Pecans are mighty nuts that can help you fight stress. They are full of fiber, protein, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. The magnesium in the pecans can help relax your body and reduce your anxiety. This mineral can help you fall asleep after a long stressful day. Experts have also found that these delicious nuts also have heart-health and brain-health benefits.
It’s National Pecan Month, and if you’re interested in eating more pecan-featured dishes in April, check out the recipes listed below.
- Pecan coconut banana bread. Start your morning off right with this yummy bread recipe. It includes shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and three mashed bananas. The magnesium in the pecans and the potassium in the bananas can help reduce your stress and lower your blood pressure. You can find the recipe here.
- Salad with goat cheese, pears, and candied pecans. Pecans make a great addition to practically any salad. This recipe calls for mixed greens, chopped pears, pecans (possibly glazed), dried cherries, and crumbles goat cheese. This recipe also includes a homemade maple-balsamic dressing.
- Cream cheese and olive pecan bites. This recipe is great for appetizers or an after work snack. The recipe is made by mixing cream cheese, chives, and finely chopped pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives together, and then sandwiching dollops of the mixture between two large pecans.
- Honey pecan chicken. You can have pecans for dinner with a delicious honey pecan chicken recipe. All that’s required is dipping chicken breasts (or soy chicken strips) in soy sauce and honey and coating the chicken with chopped pecans and panko. Interested? Check out this delicious recipe.
- Pecan pie baklava. Baklava is a popular dessert in Middle Eastern countries and it’s usually composed of pastry dough layers, chopped nuts, and a sweet syrup. This particular recipe has a great pecan flavor because it calls for phyllo dough, butter, sugar, water, dark corn syrup, vanilla, and two cups of finely chopped pecans.
- Pecan pie cookies. Looking for something slightly more indulgent? Try these pecan pie cookies! The cookies are made from pie dough instead of cookie dough and it’s topped with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, salt, and pecans. You can find a recipe here.