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Did you know a handful of nuts a day can increase your lifespan and lower your risk of many cancers? If you want to be a nut-lover but haven’t found them too enticing in the past, try them like this and you’ll be a convert!

You will need

Serves 2

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 50 grams almonds, blanched
  • 25 grams pumpkin seeds
  • 50 grams macadamia nuts
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 iceberg lettuce
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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5 mins to prep

20 mins to cook

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 160°C.

  2. Step 2

    In a bowl, add in the seeds and nuts along with sugar, chilli, nutritional yeast flakes and tamari, and mix well.

  3. Step 3

    On a lined baking tray, pour out the mixture and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Cutting the stem from the iceberg lettuce, remove the leaves and place them in a nest in your serving bowl.

  5. Step 5

    Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the lettuce, along with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  6. Step 6

    Break apart the spiced nut mixture which may have set in a slab in the oven, and sprinkle over your lettuce bowl to serve — you may choose to intentionally fill each lettuce leaf with nuts to create little lettuce ‘cups’ of nut mixture which can be eaten like tacos!

Recipe: Simon Toohey

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