Well, I really wish I could tell you it’s lots of money, but alas it’s PISTACHIOS, lots and lots of pistachios! If you follow me on twitter, I won a contest from @thegreennut for a years worth of pistachios plus a subscription to Prevention magazine. I was so excited because I rarely win anything! I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was thinking that maybe I would get a bag every month, or little bags so I could do a giveaway. I was so shocked when I opened the door to find a giant box full of pistachios! Thank you!
I guess this would be a years worth! wow, I couldn’t get over it and I don’t think I’ve seen that many nuts in my entire life. Right now I have 3 gallon bags in the freezer, 2 bags in the fridge, 1 in the pantry and 5 sandwich bags full of them.
Do you have any good pistachio recipes?? One that I have to try to make is baklava. Anyone ever try to make pistachio butter? hmmm so many possibilities!
Here are some cool facts on pistachios:
- One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts (160 kcals), more than any other tree nut
- 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 has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%)
- 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
- Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado
Check out their website, they have lots of yummy looking recipes that I want to try too.
Since I had the day off today (glorious!), I got caught up on some school work. I finished a lit review and presentation for sports nutrition, although I didn’t make too much progress on my proposal and presentation for research methods :( the day just flew by too darn fast!
I also treated myself to a little house cleaning since it was in desperate need, and did a little baking :) Could this have been the reason my day flashed before my eyes?? . . . nah I blame it on taking Chris out to lunch at BJ’s since he had to work :)
Morning eats started with pistachio date oats. I can’t get over dates in oatmeal! It makes it taste like caramel-y heaven, and the pistachios give a nice contrasting crunch.
For a snack I had 1/2 of the Clif Spiced Pumpkin Pie Bar. I didn’t really like this flavor, and I will not be getting this one again. It didn’t have any cinnamon in it and had a strange ‘fish-like’ taste to me? Weird. I would much prefer making these bars from Dan which are soo much better.
I tried a new spice today called cardamom in Cardamom Banana Bread with Pistachios from CookingLight. It’s a very interesting spice, aromatic and warm, but with a licorice type flavor. I can’t quite put my finger on the taste? I guess I just have to keep tasting!
I used 1/2 whole wheat & 1/2 AP flour. I reduced the butter by 1 tbsp, doubled the cardamom and added a bit of cinnamon and some dates. It turned out nice and Chris is very fond of the quick breads.
Dinner consisted of a bunch of leftover items in the fridge that I needed to use or risk wastage. I enjoy trying to make things from random ingredients because I hate wasting.
I made a mix of roasted goodness (sweet potato, apple, brussels sprouts, and apple chicken sausage) with a maple glaze . . .
Hope you are having a fantastic week so far! I am so looking forward to the holidays and a little break, just have to get through. I also want to say Happy Veteran’s Day, so thankful for those who dedicate their lives for our protection.
What’s your favorite way to use pistachios?