Whitefish With American Pistachio Sauce

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Ingredients: 

8 to 12 ounces Cod, halibut or snapper, thawed if necessary
2 tablespoons Cornmeal
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
Dash salt
3 tablespoons Butter, divided
3 tablespoons Roasted/salted American pistachios, chopped
2 tablespoons Dry white wine
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
Orange slices

Instructions: 

Cut fish into serving-sized pieces; dry thoroughly. Combine cornmeal, pepper and salt; dredge fish in mixture. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet. Sauté fish at medium-high heat allowing total cooking time of 10 minutes per inch thickness measured at its thickest part or until lightly browned on both sides and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove fish to warm platter; keep warm. Melt remaining butter in skillet. Add pistachios; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice; cook about 30 seconds longer. Pour sauce over fish; serve immediately. Recipe can be doubled.
Makes 2 servings.

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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.

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