Pistachio-Shrimp with Purple Broccoli Sprouts and White Bean Puree

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4 Servings
Ingredients: 

¾ cup unpeeled pistachios
1 organic lemon
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves of garlic
15 oz. can white beans (drained)
3 tablespoons peanut oil
½ - ¾ cup vegetable stock
Salt and pepper
3 cups purple broccoli sprouts
20 Black Tiger shrimp 16/20, ready to cook

Instructions: 

1. Remove pistachios from the shells and chop coarsely. Wash lemon in hot water, wipe dry and grate the peel finely.
2. Mix lemon peel and pistachio with butter and sea salt. Knead well and set aside. Peel garlic. Wash the beans in a colander under running cold water and drain.
3. Heat one-tablespoon peanut oil in a pan. Sauté the garlic, until golden. Add vegetable stock and boil. Add beans, boil once more and remove from heat. Afterwards, clean broccoli and drain.
4. Puree the ingredients with a hand blender and season with salt and pepper.
5. Boil some water and salt. Blanch broccoli for about 4 minutes and rinse under cold water.
6. Heat pistachio butter and remaining peanut oil in a large skillet. Fry shrimp for 4 minutes. Remove and keep warm. Afterwards, fry broccoli in pistachio butter for 2 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
7. Arrange shrimp, bean puree and broccoli sprouts on the plates, sprinkle with the remaining pistachio butter from the pan.

Nutritional information per serving: 550 calories, 36 g fat, 25 g carbohydrates, 31 g E.

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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!