Peanuts are, of course, exceedingly popular and quite healthy for you. But for some reason, most people only imagine eating peanuts in a few ways. Beyond a salty bar snack or a spread on some toast, peanuts are actually an incredibly versatile ingredient that you can use in many delicious recipes. In fact, peanuts are used in main dishes in a variety of ways throughout the world.
Before we get into some great recipes you can make that incorporate peanuts, let’s look at some facts:
- Peanuts are not nuts at all but are legumes that originated in South America. They’re more closely related to beans, lentils, and soy.
- Peanuts go by a variety of names, such as groundnuts, earthnuts, and goobers.
- Peanuts are very high in fat, and in fact, a large portion of the world’s peanut crop is used for making peanut oils.
- Peanuts are a great source of plant-based protein, with protein as 22-30% of its total calories. Almonds are just a little bit behind.
- Peanuts are low in carbohydrates and have a low glycemic index.
- Peanuts are excellent sources of many vitamins and minerals, including biotin, copper, niacin, folate, manganese, vitamin E, thiamine, phosphorus, and magnesium.
- Peanuts are also rich in antioxidants, as rich as many fruits and chia seeds!
- Researchers believe the ancient Aztecs started mashing up peanuts into peanut butter hundreds of years ago. A more modern version showed up in the 1890s.
- The early introduction of peanuts into one’s diet can reduce the likelihood of peanut allergies, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. This helps to explain the very low rate of peanut allergies in Israel, as Bamba, a puffed peanut snack, is incredibly popular among young children.
You’ve probably eaten raw, salted and chocolate covered peanuts a million times. But have you ever cooked with them? If you have, chances are you’ve incorporated them into some sort of dessert or sweet dish. But did you know that peanuts are utilized around the world in savory main dishes as well? Here are some awesome recipes to include peanuts into your diet in new and interesting ways.
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