I grew up with a number of different trees in my backyard. There were pear trees, apple trees, cherry trees, and a walnut tree. The walnut tree is oddly placed right next to my back porch, which means especially in the fall you will hear loud thmmmmps hitting the roof of my family’s home, and on the deck surrounding the tree. I always found them so annoying as a child since one of my chores was to pick up the gooey green shells, and put them in a big black bag for my parents. My dad would always try to crack the hard shell and pull out the meaty walnut, but all he ever got was super goopy hands and turned up noses towards his walnut shells.
Now, that the tree is dying, and I am a more adventurous eater I wish I would have taken the time to learn what to do to get a walnut out of its shell and ready to eat. I would have made my favorite recipe, which I call Brain Food with the walnuts that I shucked for the day. Brain Food is actually just a pesto like dish that contains walnuts, lemon, parsley, olive oil, salt, and pepper. I put it on pasta, sandwiches, fish, chicken, or I put it in a soup for a little extra zing.
I coined the recipe Brain Food, not only because of the nut’s brain like appearance, but because it is full of nutrients that the brain needs to function properly throughout life. Walnuts contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. This fat helps keep the brain plenished with its structional fat. Membranes of all our cells, including our brain cells, are primarily composed of Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating a handful of walnuts a day will supply you with 60 percent of your daily value of omega-3s. Walnuts are not only good for the brain (and what is sex without the brain? Have you ever tried to have sex with a stupid person?), they are good for the heart too.
Walnuts contain a consequential amount of mono-saturated fat. This fat lowers cholesterol and strengthens the heart. If your heart is strong your sex is strong. Sex can be a cardio vascular workout, and you need the heart to keep up to stay up. Nuts are a very sexy food as are all foods that are eaten with the hands. Place some walnuts in a little dish to snack on while getting it on to keep your energy high.
I want to include my recipe for Brain Food, because it is so delicious and easy to make. Plus, I love posting raw vegan recipes for everyone to enjoy. Eating raw and vegan is so healthy, especially during the summer months. So, here it goes…. try my quick and easy recipe. It’s perfect for a night you don’t want to turn your oven on in the kitchen.
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup fresh parsley
½ of a lemon, freshly squeezed
1 garlic clove, sliced
½ cup fruity olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the walnuts, parsley, lemon, and sliced garlic into the food processor with the “S” blade, and blend until a thinly chopped consistency similar to Italian Pesto. Once all of the ingredients are blended slowly add the olive oil a tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with pasta, sandwiches, fish, chicken, or in soup.