Pistachio And Grain Salad With Shrimp

4 servings.

1 cup Bulgur wheat
1/3 cup Millet (optional)
2/3 cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
1 cup Chopped tomato
3 teaspoons Minced parsley
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
4 tablespoons Freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
2-4 tablespoons Chopped, mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, dill,
oregano, etc.), divided
1 pound Medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined
1 head (small) Romaine lettuce
1 head Fresh broccoli, cut into tiny florets – raw or
steamed as desired
Lemon wedges


Stir bulgur into 2 cups boiling water, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 20 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed (do not drain). If using millet, drop it into 2 cups boiling water, cover and simmer 5 minutes; remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes; drain. Combine bulgur, millet, 1/2 cup pistachios, tomato, parsley, pepper, 3 tablespoons lemon juice and all but 1 tablespoon herbs.
Drop shrimp into 1 inch boiling water in skillet and cook 2-3 minutes or until pink throughout but not tough. Toss hot shrimp with remaining lemon juice and herbs.
To serve, line shallow bowl with spokes of romaine. Spoon salad into center and surround with broccoli. Arrange shrimp on top and sprinkle with remaining pistachios. Pass lemon wedges to squeeze over as desired.

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fun facts

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!