American Pistachio Moussaka

about 1-3/4 cups.

2 Medium eggplants, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 cup Butter or margarine, melted
3/4 pound Ground beef
1 Large onion, chopped
1 can Tomato sauce
1/4 cup Chopped parsley
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 cup Coarsely chopped natural American pistachios
2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese
Custard (recipe follows)


Brush both sides of eggplant with butter; broil, 4 minutes per side. Set aside. Brown beef and onion; drain excess fat. Add tomato sauce, parsley, salt, cinnamon and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. In a 2-1/2 quart shallow baking pan layer 1/2 eggplant and 1/2 meat mixture; repeat. Pour Custard over top. Bake at 375°F., 30 minutes. Sprinkle pistachios, then cheese on top; bake an additional 10 minutes or until heated through.

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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!