You may be familiar with pine nuts as a key ingredient in pesto or sprinkle them on salads at Italian restaurants, but there are plenty of ways to incorporate this little nut into your meals. And, you should.
Pine nuts are harvested from over a hundred different species of pine trees that give us edible nuts. They are laborious to harvest, hence their often staggering price in supermarkets. However, like many nuts, they are very healthy.
Pine nuts are rich in oleic acid (a good fatty acid) and are a rich source of vitamin E. They are also an excellent source of B-complex vitamins. In addition, they contain notable amounts of manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc.
That said, it must be time to look for ways to bring a little pine nut love into your life that goes beyond just throwing a handful on a salad (although that shouldn’t be sniffed at). ). Check out OGP recipes for nutty inspiration.
1. Mushroom strudel with rosemary, tofu and pine nuts
Source: Rosemary, Mushroom, Tofu and Pine Nut Strudel / One Green Planet
This Rosemary, Tofu, and Pine Nut Mushroom Strudel from Sara Oliveira makes a gorgeous and abundant centerpiece. The flaky filo pastry wraps around luscious tofu and meaty mushrooms. Then you get that buttery pine nut crunch and the herb kick of fresh rosemary. This recipe will not disappoint you.
2. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce
Source: Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce/ A green planet
Gabrielle St. Claire’s recipe for Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce is amazing, but very easy to prepare and requires minimal ingredients. Garlic cream sauce can also be used in countless other recipes and can be made in bulk so you always have it on hand. Don’t forget to add pine nuts for the essential crunchy texture that pairs so well with tender artichokes and pasta.
3. Moroccan “Couscous” tagine
Source: Moroccan tagine “Couscous” / One Green Planet
Here we have a beautiful aromatic vegetarian stew, full of flavor and spices. The pine nuts of this Moroccan “couscous” tagine by Katia Martin are in fact simmered with all the spices, chickpeas, apricots, zucchini and carrots. Serve your stew over a generous portion of quinoa.
4. Hand Pies Stuffed with Turkish Pilaf Rice
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These hand-stuffed little Turkish Pilau Rice Pies from Let’s Talk Vegan are packed with delicious ingredients, including, of course, a good serving of pine nuts. The rice pilaf simmers in a mushroom broth accompanied by fragrant spices. Then it is stuffed into sheets of puff pastry. It’s a great take-out meal.
5. Peasy Peasy Pesto with Pine Nuts and Basil
Source: Easy Peasy Pine Nut Basil Pesto / One Green Planet
We can’t have a list of pine nut recipes without a pesto recipe making the cut. Pine nuts and pesto go hand in hand! Tara Sunshine’s Easy Peasy Pine Nut Basil Pesto is really simple to prepare and very versatile. Use it with pasta, rice, pizza, on toast, salads and baked potatoes. You’ll never need to buy a pot of pesto again with this easy recipe.
6. Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini and Pine Nuts
Source: Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini and Pine Nuts/ A green planet
With this pomegranate, tahini and pine nut Shawarma cauliflower recipe from Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli, you can have a vegan twist on a Middle Eastern classic. Roasted cauliflower florets are coated in delicious spices and garnished with sweet and juicy pomegranate and roasted pine nuts.
7. Wild rice, cranberry and pine nut stuffing
Source: Wild rice, cranberry and pine nut stuffing/ A green planet
Here’s a Somer McCowan Wild Rice, Cranberry and Pine Nut Stuffing Recipe that can be enjoyed any time of the year. This recipe can also be easily made gluten free by using gluten free bread. All the spices, nuts, fruits and rice come together to make a stuffing that even those who hate stuffing will love.
8. Spinach with raisins and pine nuts
Source: Spinach with raisins and pine nuts/ A green planet
This spinach with raisins and pine nuts recipe by Lydia Filgueras is really easy to prepare and very versatile. Serve it with rice or any protein for a complete meal. The blend of flavors and textures work wonderfully, with the toasted pine nuts giving that familiar bite.
9. Pesto and feta buns
Source: Pesto and feta buns/ A green planet
Here we have another imaginative dish with these Pesto Feta Swirl Buns from Anne Sue. Pine nuts are used to make delicious pesto which is swirled through the dough before being baked into soft buns. These will go away quickly, so be sure to keep one to yourself.
10. Chocolate and pine nut cookies
Source: Chocolate fondant and pine nuts cookies/ A green planet
Let’s not forget the dessert. That’s right, just like with many nuts, pine nuts shouldn’t be reserved exclusively for savory dishes, and these Chocolate Pine Nut Cookies by Helyn Dunn prove it. Aside from the pine nuts, there is another unusual ingredient in these soft but tender cookies: beans!
So, go experiment a little more with the small pine nut, and show it off in all kinds of dishes, both savory and sweet.
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