The term nuts stands for many types of fruit, which at the same time are also seeds of a large number of plants. For people and also animals they are a valuable source of nutrients.
It is considered that eating a handful of nuts per day can reduce the risk of heart disease. It also can help the weight loss process, reducing the risk of diabetes and having many other benefits for people’s heath.
Besides of the health benefits, they are also delicious so be prepared to use nuts in sweet and salty dishes, in every meal imaginable.
The most commonly used nuts are walnuts, almonds, peanuts, coconut, pistachio, macadamia, pecan, hickory nuts and pine-nuts.
They can all be used for preparing salads, yogurts, pasta, cereal, bread, steaks, and different types of sauces (pesto being the most popular one), snacks, cakes, muffins and many other meals.
When using them in cake fillings they are usually chopped or minced, but you can save some for decorating the topping. Almost every cake you can imagine has some sort of nut in it.
Green salads can be made more interesting and tastier simply by adding one cup of pecans or walnuts in the salad dressing. They improve the taste and add a slight tone of diversity in the meal.
So be prepared to surprise and feel free to experiment.