Several of our recipes call for toasted walnuts, pecans and other varieties of nuts. Why add the extra step? Well, toasting the nuts enhances their natural flavors. All nuts, with their satisfying combination of heart-healthy fats and protein, may help with weight maintenance or weight loss efforts. However, walnuts are the only nut with a significant source of the plant-based, heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
Here are three ways to simply toast nuts for use in a number of recipes:
Spread nuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 3 to 6 minutes, until toasted and browned but not burnt.
Spread in single layer in large skillet over high heat and toast until browned.
Spread in single layer in large rimmed baking sheet, place in 375°F oven and toast until browned, stirring once during cooking time.
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