‘You love roasting nuts.’ It was said to me in jest today, but I took it as a compliment. Whole-heartedly.

It’s true, roasted seasoned nuts are one of my all-time favorite snacks, especially during the holiday season. And even more so since I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. My Endocrinologist informed me there was no cure, only management of symptoms through lifestyle changes. So, based on the ever-professional recommendation of the world-wide-webs, I’ve cut gluten from my diet to ‘control the flare-ups.’

Imagine how hard that is for someone who’s lived under the mantra ‘If it tastes good, eat it’, pretty much her whole life?

I’m sure you’re thinking ‘Wait, wait… what? But what about us??’

No worries. My kids and husband can still suck down all of the gluten-filled treats my little brain can imagine, so I’ll be writing and sharing like nothing’s changed. And, as an added bonus, I’ll be filtering in some thyroid-friendly recipes for all my goiteriffic cronies.

All the while, sitting here happily chomping on these perfectly seasoned roasted nuts. (Heh, heh. I said chomping on nuts.)

Roasted Taco Seasoned Mixed Nuts
(makes 2 cups)
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw cashews
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Dump the pecans and cashews in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the spices, melted butter and worcestershire sauce. Pour the spice mixture over the raw nuts and toss to evenly coat. Transfer the spiced nuts to the prepared sheet pan…


and spread them out to a single layer. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature before transferring to an air-tight container. Store them at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. (Or so I’ve been told. Ours are always completely devoured after a few days.)