Pistachio Topped Pork Medallions With Roast Vegetables

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Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 pound Boneless pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon Olive or vegetable oil
6 tablespoons Shelled American pistachios, chopped
3/4 cup Finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces Cream cheese
2 ounces Raw diced bacon
1 cup Finely chopped onion
1/2 pound Brussels spouts or broccoli flowerets
1/4 pound Carrots, pared and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons Vegetable or chicken broth
1 tablespoon Honey
Salt and pepper

Instructions: 

Slice pork on the diagonal into 1-inch thick slices. Heat oil in skillet and brown pork for 2 or 3 minutes on each side. Combine pistachios, Parmesan and cream cheese. Portion onto tops of pork medallions. Distribute bacon, onion, Brussels sprouts and carrot slices in bottom of wide, shallow baking dish or pan. Add port in single layer, settling them between the vegetables. Mix broth and honey; pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place uncovered on lowest rack in 350°F. oven and roast 30 minutes. Transfer dish to top rack and cook 5 minutes longer. Serve with mashed potatoes, if you like.

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fun facts

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!