Sweet Crispy Pecans and Some Mighty Nest Products

Can you believe it’s already time to get ready for school? Fresh boxes of crayons, sharpened pencils, and thick stacks of notebook paper wait, tucked away in my kids’ backpacks. First-day outfits lie waiting for Monday morning. The next thing to think about is lunch boxes and water bottles. The containers where we store our food are almost as important as the food itself. Many containers and bottles on the market today carry chemicals, non-stick coatings, or additives that can leach into food.

Last year I bought stainless steel water bottles for my kids and they loved them. Stainless steel is one of my favorites because nothing leaches into the water (like aluminum or plastic can) and it doesn’t contain a non-stick coating with dangerous chemicals like PFOA (PFOA -a chemical used to make Teflon, has been linked to cancer, birth defects and higher rates of thyroid disease). They’re also dishwasher safe.

A few months ago I found these super cute reusable, glass water bottles that are surrounded by a web of silicon (100% non-toxic). They’re dishwasher safe and come in several colors.

Recently, Mighty Nest asked me if I’d feature some of their products. As soon as I took a look at their site I said, “Yes!” Their site has dozens of items I’ve bought for years, but they’re all available in one place. Everything from stainless steel lunch containers, to glass water bottles, to reusable bags – they’ve got everything you need to get your child ready for the lunch room. They also carry stainless steel bakeware (one of my personal favorites). The bakeware won’t react with food or rust, doesn’t have any type of coating that can wear off, and each piece comes with a 25-year warranty.

 

Mighty Nest has kindly offered to give away some items to get you or your kids ready for a toxin-free lunch. They are giving away a stainless steel insulated thermos (great for soups or homemade hot cocoa), a glass/silicone water bottle, and a stainless steel lunchbot container. To enter, leave a comment below. Giveaway ends Sunday, August 21st at 11:59pm. Contest open to US states only. One name will be selected using random.org and be contacted. The winner has 3 days to respond before being disqualified and a new winner chosen. Good luck!

 

All we need now is a healthy, organic treat to pack in that back-to-school lunch bag.  How about some sweet crispy pecans? This recipe can be adapted using any nut you choose and makes a sweet and crunchy addition to any lunch (it also makes for a great snack). I prefer to soak nuts overnight to help release the phytic acid (we get tummy aches in our family from unsoaked nuts). I’m not a fan of roasting nuts because the high heat can destroy the good oils. Instead, I dehydrate nuts at a low temperature. It’s easy – you soak the nuts in salt water overnight, drain, and then dehydrate the next night in the oven or in a dehydrator. Make sure to pack them in a safe container, like glass or stainless steel.

Sweet Crispy Pecans

Serving Size: Makes 2 cups

Sweet Crispy Pecans

Ingredients

    For the nuts:

  • 2 cups raw pecans

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

Place pecans and salt in a medium bowl. Cover with water and stir to dissolve salt. Sit on the counter overnight at room temperature. The next day preheat the oven to 170ºF, drain the nuts, pour into a bowl and toss with maple syrup. Spread pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the nuts overnight, about 8-10 hours, or until crispy.

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333 Comments

  1. Amanda Coble

    Always awesome to find websites where my favorites (and new great things) are all together! Makes life so much simpler. I love my Lifefactory bottle as well and was debating getting the smaller one for my daughter to take to school.
    and my kids love nuts – so great recipe. Thanks.

  2. Jolie

    These items look awesome. Heading over to the site now to dosome browsing. I recently purchased stainless thermoses for the whole family but have been looking for some stainless snack containers.

  3. Pam Burkett

    Carrie, we met when my daughter Vicki lived at Sheppard AFB. Your organic info and recipes have not only changed the way she cooks but has impacted me also. Thanks for all the good recipes and tips you put on here! Now I’m ready to try your pecan recipe :)

  4. Kelli

    Those pecans sound fantastic – must make to pack for my husband’s next football referee outing. Would love the glass/silicone water bottle – too cute (as is everything else. Thanks for the great opportunity!

  5. Audrey

    You know, growing up I never liked Pecans (well, I didn’t like a lot of food growing up) but I’ve noticed that as I get older, my tastes really *do* change. It’s been years since I’ve eaten a pecan, maybe I should give it a try! I might be surprised and actually enjoy them.

  6. Kellee Jones

    Thanks for the info on the cookware, I am always on the search for things that better the health of my family. Going to make the pecans tonight also, looks like a great snack for my grandbabies.

  7. Tammy

    What a treat these would be! I have a similar recipe that lets you make them in a slow cooker ~ I have yet to try them!

    Also, I came across your blog on Facebook ~ brought me to a gluten free recipe of yours! Thank you for providing amazing recipes that are gluten free in addition to other organically wonderful recipes!

  8. Rita

    I’m always on the lookout for affordable non-plastic containers but glass always seemed to heavy for me to use regularly (not to mention my fear of breaking them). These steal ones look great!

  9. Ashley B.

    I cannot wait to whip up a batch of Sweet Crispy Pecans for a camping snack this weekend–a perfectly sweet and filling snack! Thank you also for sharing the treat that is Mighty Nest, their products are fabulous!

  10. Catherine C.

    I love those Mighty Nest products! Although I dont have kids yet, I’m a senior in college and have experience packing my own lunches. It’s hard to find quality containers that are reusable and keep my food/drink fresh!

  11. Mighty Nest’s product line up looks interesting – I’m especially into the water bottles with the silicon mesh around them. What a great idea. I have been using glass mason jars to transport my drinks but recently dropped one on a playground at it shattered into a zillion pieces. yikes!!

  12. Diane

    As a newbee to your blog…I may have missed your suggestions for packing lunches. Is it okay to wrap sandwiches in waxed paper? Do you use stainless for salads and such? And what about snacks…no zip baggies I’m guessing?

  13. BetsyD

    My husband packs a lunch every day, and I’ve just begun packing my lunch. We would LOVE some sturdy, and safe products!! So far I’m packing in plastic and my re-usable Trader Joe’s bag. Haha. We’ll get it together, but I don’t mind waiting for a full first check either. What a great giveaway and at the perfect back-to-school timing!

  14. Karen

    Wow, nothing like a “contest” to fill up your in box HA, HA, HA, :o).

    I love your snack ideas especially these crispy maple pecans. I usually use brown sugar but the maple sugar is a terrific idea. Thanks again for your inspiration! I hope I win the give away :o)

  15. Catherine

    I’m still learning about all the important nutrition in foods (i.e. more than just calories, fat, sugar, and protein), so your tip about dehydrating the pecans, rather than baking them, to preserve good oils, was really interesting. Thanks for all your terrific recipes!

  16. beth

    Those pecans would make great Christmas gifts and i love the idea of adding cayenne or cinnamon. Yum! Also love the Mighty Nest containers; buying new containers is so much fun but winning some would be even better! =D

  17. Brooke @ Food Woolf

    Cool stuff! I’m excited by those water bottles, that’s for sure. What great items to get your family (or your husband, in my case) ready for a day away at school (or work)! Thank you for showing me all these great, non-toxic containers!

  18. Kim L.

    Came over here from Heavenly Homemaker’s blog – I love stainless steel bakeware and the lunch items are really cool! Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes – especially the pecans! Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. julie

    Oh My! I love to pecan recipe! My nut-loving father-in-law is coming into town today so I may just have to try these! I would also love to win the prize package. Looks like fantastic stuff that I have been wanting to move my family towards.

  20. Monica

    Oooh! Stainless Steel baking sheets and cake pans. Would love to replace my old decrepit ones. Really like the dehydration method to roast nuts. Will have to give that a try, too. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Scarlet

    We always have a water bottle in our hands everywhere we go, only recently have I realized the need for safe and healthly containers, thanks for the info and a chance to win some badly needed items.

  22. Denise

    We could definitely use any of these things. We decided our three boys would all be taking their lunch this year and could always use some more safe containers to pack everything up in.

