Southwestern Pistachio Pepper Bread

Rating: 
Yield: 
1 loaf.
Ingredients: 

1/2 cup Butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3/4 cup Milk
1-1/2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon Baking powder
2 - 4 teaspoons Crushed red pepper (dried flakes)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Drained, canned corn kernels
3/4 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios

Instructions: 

Beat butter with sugar, eggs and milk. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, red pepper and salt and stir into first mixture. Fold in corn and 1/2 cup pistachios. Turn into greased and floured 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup pistachios on top. Bake at 350°F., for 1-1/2 hours or until a pick inserted into center comes out dry. Cover loaf with foil if it starts to get too dark. Cool briefly then turn out and cool on rack.

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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!