American Pistachio-crusted Eggplant

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Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 to 1-1/2 cups Fresh whole-grain bread crumbs
½ teaspoon each Basil and oregano, crushed
¼ teaspoon each Rosemary, crushed, salt and pepper
¼ cup Roasted/salted American pistachios, finely chopped
1 medium Eggplant
1 to 2 tablespoons Olive oil
Eggs
8 ounces Sliced Monterey jack or mozzarella cheese
8 ounces Prepared spaghetti sauce

Instructions: 

Combine crumbs, seasonings and pistachios; mix thoroughly. Cut both ends of eggplant; pare vertically to give strip effect. Slice ¼-inch thick. Place single layer on greased baking sheet; brush with oil. Broil 4 inches from heat about 6 minutes or until tender. Beat eggs. Dip eggplant slices into egg mixture then crumb mixture; coat both sides. Arrange in single layer on greased baking sheet. Bake at 375° F. about 15 minutes or until golden. Top half the eggplant with sliced cheese; broil only until cheese melts. Spoon 2 ounces spaghetti sauce onto each plate. Top 2 cheese-covered eggplant slices with 2 plain slices; serve on spaghetti sauce. Repeat for each serving.

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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!