  23. Julie In Houston

    I just found your site!!!! Yeah! I’d love some more stainless items for my lunches that I diligently make myself and hubs carry to work every day. I’d love to get rid of the Tupperware! Also think I’m going to make a batch of those pecans! Yummy!

  24. Cindy C

    I’ve just discovered your site from your guest post at HeavenlyHomakers. I am looking forward to spending some time here. I began transitioning to organic last year and have made much progress. Getting rid of plastic and my nonstick cookware seems to be the next step for me. I am always looking for better ways to pack lunches for my husband and son. Also I take water with me almost every time I walk out the door. Thanks for sharing this information.

  25. Kim

    My family loves pecans!! Over the past two years, I have made drastic changes in my kitchen…it all started with milling my own wheat and making bread. This has also changed the way I cook and store my food! I use glass and bake with stainless steel. I also just recently purchased a clay rice cooker. No more “non-stick” for me!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  26. Emily M

    I just discovered your blog today thanks to your post on Heavenly Homemakers. I look forward to following your blog and trying out some of your recipes. Also, thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Shari

    Oh Thank You to Mighty Nest for the Giveaway!! Our family has nearly eliminated all the nasty plastic in our lives. But school lunches are tough! The stainless steel thermos would be one of the things we need! My kiddo actually requests my healthier lunches as he thinks school lunches are “gross!” :-) And because of some food allergies, it’s much safer as well. Yay for giveaways!

  28. Samantha Hendrix

    Hi I am new to you thanks to Heavenly Homemakers. I have been toying with the idea of going organic. I am diabetic and my daughter has health issues also. I know that it is a big step and I am really glad that I found your blog. I have a new avenue of inspiratiion!!! The stainless steel cookware is to die for. lol

  29. Kristi

    I just came across your blog on the Heavenly Homemakers blog….I love Laura and trust all of her wisdom…..so I checked out yours just in time for a wonderful give away. I will be subscribing to your blog. Thanks!

  30. Jennifer

    I just found your site through Heavenly Homemakers – I love it! Thanks for all of your great info. I’d love to win this giveaway. I’ve been trying to find good lunch solutions for my 5 yo daughter.

  31. KT

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! I had this glass bottle and loved it. My water tasted best when in glass. I dropped it a few too many times and it broke. I’d love to win a replacement!

  32. Shelly Barrett

    I am so excited to learn about mighty nest! I am in the process of trying to rid our foods of plastic, and am finding this more difficult than I imagined. I am using the lifefactory baby bottles, and have been excited to find out how sturdy and resilient they are! I love it that they make them for the rest of the family as well! :-)

  33. Denise Frederick

    Love your site! Found you through Heavenly Homemakers!! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway. I’d love to have items like these for my son who is starting kindergarten this year!

  34. Myra

    I will definitely try the pecans. I already checked my oven to see if it will bake at 170 degrees and yes it does. HOORAY! I’ve always wanted to try crispy nuts but thought I needed a dehydrator to make them. Thanks so much for the recipe and hope I win this wonderful package.

  35. LOVE it when bloggers promote soaking nuts! Thank you…and I love the sweet treatment of the Pecans (I also like to add cinnamon to my maple syrup). We are homeschoolers but hubby would enjoy hot bone broth in one of those stainless beauties during his work day!

  36. Those water bottles look AWESOME! I’m so excited about this site! I think I will be a new addict! Uh oh!!! THANKS! One more thing I need to get addicted to! 😉 I was just starting on the hunt for good stainless steel boxes for the kido’s lunches!

  37. Ang

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been switching out my plastic containers and using glass now. All the products you featured above look great! I’m definitely going to check out that website. Thanks!

  38. Willie Mitchell

    I would love to win this giveaway. Our grandson starts kindergarten this fall and this would be great for him. I am trying to get my family to eat more healthy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Stephanie Roosendaal

    I love the glass water bottles, ss bakeware, and the ss thermos. Thanx so much for the opportunity to learn about a new website…. and the possibility of winning also.

