Pecans: Not Just For Cookies Anymore

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Let’s face it. People once thought that pecans and healthy eating had about as much in common as Queen Elizabeth of England and Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June. However, thanks to some brilliant minded scientist that misconception is being swept under the rug. People are finding out that pecans are not only delicious, but they are also good for you. If you think I’m pulling your leg, look up all the “science stuff” on the Internet. You’ll see. Finished googling? Good. Now let’s get down to business.

So, since pecans can be used in lots of different dishes, what are some healthy alternatives beside cookies and cakes? Here are a few.

We’ll start with an easy one:

Every Time You Throw Pecans in that Oatmeal, You Lose a Little Pound” 

Make oatmeal according to the directions on the package. When finished, throw a handful of pecan pieces on top of the oatmeal. Also, throw a handful of pecans in with your morning cereal. Delicious!

Next, great for lunch or supper:

“Sweet, Sweet Summertime” Salad 

1 pound of spinach leaves, washed and dried

1 pint of strawberries, washed and halved

½ cup of toasted pecans {toast pecans on greased sheet in 350-degree oven for 5 minutes}

“Country Girl, Shake, Shake It For Me Girl” Dressing

1/3 cup raspberry vinegar

1 teaspoon of dry mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup olive oil or vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons of poppy seeds

Directions:

Combine the dressing ingredients EXCEPT for the poppy seeds in a blender. Add the poppy seeds by hand. Shake that dressing with the spinach, strawberries, and hot 
toasted pecans. The hot nuts will slightly wilt the greens.

Finally, we have:

“Get Your Shine On” Sweet Potatoes

1 medium sweet potato

½ teaspoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon butter or to taste

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons toasted pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Wash sweet potato and pat dry. With a paper towel rub oil all over potato. Put a few knife pierces in the potato. Wrap with foil, and bake for 50 minutes. ***You could also wrap in plastic wrap and put in microwave for 10 minutes.

So, like I said, pecans are not just for cookies anymore. They can get you fist bumps from all your family and friends with their nutty aroma and delicious crunch. Try these easy recipes for yourself. Added bonus, they will also shorten your time in that hot summer kitchen. Win, Win!

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