Far East Pistachio Stir Fry

6 servings.

1 pound Flank or skirt steak
5 tablespoons Oil, divided
6 cloves Garlic, minced
1 inch piece Fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 1/2 cups Vegetables (snowpeas, thin sliced broccoli, asparagus, carrots, celery, onion and/or red or green peppers)
3/4 cup Dry sherry or broth
4 tablespoons Oyster sauce
1 Dried red chili pepper or dash of dried red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Brown sugar
1 cup Natural American pistachios


Cut steak across grain into 1/4-inch slices. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in wok or a large skillet. Add garlic and ginger; sauté briefly. Add steak slices and quickly brown all sides, stirring continually. Remove and reserve. Heat remaining oil and sauté vegetables until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove and reserve with meat. Add sherry or broth, oyster sauce, dried chili and brown sugar to pan; stir and cook about 2 minutes. Add steak, vegetables and pistachios to pan; mix and heat through; remove chili pepper. Thicken, if desired, with 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water; add to hot sauce and cook until thickened. Serve with rice.

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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!