Nancy's “Falafel” Pistachios By: Nancy Silverton

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Ingredients: 

Roasted pistachios
1 quart shelled pistachios
1 ounce canola oil
2 oz “falafel” spice
6 pods of chile de arbol
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups raw garlic (yields 4 ounces of garlic chips)
2 cups olive oil

“Falafel” spice
1 ounce of ground basil
1 ounce of ground marjoram
1 ounce of cumin
1 ounce of coriander
1 ounce of ground rosemary
½ ounce of turmeric

Instructions: 

To toast the nuts
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spread the pistachios on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until they’re lightly browned.

Garlic chips
Take peeled garlic cloves and slice on a mandolin, to paper-thin consistency. Pour olive oil into a sauté pan and heat on medium. Add garlic slices to the pan and cook until golden brown and crispy. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel to drain.

In a 12 inch sauté pan, heat canola oil over medium heat and add chile de arbol to lightly toast. Add roasted pistachios (keep in shell), and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle in 2 ounces of falafel spice and salt, tossing pistachios in pan until complete coated, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with garlic chips. Serve warm or room temperature.

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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!