As many of you know, Jessica and I are huge advocates of eating locally and do a lot of our grocery shopping at neighborhood farmers markets. But, in addition to eating locally, seasonal eating is equally important. Eating seasonally allows you to continue eating locally (and keep supporting those local farmers) with the change in seasons and some studies have even shown that eating locally and seasonally can help protect against illness. Besides, with the change in seasons comes the fun of rediscovering favorite foods that you haven’t had access to for months.
Right now, peanuts are in season! While visiting my boyfriend’s family farm, we were able to roast some fresh peanuts right out of the ground.
Roasting peanuts is really easy and definitely a healthy way to cook them. No oil or salt needed! The peanuts are sweet and crispy without leaving your hands greasy. They are a perfect snack. Look for them at your local farmers market.
To Roast: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Trim and wash peanuts so that all dirt is removed. Pat dry with a paper towel to remove moisture. Place evenly on a cooking pan. Heat in oven for 60 min and then turn the peanuts and roast for another 60 minutes-or until outsides are crispy and there is a strong peanut smell. That’s it. See how easy it is?
An alternative to roasting peanuts is to boil the peanuts in boiling, well-salted water until the shells are soft. Once the peanuts are cool, you can eat them right away or store in a zip lock bag in the refridgerater for several days.
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