Turkey Breast Skewers with Pistachios

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Yield: 
2 servings
Ingredients: 

For the skewers:
A boneless turkey breast
Cherry tomatoes, washed
Pistachios, shelled and chopped
Salt
Pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

For the sauce:
2-8 ounce containers of natural yogurts
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Chives

Instructions: 

Clean and cut the turkey breast into medium chunks and season with salt and pepper. Prepare the sauce by mixing the yogurt with the mustard. Salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside half of the sauce; refrigerate. Add the rest of the sauce to the turkey chunks, completely covering the meat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours.

Soak some wooden skewers in water for five minutes to make it easier to puncture the meat. Chop the pistachios to the coarseness you prefer. Remove the meat and sauce from the refrigerator; coat the chunks of turkey with the chopped pistachios. Skewer the three turkey chunks alternately with three cherry tomatoes. Leave the skewers on a platter or baking sheet.

Sprinkle with a trickle of extra virgin olive oil, salt the tomatoes to taste, and place in the oven preheated to 400° F for about 20 minutes, until you see that the meat is done. Serve it with the sauce you have set aside, to which you can add some chopped chives.

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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!