Pistachios Celery Romanesco Soup with Pistachios and Chia Seeds


2 cups sliced celery
¾ cup cubed potatoes
¾ cup cubed parsley root
½ cup chopped onions
3 cups broccoli flowerets
2 ½ - 3 cups strong vegetable stock
1 ¼ cup unpeeled Californian pistachios
1 cup cream
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Parsley for garnish


1. Peel celery, potatoes, parsley roots and onions. Clean broccoli and divide into florets.
2. Cut prepared vegetables and potatoes into large cubes. Boil vegetable stock and add vegetables. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Remove pistachios from the shells and chop coarsely.
4. Add cream and half of the pistachios to the soup and puree with a hand blender. Season with salt and pepper and spread into prepared cups.
5. Garnish with remaining pistachios, chia seeds and parsley leaves.

Nutritional information per serving: 425 calories, 35 g fat, 16 g carbohydrates, 11 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!