Fat Free Pistachio Chimichurri By: Chef Tory McPhail

Approximately 42 servings

2 cups ice water
8 ounces roasted, salted unshelled pistachios
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 lemons, zested & juiced, about 1/2 cup
3 cups chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon hot sauce


In blender, combine all ingredients; puree on the highest setting until the sauce is smooth and the color is a bright pale green. Adjust the seasoning as needed based on the type of hot sauce and Creole seasonings that you use. The flavor will be bold and robust without being over powering. You can seal the sauce in an air-tight container up to 24 hours ahead and it will be perfect painted on grilled meats, carved beef, crab cakes, fresh shrimp or used in ways similar to how you’d use pesto.

Nutritional Information per 1 TBSP Serving: 34 calories, 1 g protein, 2.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 2 g carbohydrates, .5 g sugars, 1 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium.

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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!