In addition to being rich and delicious, pecans are packed with nutrition too. Like most nuts—the edible kind—they are good sources of protein. They are also rich in omega-6 fatty acids. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans can reduce high cholesterol by lowerng the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. Pecans also contain over 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins, and zinc.
Many people put these nuts in the snack or dessert category—think chocolate pecan pie, or the Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies my grandmother used to make. But, did you know they are also great to use as a protein source in place of meat in savory recipes? One my favorite recent creations is the gluten-free dish pictured here. I used brown rice spaghetti noodles, and then made a pesto with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil. It couldn’t have been quicker, easier, or more delicious.
Have a Happy National Pecan Day!