Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pistachio Pairing 2: Toasty Tasty Trio {ReDux}

Yesterday I posted my first pairing, but I warned you that I had a few more ideas up my sleeve. With winter hanging on I was inspired to pair a warm drink with in-shell pistachios and flavoured popcorn - a fun snack for the whole family!

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.

I love popcorn, and the air-popper I received years ago for Christmas is put to good use from time to time when I want a light crunch. My husband isn't as big of a popcorn fan, but one night he got creative and came up with a tasty sweet and spicy combination. These flavours pair well with the sweet and saltiness of in-shell pistachios and a cup of hot cocoa.  Popcorn can be a great kid-friendly snack as you can change up the herbs and spices you use to flavour this whole grain choice - everyone can have a chance to experiment!  For this pairing (my Toasty Tasty Trio), I included:

In-shell pistachios + sweet & spicy popcorn + hot cocoa

To make the popcorn, place 1/2 cup of kernels into your air-popper and pop (or do in the microwave or on the stove).  Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter; then add 1 1/2 tsp of chili powder, and 3 tsp of brown sugar.  Stir to combine and drizzle over the popped corn, stir or shake to distribute the flavour.  Serve warm with in-shell pistachios (remembering to keep the shells visible for mindfulness) and a cup of hot cocoa. Hot cocoa on a cold winter day hits the spot for a bit of sweetness and a way to get in a serving of milk or alternatives.

What do you snack on with your pistachios?

Stay warm!
Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching