Let cool on the sheet pan and then store in a mason jar at room temperature.

 

 

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Stay warm & spend some time in your kitchen! :)