Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachios, Edamame and Shitake Mushrooms

Rating: 
Yield: 
4
Ingredients: 

1 cup Quinoa (Rinsed)
1 cup Cold filtered water
1 cup Chicken stock (Homemade or low sodium store bought)
¼ cup American pistachio kernels
¼ cup Edamame beans (Removed from pod)
½ cup Kale (washed and chiffonade)
1 each Garlic bulb (minced)
1 cup Shitake mushrooms (Sliced)
¼ cup Roasted tomatoes or sundried tomatoes
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Italian parsley
1 teaspoon Granulated onion
Kosher salt and fresh cracker black pepper to taste

Instructions: 

Place water, stock and quinoa in sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once a boil occurs turn off heat and cover with a lid. Melt butter in sauce pan. Add sliced mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until soft (3-4 minutes). Add minced garlic and kale and cook until kale is wilted. Remove edamame from pods. Fluff quinoa and incorporate mushrooms, kale, pistachios, tomatoes and edamame. Season with granulated onion, salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley.

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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!