    • Deliciously Organic

      I agree, it can be expensive to make the switch! I’ve taken about a year to do it. I buy a little here and a little there. The nice thing is once you buy stainless steel products – you have them for life! :)

  40. I’ve actually never tried soaking my nuts like that, but I’m really curious to try and see if we feel a difference. The maple syrup sounds delicious. Great giveaway too! I love so many things you posted, like the glass bottles, the little snack containers and the reusable snack bags.

  41. kellyj

    Hi Carrie,
    I have a question about soaking and dehydrating nuts. Do you leave yours soaking overnight and the entire next day and then dehydrate overnight or do you drain in the morning and leave them sit until evening, then dehydrate? I would love to try doing that since we eat many nuts.

    Thank you,
    Kelly

    • Deliciously Organic

      I drain them in the morning, spread them out on a baking sheet, and leave them there until it’s time to dehydrate in the oven. If you happen to soak them for 24 hours, it’s totally fine. Just drain, spread out on a baking sheet, and put them in the oven.

  42. Emily Cantey

    I’ve had one of the Mighty Nest glass bottles that I use when I travel for almost a year now and LOVE IT! It keeps the water cold for a surprisingly long time, and I can run it through the dishwasher when I get home. The outer lining also makes it shatter proof, which is ideal for a klutz like me. Several flight attendants on my trips have commented on what a great bottle it as well!

  43. Heidi

    Thanks for the Mighty Nest link! We started school last week, and I’ve been trying to find some good looking containers that I can feel good about storing lunches in for my kids. Are the glass waterbottles safe for school since they are wrapped in silicone?

    • Deliciously Organic

      The glass bottle is pretty hard to break b/c of the silicone web that it’s contained in, so in my opinion it’s safe for school. If you have any concerns I know the people at Mighty Nest would be happy to answer any questions you may have! :)

  44. Lisa Gruich

    Would love to check out these produts. We are just starting to make healthy changes here, and sometimes I don’t know which direction to go next. School lunches seems a logical next step. Thanks! Oh, and the nuts look great!!

  45. Jennifer Owens

    What cool prizes! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway… I remember all too well, things in lunches that can impart an off flavor-particularly my Holly Hobby Thermos that seemed to take on the flavor of everything, and left behind a plasticy taste-YUCK! But these look SUPER COOL!

  46. Elina Pelikan

    PECANS!!! …i LOVE pecans. And I love mighty nest, but it has yet to fit into my budget…

    ps – nice blog:):):)
    Mighty Nest posted a link to it on Facebook, always like finding fun crunchy food blogs!

  47. Kathleen Crouch

    The pecans look amazing and delicious. I love Mighty Nest. I’ve purchased Lifefactory items from them. They have fantastic customer service and I love Lifefactory water bottles… Have 2 and my kids use them as bottles and water bottles :)

  48. Lisa

    LOVE Might Nest and with my first child off to Kindergarten tomorrow, we’d love some help in the lunch department. I’m not sure if 11:59 is Eastern time or not, but I hope I’m in time to win! :)

  49. joanna gomez

    really keeping my ears and eyes open to ways on how to avoid toxins and unhealthy elements invading our home…i look at son and myself as living sponges..and we need to reduce toxins from infiltrating..Mighty nest and other sites REALLY help!!a

  50. lil.lisner

    It would be such a treat for my son to show off his new water bottle. Pecans are one of the few nuts that my son will eat. I can’t wait to surprise him with this recipe! Thanks!!

  51. Sandra Macumber

    Hi Carrie,
    I’m brand new to this site. I’ve recently been diagnosed with R.A. and I’m looking to find ways to combat the inflammation and pain without drugs. I just want to thank you so much for creating this wonderful website where people like me can find so much valuable information for free. I’m looking forward to changing my diet and hoping this will be the key to unlock the healing process. As a very wise man said, “let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” I will definitely be buying your cook books. God bless you!
    Sandra

    • Deliciously Organic

      Thank you for the kind words. I’m sorry to hear of your health issues, but glad you are looking to food to help with the healing process. Please let me know if you ever have any questions! :)

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