If you're feeling the effects of the cold, gloomy weather, then this week's top 5 will hopefully spruce things up a bit. A great way to get out of a food rut that is often caused by dropping temperatures is to put an autumn spin on summer foods. This week, we're bringing you the top 5 walnut recipes. Walnuts are a fantastic (and healthy!) addition to salads and pasta dishes that will put an end to your lunch boredom.
1. Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Candied Walnuts
This gorgeous salad, courtesy of Michael Smith, is super easy to prepare but that doesn't stop it from being a show-stopper. Serve this at your dinner table and watch your kids gobble up plates of leafy spinach (seriously!). Who can say no to sweet, candied walnuts?
2. French Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
Chef Laura Calder brings us this yummy concoction of French lentils, walnuts and goat cheese. Honestly, have lentils ever looked so gourmet? We're obsessed with the beautiful presentation of this dish, but we can't ignore the fact that it's also incredibly nutritious, and leftovers make an easy-to-pack lunch for the next day!
3. Endive Salad with Beets, Walnuts and Blue Cheese
Laura Calder's up again, this time with a delectable endive salad, topped with beets, walnuts and blue cheese. Are you drooling yet? Make this at your next dinner party and your guests will be blown away by combination of ingredients.
4. Penne with Gorgonzola, Spinach and Walnuts
When you think of pasta and comfort food, we bet the first thing that comes to mind is mac and cheese. Not anymore. Comfort food takes on a chic spin with this delicious recipe.
5. Walnut, Fig and Brie Tart with Pear Sauce
Rounding out this week's list is this yummy dessert recipe by Anna Olson. Perfect for a cold autumn night, this will delight your guests.
by Souzan Michael