Creative & Healthy Ways to Cook with Pecans

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When you think about cooking with pecans, do you immediately think of pecan pie? As mouthwatering as pecan pie is, it doesn't exactly help our waistlines. That doesn't have to be the case anymore — pecans can be used for good! They contain a great amount of protein and fiber. Pecans are also responsible for lowering your cholesterol. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to use them as a snack for weight loss as well. Check out all these creative, healthy ways to cook with pecans!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing: What easier way to cook with pecans than to throw them in a slow cooker? The celery stalks and parsley leaves mixed with the cranberry and pecans will have you wanting more of this healthy stuffing option. The total fat in this dish is only 36 grams. Check out the recipe here.

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Cherry Pecan Salad: Get ready to dive your fork into this juicy salad. It’s topped with dried cherries, poppy seeds, crumbled blue cheese and of course, pecans. This salad will never let you down. Click here for the recipe!

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Pecan Pie Granola: This recipe is super popular on Skinny Mom, and is loaded with applesauce, raw pecans and rolled oats. It’s lightweight and healthy, which is perfect for breakfast time. Click here to check it out!

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Flourless Cinnamon Pecan Cookies: Finding cookies that are healthy and great tasting are to find. Well, look no more. You don’t need any added sugar to make this. They taste like pecan pie, but without the guilt. Full recipe is here.

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Banana-Pecan Amaranth Porridge: This is the perfect idea for breakfast if you have one of those rare relaxing mornings. The banana and pecan works together to form a great combination for your taste buds. Check here for the full recipe.

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>> Recipe: Banana Pudding

Pecan Crusted Honey-Mustard Salmon: This delicate dish will have your mouth watering. Topped with bread crumbs and chopped pecans, this will satisfy your taste buds like no other. The low-fat salmon is a great source of vitamin B as well. Check it out here!

>> Recipe: Skinny Salmon Burgers


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