(Family Features) - Explore new ways to make cooking at home simple, satisfying and nourishing with time-saving tips and recipes from Robin Miller, bestselling cookbook author, nutritionist and host of Food Network's "Quick Fix Meals."
"I've teamed up with the Almond Board of California to demonstrate how to take wholesome ingredients like almonds and transform them into practical and delicious meal ideas," Miller says.
Almonds are a heart-smart1 ingredient and snack that offer many nutrients. A one-ounce, 160-calorie handful of almonds (about 23 almonds) provides protein (6g), fiber (3g), heart-healthy unsaturated fat (13g) and only one gram of saturated fat. Plus, one ounce of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium and offers potassium (200mg), calcium (75mg) and iron (1.0mg).
"Almonds are the perfect quick fix ingredient because they're so versatile," Miller said. "Their nutty flavor and satisfying crunch work with everything from pungent blue cheese to the sweet and sour flavors of pomegranates and apples."
Miller's recipes offer her famous quick fix tips and "morphing options" to stretch the flavor even further without putting a strain on your wallet. For example, her simple apple, almond and blue cheese stuffing for chicken easily morphs into a delicious and satisfying topping for pork chops or salmon. Morphing is more than leftovers - it's quick-fix cooking you and your budget will love.
Visit www.AlmondsAreIn.com for almond recipes, nutritional information and to learn about the Ultimate Snack Off Recipe Sweepstakes.
1 Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.