Vegetable Pasta With Turmeric Pistachio Butter

4 servings

¾ pound Fresh Okra or small zucchini
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 Medium red onion (1 pound), cut in narrow wedges
1 Large red chile pepper, seeded and minced
1 Large garlic clove, minced
1 cup Vegetable stock
12 ounces Fettuccine or large egg noodles
1 1/3 cups Whole shelled American pistachios
¼ cup Butter or margarine
½ teaspoon Turmeric


Rinse okra, trim away stems then cut into halves of quarters. If using zucchini, trim away stems, then cut into finger-sized sticks. Heat oil in skillet, add okra or zucchini, onions, and chile and sauté gently about four minutes. Add garlic and stock. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cook pasta in kettle of boiling water for 14 minutes or until al dente. In another pan, toast pistachios until fragrant. Add butter and let it melt. Mix in turmeric until blended. Drain pasta. Toss pasta, vegetables and pistachio turmeric butter together and serve promptly.

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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!