Orange Beef Pistachio Stir-fry


3/4 pound Boneless lean beef, thinly sliced cross-grain
1 tablespoon Each dry sherry and soy sauce
2 teaspoons Each sugar and cornstarch
1 teaspoon Grated fresh ginger root
1/8 teaspoon Dried red chilies, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Orange
6 tablespoons Vegetable oil
3/4 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios, divided
2 stalks Green onion, diagonally sliced


Combine beef sherry, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, ginger, chilies, salt and pepper; mix well and marinate 20 minutes. Peel orange and remove white pulpy layer; save orange for other use. Julienne orange layer of peel. Heat oil in skillet; stir-fry 1/2 cup pistachios and orange peel 1 minute or until pistachios are lightly browned. Remove pistachios and orange peel with slotted spoon and set aside. Add meat to skillet and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Remove and serve.

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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!