Steamed Octopus, American Pistachios Pesto and Puntarelle Chicory

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4 servings
Ingredients: 

320 g. cleaned octopus chunks
240 g. puntarelle - chicory
80 g. shelled American pistachios, finely chopped
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
80 g. datterini cherry tomatoes cut into cubes
Grated rind of one lemon
Juice of one lemon

Instructions: 

For the preparation of the pistachio pesto:
in a bowl combine the pistachios finely chopped, the cherry tomatoes into small cubes, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon peel. Whisk slightly so as to obtain a thick sauce.
Cook the octopus in water (starting with cold water) for about an hour or anyway until it will be very tender.
During the octopus cooking clean the chicory, cut into thin slices and leave them for 30 minutes in ice water so that they can curl slightly.
Let the octopus cool. Cut it into pieces of about one centimeter, dress them with very little salt.
Just add salt also on chicory, arrange it in the dish with octopus chunks and then season with pistachios pesto.

About 220 kcal per person


Nutritional comment of Dr. Nicola Sorrentino, Head of Columbus Clinic Diet
This dish, low in calories but rich in taste and beneficial properties, is indicated for those who want to lose weight. Chicory counts only 10 kcal x 100 grams, the octopus 57 kcal. With a bitter but pleasant taste, chicory also contains vitamins and salts, as well as antioxidants such as flavonoids and inulin, a powerful probiotic. The octopus, certainly among the fish products with fewer calories, is low in fat and rich in connective tissue with satiating effect. To complete the salutary effect of the dish, the extra virgin olive oil, cherry tomatoes and lemon zest. Pistachios could not miss to strengthen the antioxidant properties.

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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!