Delicious and Nutritious: Enjoy Spicy Roasted Pecans

Today may be National Pecan Pie Day, but every day is pecan day at my house.

I keep roasted, spiced pecans handy at all times (recipe coming up). Granted, I could eat Pecan Pie everyday, but that is not a good idea, so I settle for eating roasted pecans as snacks and in salads, reserving the pie for special occasions.

I enjoy them in place of chips with sandwiches and as a mid afternoon snack with tea. I also use them to add crunch and flavor to all kinds of salads: fruit, vegetable and chicken.

  • They contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals and are an especially good source of Vitamin E.
  • They increase fiber and nutrient intake
  • The fats in pecans are unsaturated (heart-healthy) and can help lower cholesterol.
  • They are a good source of protein.



Here are some salad combinations that are especially good during summer months using favorite fresh veggies and fruits topped off with my Spicy Roasted Pecans:

  • Mixed greens, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese with a drizzle of herbed olive oil
  • Baby lettuce, watermelon, mint, blue cheese with a vinaigrette
  • Spinach, peaches and poppyseed
  • Spinach, strawberries, goat cheese with a vinaigrette
  • Arugula, avocado, apple, pomegranate with Balsamic
  • Mixed greens, chicken, orange slices cranberries with honey mustard

So whether you say “Pick KAHN” or “PEE-can” or “PEE-kahn”, this powerful little nut is delicious and nutritious.

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Spicy Pecans
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Topping
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Topping
  1. Place pecans in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the cumin and cayenne pepper. Stir until mixed well. Pour over the pecans and toss well. Sprinkle sugar and salt over the pecans. Stir to coat.
  3. Spread the pecans in a foil-lined baking pan. Bake at 300 degrees until toasted, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
  4. Cool. Stir into an airtight container.
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