“I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
I love pistachios. I’m a huge fan of nuts in general and I love, love, LOVE pistachios. For this Recipe Redux challenge Wonderful Pistachios send each of us FOUR bags of pistachios. Two bags of shelled and two bags of unshelled. One things I’ve learned this past week…nuts in the shell are great because it takes me a little longer to inhale them 😉 I actually have to take a minute to shell each nut before I eat it…so that’s good news haha.
So why are pistachios so great? Well let’s chat about that!
- First of all pistachios are one of the highest protein and fiber snack nuts and are a great source of heart-healthy fats. Research suggests (but doesn’t prove) that eating 1.5 oz. per day of most nuts…such as pistachios…as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease! That’s always good, right? So yay!
- In-shell pistachios are known as The MINDFUL nut because the leftover shells may provide a visual to help you understand portions better and potentially help you to decrease your intake. On study even found that individuals who ate IN-SHELL pistachios ate 41% fewer calories compared to those who consumed pistachios without the shell. Pretty crazy right!?
- Pistachios are known as the SKINNY nut because they are one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat
snack nuts. Nuts are great but they can be pretty high in calories and fat so you’ve gotta watch portions…pistachios help you with that!
- Pistachios are the HAPPY nut because you because they provide great taste AND good health. So win-win!
So…you can see, pistachios are a pretty amazing nut! I was trying to figure out what kind of recipe to make…I thought of trail mixes, breads, donuts and a few others but then I thought “I should think out of the box” and do something out of my comfort zone. So I decided to make something totally different and you know what, it was a total success. I actually just finished eating it for dinner, and it tasted amazing. Plus this recipe is PACKED with protein (41 grams per serving!) and low in saturated fat (2 grams per serving). It’s also low in sugar (only 3 grams per serving) and has 3 grams of fiber per serving. So not only does it taste great, it’s healthy AND it’s super easy to make, only 7 ingredients!
- 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
- 1-1.5 lb. elk meat (or lean beef), sliced or cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tsp. garlic
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup teriyaki marinade
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup (~2.5 oz.) Wonderful Pistachios
- 1.Cook rice per package directions on the stove
- 2. While rice is cooking, spray and large pan with non-stick spray and add elk (or beef) to pan
- 3. Add garlic, soy sauce and teriyaki marinade to the meat pan and cook over medium heat
- 4. Cook meat until it is browned and cooked through
- 5 .When rice and meat are completely cooked take place rice in equal portions (~1/2 cup each) on plate, or in meal prep containers, and top with equal portions of meat (4-5 oz. each)
- 6. Slice green onions and crush pistachios
- 7. Top each meat and rice by sprinkling the green onions and pistachios equally onto each portion
- 8. Enjoy!