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The Nut Job-themed dinner menu

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The Nut Job dinner: Soup to nuts

The animated film The Nut Job stars Surly (Will Arnett), a squirrel on a mission to break into Maury's Nut Store to save his life and those of his friends. This may seem nutty, but we've put together an entire dinner menu inspired by the movie. Choose a couple of the featured recipes or go nuts and make them all!


Spiced nut
and cranberry mix

Spiced nut and cranberry mix |

Photo credit: Maple Chutney

Cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin and brown sugar give mixed nuts an irresistible salty sweet taste in this flavor-packed recipe that Surly could really sink his teeth into.

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"cheese" ball

Cashew cheese ball |

Photo credit: The Urban Poser

One cheese ball — hold the cheese. Dairy free, vegan and raw, this cashew cheese ball is said to be extremely addictive.

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Paleo summer macadamia salad

Paleo macadamia salad |

Photo credit: The Merrymaker Sisters

Macadamia nuts add crunch to this light, healthy summer salad.

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Avocado, grapefruit
and macadamia nut salad

Avocado, Grapefruit, and Macadamia Nut Salad |

Photo credit: My Beverly Hills Kitchen

Tangy and fresh, this salad is a New Year's favorite as that's when ruby red grapefruit are at their peak.

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Main dishes

Grilled peanut butter chicken

Grilled peanut butter chicken |

Photo credit: Prevention RD

We've never known a squirrel to pass up a peanut, and we can't imagine anyone refusing a serving of this tangy grilled peanut butter chicken either.

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Halibut with hazelnut crust

Hazelnut crusted halibut |

Photo credit: CSFCC Presents: Eat This!

Halibut gets a flavorful crunch from a coating of toasted hazelnuts, citrus and herbs.

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nut loaf

Vegetarian nut loaf |

Photo credit: The Kitchn

Skip the meatloaf and try a classic nut loaf instead. Vegetarian- and squirrel-friendly.

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Salted caramel cashew popcorn

Salted caramel cashew popcorn |

Photo credit: Everyday Insanity

We might break into a nut factory ourselves if it meant helping ourselves to unlimited amounts of this salted caramel cashew popcorn.

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nut fudge

Maple nut fudge |

Photo credit: Treat a Week Recipes

Real maple syrup, brown sugar, heavy cream, butter and walnuts — what's not to love about this decadent Canadian maple nut fudge?

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Candied almonds

Candied almonds |

Photo credit: My Baking Addiction

Fill your home with the scent of vanilla and almonds while baking a batch of these Bavarian Vanilla Almonds.

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Quick tip:

Find more mouthwatering meal ideas over at SheKnows Recipes!

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