I've always loved pistachios because they're salty and easy to eat and kind of fun. I used to really like the kind that I had to use my teeth to open (don't tell my orthodontist) but now I am thankful that I am usually able to find them already cracked. I have a thing for food in shells - crab legs, nuts, coconut, truffles... :)
Thankfully, pistachios are not only delicious, they are also great for you and a smart way to curb cravings when the potato chip monster rears his ugly head. In fact, a one-ounce serving of pistachios (almost 50 nuts!) has less than 150 calories! And those shells? Built in portion control. Just use the empty pistachio shells in a little pile to remind you how many you've consumed.
I could seriously eat pistachios by the handful. And I do (I am literally eating them as I write this.). But the best part about them is their versatility to be paired with almost anything in the kitchen to come up with countless unique flavor profiles. My absolute favorite though is sweet and salty (I'm looking at you, kettlecorn), and now that I am off to work in the wee hours of this morning, I find myself coming home with a raging appetite and intense craving for all things brunchy. Not only does this pairing taste amazing (and take only seconds to prepare), the healthy fats from the pistachios fills me up and gives me energy to work out and clean and be the super wife I am. Or nap. It's the perfect snack for enjoying on our new front porch!
Either way, you have got to try this. And then try teaming up pistachios with some of your favorite snacks.
Rosemary Blood Orange Brulee with Pistachios and Milk
1 blood orange, sliced
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 oz. shell-on pistachios
1 glass milk of choice
Place orange slices flat on prepbaking sheet or silicone baking mat. Drizzle with honey, and broil in oven for 4-5 minutes, or until sugars begin to caramelize. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh rosemary. Enjoy with in-shell pistachios and milk.
“I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute mentioned in this post. By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
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