I was in the kitchen today cooking up some harissa roasted root vegetables (recipe to come) and crunchy chickpeas and still had pistachios on my mind from my recent pairing post. I was snacking on chickpeas and thought, Mmmmm…in-shell pistachios would be great with this. Why pistachios? Did you know that discarded shells, left visible may be associated with increased snacking satisfaction? In a recent study, participants who left pistachio shells on their desk reduced their calorie consumption by 18 percent compared to participants who discarded shells immediately after consumption.
My pistachio pairing part 2:
- In shell pistachios
- harissa roasted chickpeas (recipe below)
- pomegranate seeds
The harissa (a north African pepper and tomato paste) is a bit spicy so might be more suitable for an adult palate. This sweet, spicy, nutty combination is to die for!
Harissa Roasted Chickpeas
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
- 1 tablespoon harissa
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Spread onto a sheet pan (single layer) and roast for 45-60 minutes @ 400 until brown and crispy.
What would you pair with in-shell pistachios?
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.”
Katie Cavuto MS RD