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The high percentage of fat in macadamias may cause concern but there is no evidence to suggest eating them results in weight gain. They are a filling food and contain vital nutrients, including monounsaturated fats, proteins,fibre, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals which will be put to good use and unlikely to go straight to your waistline.
Having said that macadamia nuts are wonderful in confectionery. The good oils in them are a healthier substitute for the usual hydrogenated fats.
Eaten raw or roasted, fresh macadamias are matchless in taste and texture. They are also a valued ingredient in the kitchen. The following recipe is an example of how macadamias enhance other foods.
PERFECT BAKED FISH
1kg firm white fish fillet, cut into 6 pieces
150g fresh white breadcrumbs
150g chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 C chopped parsley
80g melted olivani or other margerine
250g greek yogurt
1/2 tsp cornflour
1 large egg
small shallot or spring onion
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and black pepper
Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Spray oil on a baking dish. Make topping by combining crumbs, parsley, nuts and melted margerine. Make sauce by whisking the yogurt with the remaining ingredients.
Arrange fish pieces in oiled oven dish, season, then pour sauce over the fish. Pack crumb mix on top of fish peces. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish is cooked and topping golden and crunchy. Eat at once, it's wonderful.
MACADAMIA NUT BUTTER BANANA FUDGE
1/2 cup macadamia nut butter
1tbsp macadamia (or other bland) oil
1tsp vanilla essence
Method: Blend in food processor until well combined.
Spread evenly into a lined container (a 2l icecream container is good)
Freeze until firm, then cut and eat.