Let’s Talk Nuts and Legumes
So, I have covered fruits and vegetables quite a lot on this blog over the last two years. And it has been fun. But people often have a love-hate relationship with legumes. So, for a couple of weeks, we are going to be covering the origins, benefits, and pitfalls of legumes all over the world. Who knows? Maybe, there will be a recipe linked in there that is relevant to your interests? Get ready to get your nutrition on, because we are going to be talking about…
One would think that I would cap this series off with peanuts, but I find it to be somewhat of a “low hanging fruit” out of all the nuts that I could talk about. So I am ending this series on one of my favorite nuts that are well known in both flavors of coffee and in Nutella, the hazelnut. This nut existed as far back as the middle part of the stone ages in a colony back in Scotland. To put that in perspective, that was 10,000 years ago, when humans were hunters and gatherers, making this nut older than most of today’s cultivated vegetables. It’s a hardy tree that can last through many cold climates and is cultivated today mostly for the confectionary industry.
The Benefits of Hazelnuts
- Healthy Fats- There are both good kinds of fat and bad kinds of fat in the human body. According to livestrong.com, “Hazelnuts contain heart-healthy fats that can protect heart health. Specifically, they are high in healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and low in unhealthier unsaturated fats. Hazelnuts are a good source of oleic acid. Oleic acid can help to lower levels of bad cholesterol, LDL, and can raise levels of good cholesterol, HDL, in the body.”
- Phytochemicals- Hazelnuts contain flavonoids, phytochemicals that are responsible for brain health, help with immunities to allergies, and improve circulation.
- These heart-healthy nuts also have quite a few vitamins and minerals. Such as, Vitamins E (which is great for skin and nails), Vitamin B, and folate.
Click on the photos below if you find anything that you like! These recipes are mouthwatering and are more than just desserts.
Sausage and Sage Stuffing
For those who want to be a little bit inventive with their Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, or if you just want something to do with hazelnuts that are not sweet, here is the perfect recipe for your taste buds. You have the tang from cranberries, the light spice of the sausage, the herby taste from the sage, and a nice nutty crunch to add to the quality of the blend.
If you do want your hazelnuts on the sweet side of things, then look no further than the most traditional way of incorporating them into a dessert, Candied Hazelnuts.
Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Hazelnuts
Did you know that hazelnuts went with Italian food? I sure didn’t. These little guys add a crunch that is missing from your traditional fettuccine recipe and is a great way to add subtle flavoring to the dish.