Thursday, November 10, 2011

Go Nuts!

Here in south Alabama, it's pecan season. Locals can be seen among the iconic pecan orchards gathering the tasty treats. Pecans are a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated fat, and can be part of a great snack. A handful of pecans with a piece of fruit provides a great balance of nutrients to help keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

Whether you gather your own pecans (and spend some quality time prying them from their shells!) or find them in your local market, try this recipe to take the flavor to the next level! Use these spiced pecans to top a salad, sprinkle in some oatmeal or Greek yogurt, add to chicken salad, or just as a yummy snack.

Thai Spiced Pecans
1/2 pound shelled pecans
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp The Delicious Dietitian Thai Spice Blend
1 Tbsp sugar or heat stable sugar substitute (such as Splenda)

Coat pecans with olive oil, spice blend, and sugar. Lay out on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until fragrant, stirring once. Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks or in the freezer for several months.

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