Moroccan Pistachio Couscous Dressing

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Yield: 
6 cups.
Ingredients: 

1 cup Couscous
1/4 cup Olive or vegetable oil
2 cups Water
1 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios
1 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cup Chopped fresh mint
1 Red bell pepper, chopped
3 teaspoons Cinnamon
3 teaspoons Ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste*
12 to 14 pound Turkey
Olive or vegetable oil

Instructions: 

Sauté couscous in 1/4 cup oil in large skillet until golden. Add water, cover and cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until water is absorbed. Mix in pistachios, raisins, parsley, mint, bell pepper and spices. Salt and pepper to taste.* Stuff into turkey, truss and place in roasting pan. Roast at 325ºF., 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 170º in meaty place. Baste turkey with olive oil or pan drippings every 30 minutes. If preferred, prepare stuffing in separate casserole dish and bake covered at 325ºF., 45 minutes or until hot and moist.

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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!