Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Pistachio Kale Pesto


1-pound Sweet potato gnocchi dry weight
1 sup American pistachio kernels
1 cup Pistachio kale pesto (Recipe below)
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Pistachio Kale Pesto
3 Garlic cloves
½ cup American pistachio kernels
1 ½ cups Kale (Washed and no stems, rough chop)
½ cup fresh basil (rough chopped and no stems)
1 teaspoon Red toasted chili flakes
½ Juice from lemon
1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Grated parmesan-reggiano
Combine all ingredients in food processor until a paste consistency


Cook gnocchi al dente in salted water and drain. Let cool in ice bath to avoid over cooking. Heat sauté pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil at medium high heat. Sauté gnocchi 3-4 minutes until gnocchi are light golden brown. Turn off heat and add pesto and toss until gnocchi are fully coated with pesto. Garnish with shaved parmesan-reggiano and pistachios.

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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.

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