Did you know that pistachios are technically a fruit? They’re flavor is almost buttery and savory. These nuts are packed with a ton of health benefits. This protein packed nuts are only 13 grams of fat, one of the lowest fat contents of all nuts. Eleven of those grams of fat are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat, and only 2 grams are from saturated fat. Some more nutritional facts of pistachios include:
Benefits of Pistachios:
◦Prevention of Macular Disease or AMD
◦Aid in Digestion
◦Absorption of Iron
PISTACHIO PESTO RECIPE:
6 oz. shelled pistachios (about 1 full cup)
1/2 cup basil, packed
2 tablespoons mint
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 scallions, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1) Shell pistachios. If you have any stubborn ones, you can use a half shell from another pistachio to pry open the shell.
2) Add nuts to a food processor with basil, mint, and minced garlic. Drizzle in a few tablespoons of olive oil and pulse until the mixture is a coarse paste.
3) Drizzle in rest of olive oil until pesto is a good consistency. There shouldn’t be any lumps, but it doesn’t need to be completely smooth.
4) Remove pesto from food processor and season with salt and pepper. Stir in minced scallions and Parmesan cheese.
We recommend tossing it in pasta and adding some extra parmesan on top!
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