Sweet and Sour Pistachio Meatballs

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Serves: 6 (36 meatballs in total)
Ingredients: 

1.5 lbs. ground turkey
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
½ cup shelled pistachios, chopped
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium egg, beaten
Pinch salt and ground black pepper to serve

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
½ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup malt vinegar
1 small can pineapple in juice, roughly chopped
½ cup tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Instructions: 

To serve:
Shelled pistachios, roughly chopped

Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, pistachios, onion, egg and salt. With wet hands shape the mixture into balls about the size of a walnut. Place in shallow pan and bake at 400° F for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

For Sweet and Sour Sauce:
To make the sweet and sour sauce combine all the ingredients in a pan, bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Thread the meatballs onto wooden skewers. Garnish with pistachios and serve with the sauce.


Nutritional Information per serving (based on 6 servings): 358 calories, 21 g protein, 14 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 28 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 1.7 g sodium.

Per serving (based on 6 servings):

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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!