Spring Rolls With Pistachio Salsa

4 servings

2 Boned, skinned chicken breast halves, cubed
5 tablespoons Olive or vegetable oil, for frying
½ cup Uncooked red lentils
1 to ½ cups Vegetable stock
12 ounces Red chard
Salt and pepper
8 to 10 Egg roll wrappers
Pistachio Salsa:
¾ cup Whole shelled American pistachios
Ripe mango, peeled, diced
Medium tomatoes, diced
Small red chile, seeded and finely sliced
½ cup Chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons Lime juice
2 tablespoons Olive oil, for salsa


Sauté chicken in 1 tablespoon oil in skillet just until cooked, about 4 minutes. Remove from pan. Add lentils to drippings remaining in pan and cook 1 minute. Add 1 cup stock, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Clean chard, stack leaves and shred crosswise. Add chard to lentils, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until lentils are cooked. Add another ½ cup stock if pan gets dry. Add cooked chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon filling in diagonal strip across each egg roll wrapper. Fold in ends and roll wrapper around filling. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons oil in skillet. Add spring rolls and fry until crispy. Drain on paper towels and serve with pistachio salsa.
Pistachio Salsa: Toast pistachios in pan until fragrant. Remove from pan and finely chop. Mix pistachios, mango, tomatoes, chile, cilantro, lime juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add salt and pepper if desired.

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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!