Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.
2 packages Neufchatel cheese or light cream cheese
1 cup Non-fat or low-fat ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon Grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 cup Shelled natural American pistachios,finely chopped
Beat cream cheese with ricotta, lemon peel and juice, basil and pistachios. Complete any of the variations below:
Cheese Ball: Chill mixture until firm, shape into dome on appetizer tray. Press an additional 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios onto outside.