American Pistachio And Lamb-filled Peppers

4 servings.

½ pound Diced lamb*
½ cup Chopped onion
2 tablespoons Oil
2/3 cup Rice
1-1/3 cups Boiling water
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Dried mint, crushed**
½ cup Seeded and chopped tomato
½ cup Chopped natural American pistachios
4 whole Green peppers


Combine lamb, onion and oil in microwave-proof dish; microwave, covered, at HIGH 5 minutes, stirring once. Drain. Add rice, water, lemon juice, salt and mint. Microwave, covered, at HIGH 7 minutes longer; let stand 6 or 7 minutes. Stir in tomato and pistachios. Slice ½ inch off stem end of each pepper; remove core and seeds. Fill cavity with rice mixture. Place filled peppers in microwave-proof dish; microwave, covered, at HIGH 6 minutes. Microwave at MEDIUM 7 minutes or until filling is hot and peppers are tender; rotate dish ¼ turn halfway through cooking time.

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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!