Pan-fried Salmon With American Pistachio And Green Bean Salsa

4 servings.

2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 Clove garlic, finely chopped
1 Small red onion, finely diced
1 Red pepper, de-seeded and finely diced
1 Green chili, de-seeded and finely chopped
3 ½ ounces Unsalted, shelled American Pistachios, chopped
7 ounces Green beans, halved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Fresh parsley, finely chopped
4 Salmon fillets, weighing about 6 oz each
1 tablespoons Olive oil
1 Lime


To make the salsa, heat the oil in a frying pan and stir in the garlic, onion, red pepper, chili and nuts and cook over low heat. Meanwhile, cook the beans in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, drain and add to the salsa with the seasoning. Stir in the parsley.
Wash and wipe the salmon fillets with paper towels. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and cook the salmon for 4 minutes. Turn and cook an additional 4 minutes, until just cooked through. Serve the salmon with the salsa and a squeeze of the lime.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!