Red Square Pistachio Stir Fry

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3/4 pound Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 large Red onion, cut into strips
1 pound Red bell peppers, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups Shredded red cabbage
1/3 cup Shelled natural American pistachios Snipped fresh chives
Sauce (recipe follows)
2 cups Hot cooked rice

Instructions: 

Cut chicken into narrow strips. Stir-fry over high heat in 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet or wok about 3 minutes until tender but not dry; remove from pan. Return pan to heat. When hot, add onion and stir-fry until tender, about 3 minutes. Add bell peppers, cabbage and pistachios. Stir-fry 2 minutes longer until tender-crisp. Return chicken to pan; stir up the sauce mixture and add. Cook; stirring until hot and sauce is glossy. Sprinkle chives on top and serve with rice.
Sauce Recipe: Mix 1/2 cup dry sherry, 2 tablespoons soy sauce (use reduced sodium soy sauce if available) and 1 tablespoon each cornstarch, brown sugar, minced fresh garlic and minced pared fresh ginger root.

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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!