Pistachio Apple Turkey Scallopini

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Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 pound Turkey breast slices
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
4 tablespoons Butter or margarine
4 tablespoons Olive or vegetable oil
2 cups Apple slices
1/4 cup *Apple brandy
1/2 cup *Dry white wine
1/2 cup Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped

Instructions: 

Pound turkey until somewhat flattened. Mix flour, salt and pepper and dip turkey in mixture. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 12-inch skillet, add 2 tablespoons oil and heat. Add turkey, half at a time, and sauté over high heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until light golden, turning once. Transfer to platter, keep warm. In skillet, add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and oil then add apples and sauté over medium heat about 6 minutes until tender. Scrape pan drippings, then add brandy, wine and pistachios. Cook sauce until reduced to about half, then spoon over turkey.
*If desired, omit apple brandy and white wine; substitute 1 cup apple juice.

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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!