Tuna With Fennel And Pistachio Lime Sauce


2 Large fennel bulbs
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
Fresh red chile, seeded and sliced
Tuna steaks
1 tablespoon Olive or vegetable oil
1 cup Whole shelled American pistachios
Shallots, peeled and sliced
½ cup Vegetable stock
¼ cup Lime juice
½ cup Whipping cream
Salt and pepper
4 servings Hot, cooked rice
Lime slices and mint sprigs, for garnish


Trim fennel stalks to within ½-inch of bulb; trim off root end. Thinly slice fennel lengthwise. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in skillet. Add fennel and chile and sauté for 10 minutes over medium heat. Rinse and dry tuna and brush with the oil. Fry in oiled pan or grill over medium coals for 1 to 3 minutes on each side, according to taste and depending upon thickness. Grind ¾ cup of the pistachios. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter in pan, add shallots and ground pistachios and sauté for 2 minutes. Add stock, lime juice and cream. Simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange fennel and tuna on plate. Spoon sauce over. Sprinkle with whole pistachios. Serve with rice and garnish with lime slices and mint.
Makes 4 servings.

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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!