New Orleans Seafood With Pistachio Orange Sauce

4 servings.

1 pound Scallops
1/2 pound Medium prawns, shelled
1 tablespoon Butter or margarine
Pistachio Orange Sauce (recipe follows)
2 tablespoons Shelled, natural American pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon Sliced garlic
1/4 cup Chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme or tarragon
1/2 cup Diced onion
1 1/2 cups Dry white wine
1/2 cup Fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Flour
1/2 cup Heavy cream
1 tablespoon Grated orange peel
1/3 cup Shelled, natural American pistachios
Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


Sauté scallops and prawns gently in butter in skillet about 4-6 minutes or until cooked through but still tender. Divide into 4 warmed, individual ramekins or a single shallow baking dish. Spoon Pistachio Orange Sauce over. Garnish with chopped pistachios.
Pistachio Orange Sauce:
Combine garlic, herbs, onion, wine and juice in saucepan. Bring to boil and boil uncovered at high heat for about 10 minutes. Strain into 1 cup measuring cup and add water if less than 1 cup. Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour then gradually stir in cream, hot wine mixture and the orange peel. Cook, stirring, until sauce comes to a boil and is thickened. Stir in pistachios. Season with salt and pepper.

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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!