Chinese Fish With Pistachios

4 servings.

1 pound Lean firm-fleshed white fish fillets
(cod, flounder, sole, haddock, halibut)
1/4 cup Shelled natural American pistachios
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1 cup Sliced celery
1 cup Thin onion wedges
1 tablespoon Minced garlic
1 tablespoon Grated fresh ginger root
1 cup Tomato cubes
4 servings Hot cooked rice
Ground pepper and lemon juice or salt


Season both sides of fish fillets with pepper and lemon juice (or salt). Roll up fillets and place seam down on heatproof plate. Sauté pistachios in oil in large skillet; remove from pan with slotted spoon, leaving oil. Add celery, onion, garlic and ginger to skillet; sauté until nearly tender. Add tomato and cook, stirring until hot. Turn vegetables onto platter and keep warm. Place plate of fish on rack over 1/2-inch boiling water in the skillet. Cover and steam 7 to 9 minutes or until fish flakes with fork. Transfer fish to the top of vegetables. Sprinkle with roasted pistachios. Serve with hot 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!