Pistachios are rich in nutrients such a protein, carbohydrates, and fibre that are all good for your body. It is also rich in antioxidants and in fact, its green colour can be attributed to it. This happy nut also has fewer calories than most other nuts and you may be surprised that you are less likely to overeat this snack because you tend to feel full instantly. Pistachios have been a staple in Iranian dishes and below are some party and cake recipes infused with pistachios.
- Pistachio Biscotti
To make this recipe, you will need the basics of baking such as some butter, sugar, eggs, all purpose flour, and baking powder. Of course you need the star of this biscotti which is some slivered pistachios. You can add in some dried berries if you want to make it more colourful. It’s as easy as mixing everything together, including your nuts and berries and baking it in your oven. Dip one end of the biscotti in melted white chocolate and the only thing that you need to do is indulge. This is perfect for any occasion, or even on ordinary days.
- Pistachio Lemon Pasta
Another recipe that stars pistachio is pistachio lemon pasta. All you need is some spaghetti and good quality bottarga, as well as some olive oil, slivered pistachios and organic lemon. Grate the bottarga and season it with oil. Sprinkle some slivered pistachios on top of it too. Cooked the spaghetti in salted water and saute it together with the bottarga mixture. Add some strips of lemon peels and garnish with more pistachios before serving.
- Halibut Pistachio Pesto
Treat your palate with this flavourful dish infused with nuts and herbs. In a blender or food processor, throw in some slivered pistachios, basil, cilantro and garlic cloves, as well as some lemon, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Blend until you achieve a thick consistency. Add more oil as necessary. Top this on your grilled halibut and garnish with more of the green nuts. For sure, everyone in your family will love this homey recipe.
- Pistachio Couscous on Chicken
Another hearty recipe that you can prepare for your family involving the use of some pistachios is couscous on chicken. This dish is so easy to prepare but so flavourful, that you will keep your guests guessing because of spices such as smoked paprika, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, and cayenne pepper. In a pot, brown the chicken with these spices before stirring in the tomato paste, chipotle chile, chicken broth, and chickpeas. Simmer until the sauce thickens and when you remove it from the heat, put in some cilantro and lemon zest. The best part is garnishing it with as many pistachios as you like.
To wrap things up, go ahead and have your fill of this green nut, satisfy your cravings and your sweet tooth too. While doing so, free yourself from the guilt because a moderate consumption of this wondrous nut is definitely good for your body. Whole, slivered, or crushed, have your fill of this healthy nut.