Pecans are really a nutritious, versatile Supernut that can be enjoyed all year long – not just during the holidays! I’m excited to partner with American Pecans on Good Food Friday this week to share how you can incorporate them into your weekly meal plan with three easy dinner ideas.
Tip 1: Use pecan meal as breadcrumb swap
Adding a bag of pecans to your weekly grocery list really goes a long way. They can be used for sweet dishes, savory dishes and serve as a nutritious ingredient swap, including breading! I shared Pecan-breaded baked chicken tenders. What you do is add pecans, panko and spices to a food processor. Then dip your chicken tenders into egg, flour and then the pecan mixture. The pecans add plant protein, fiber, good fats and essential nutrients. Place them on a lined baking sheet, pop that in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 F.
Tip 2: Pecans as a nutritious crouton swap
Now if you are looking for something light and healthy, seasonal salads are a great option. I love using pecans as a better for you crouton swap that still provides that satisfying crunch. Pecans are also naturally sweet which is in part what makes them so versatile. One thing to note about pecans is that in order to maintain their freshness and flavor for up to six months, you want to store them in an airtight container in the fridge – and they should be a golden brown color.
Tip 3: Add pecans to your sheet pan dinners
Sheet pan dinners are my favorite because they’re easy, healthy and require very little clean up. I shared a Maple Mustard Chicken and Pecan Sheet Pan. To make this, you want to add your veggies, protein and starch to a large bowl with a little maple syrup, mustard, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon. Give that a toss, transfer to a baking sheet and pop that in the oven.
You can find these recipes and learn more about the nutritional benefits of pecans by visiting AmericanPecan.com. Be sure to celebrate National Pecan Month by incorporating them into your weekly meal plan and grocery list!