American Pistachio Hangtown Fry

3 servings.

3 ounces American pistachios, roughly chopped
4 Large eggs
2 tablespoons Milk
1/2 Green bell pepper, cut in 1/2-inch squares
1/2 Red bell pepper, cut in 1/2-inch squares
1 Jalapeno pepper, diced
1/2 Small red onion, diced
4 ounces Cajun or spicy sausage
8 Oysters
2 tablespoons Sweet butter


Whip eggs and milk together until frothy. Sauté sausage, then onions and peppers, and finally oysters with 1 tablespoon butter for 1 minute. Drain and reserve. Over medium-high heat, melt remaining butter and add whipped eggs, cooking while stirring until barely set. Quickly add peppers, pistachios, sausage, onions and oysters; blend together and serve with fresh pineapple or apple wedges.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 513 calories, 23 g protein, 33 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, 18 g carbohydrates, 8 g sugars, 5 g fiber, 313 mg cholesterol, 415 mg sodium.

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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!