Basil Risotto With Pistachios And White Fish

4 servings.

1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
¼ cup Onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons Olive oil, divided
1 cup Arborio rice (risotto style)
1 ½ cups Dry white wine
3 cups Vegetable or chicken broth
3/4 cup Shelled American pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 pound Whitefish fillets, cubed
1 cup Basil leaves
1 tablespoon Butter
2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan


Sauté garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons oil for 1 minute. Add rice and cook, stirring 2 minutes until it toasts lightly. Add wine and simmer, stirring until rice has absorbed the liquid. Continue cooking, adding 1 cup broth every 5 minutes. Simmer, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes longer or until rice is tender. It should be slightly soupy in consistency. Toast pistachios in skillet until they give off a fragrant aroma. Remove from pan. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet, add fish and sauté 4 minutes or until cooked through. Chop half the basil. Stir chopped basil, butter, Parmesan and pistachios into rice. Add fish, gently folding in. If rice is too dry, add more wine or stock. Heat through. Serve at once with remaining basil leaves on top.

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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!