Lamb-pistachio Tabouleh

4-6 servings.

1 1/2 cups In-shell American pistachios
1 3/4 cups Vegetable broth
1 cup Couscous
3/4 lb. Lean boneless lamb, cut into cubes
1tablespoon Red chile pepper, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon Minced garlic
4 tablespoons Olive oil (divided)
3/4 pound Red onions cut into narrow wedges
1/2 pound Frozen okra or fresh zucchini chunks
1 medium Red bell pepper cut into strips
1 cup Coarsely chopped parsley
1/4 cup Lime juice
1 tablespoon Honey
Salt and pepper


Shell pistachios (to get 3/4 cup) and chop coarsely. Heat 1 1/2 cups broth to a boil; mix in couscous, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Toss lamb with chile and garlic. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in skillet, add lamb and onion and sauté over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until cooked as desired. In another pan, combine okra with remaining cup stock and cook minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain; halve okra if large. Combine couscous, pistachios, lamb, onion, okra, bell pepper and parsley in bowl. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons oil, lime juice, honey and salt and pepper to taste. Add to couscous and toss well. Chill at least 30 minutes to marinate and develop flavors.

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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!