by Tina Olivero

    The Power of Pecans: A Wholesome Romaine and Artichoke Salad

    Pecans, often overlooked, possess a remarkable blend of flavor and nutrition that can transform any dish into a wholesome culinary delight.

    Pecans, revered for their buttery texture and rich taste, are packed with essential nutrients that contribute to overall well-being. These nuts are a prime source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Their nutrient profile includes vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and several B vitamins, which collectively support immune function, promote healthy skin, and aid in energy metabolism.

    Moreover, pecans boast potent antioxidant properties, attributed to their flavonoids and phenolic compounds. These antioxidants combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

    Health Benefits Amplified: Incorporating pecans into salads, like our Romaine and Artichoke Salad, can amplify the health benefits and elevate the nutritional content of the dish. By complementing the vibrant greens and artichoke hearts with pecans, seeds, and nuts, we create a symphony of flavors and textures that tantalize the taste buds while nourishing the body.

    Recipe: Pecan, Seed, and Nut Romaine and Artichoke Salad: Ingredients:

    • 2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
    • 1 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
    • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
    • 1/4 cup mixed seeds (such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds)
    • 1/4 cup mixed nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews)
    • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. In a large salad bowl, combine the chopped Romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, pecan halves, mixed seeds, mixed nuts, and crumbled feta cheese.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to create the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat the ingredients evenly.
    4. Serve the salad immediately as a vibrant and nutrient-rich meal or side dish.

    Pecans, with their nutritional prowess, add depth and vitality to salads, enhancing both flavor and health benefits. By incorporating pecans, seeds, and nuts into dishes like our Romaine and Artichoke Salad, we create a satisfying and nourishing meal that celebrates the abundance of nature’s bounty. Embrace the power of pecans and embark on a journey towards holistic wellness through wholesome eating.

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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