Spaghetti Squash Pistachiano

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Yield: 
2 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 Spaghetti squash, about 1-1/2 pounds
1/2 cup Natural American pistachio
1/4 cup Fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup Sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed), drained and chopped
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions: 

Pierce squash several times with fork. Place in microwave; cook, uncovered, on HIGH 9 to 10 minutes or until squash is fork-tender. Turn squash over once during cooking. Remove from oven; set aside to cool slightly. Halve squash lengthwise; remove seeds. Lift out spaghetti-like strands with fork and place on 2 microwave-safe dinner plates. Sprinkle each serving with pistachios, basil, tomatoes and olive oil; fluff with 2 forks to mix. Combine Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses; sprinkle over spaghetti. Return plates to microwave; cook on HIGH for approximately 30 seconds longer. Serve immediately.

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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!