Pistachio Crusted Cauliflower Steaks Compliments of Sweet Paul Magazine

4 Servings

2 large heads cauliflower
1 cup shelled pistachios
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of chili flakes


Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut the cauliflower into thick slices. You should get 2 slices from each head. (The leftovers scraps can be prepared the same way.) Finely chop the pistachios—you can do this in a food processor or by hand. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Brush both sides of the cauliflower slices with oil and then sprinkle with pistachios, thyme, salt, pepper, and some chili. Bake until golden, about 15–18 minutes. Serve warm with a simple salad.

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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!