Chinese Fish With Pistachios

Rating: 
Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

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

Instructions: 

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!