Please note that 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.
In-shell Pistachios + Raspberries + Mini Pancakes + Honey + Carbonated Water & OJ
I love breakfast foods, but to keep things light, I made the pancakes with oats, cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon, and then I made them small. In-shell pistachios are already shown to help us with portion control, but smaller servings and smaller dishes can also help us out.
To make the mini pancakes, combine 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup dry oats, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Blend ingredients together with a hand-blender (or actual blender or magicbullet, etc.) until smooth. Heat a grill or frying pan to medium-low. Once warm, add about 1/8 cup of batter for each mini pancake. Watch for them to release from the pan (about 2-3 minutes), then flip and cook for another 2 minutes or so. This makes about 10 mini pancakes.
Serve with raspberries and drizzle with honey (optional, since the vanilla and cinnamon already provide sweetness). I used a toothpick to hold 4 pancakes together.
I paired this with carbonated mineral water with a splash of orange juice, but you could also use prosecco and orange juice for a more indulgent treat. You only need a splash of juice for colour and a bit of taste to keep it as a refreshing accompaniment. This pairing gives you warmth, sweetness, lightness, crunch, a bit of saltiness, and a refreshing finish.
Perhaps a great romantic way to start your Valentine's Day next week,
Steph Langdon, RD
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