Pistachio Crusted Tilapia With Citrus Salsa by Carol Kicinski

4 servings. 

3 medium oranges, peeled and cut into segments
1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 small jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and finely minced
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, minced
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
1 cup shelled pistachios, roasted and unsalted
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning the fish
½ teaspoon black pepper plus more for seasoning the fish
1 large egg white
4 tilapia filets


Preheat oven to 450° F. Spray a cookie sheet with gluten free non-stick cooking spray.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange segments, grapefruit segments, red onion, jalapeno, mint, lime juice and honey. Let sit while preparing the fish.
Grind the pistachios along with the oregano, thyme, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a food processor until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Pour the mixture into a dinner plate.
Beat the egg white until foamy on another dinner plate. Pat the fish filets dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Dip the filets into the egg white then into the pistachios and coat well. Lay the filets on the prepared baking sheet. Spray the top of the filets lightly with some more cooking spray. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the fish feels firm to the touch.
To serve scoop the salsa out of the dish with a slotted spoon and top the tilapia filets.

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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!