I don’t know where my head was for the first 25 or 30 years of my life, but until a few years ago, if you’d asked me if I liked pistachios, I probably would’ve made a face and said something like, “Ew! No!”
Then again, until a few years ago, I’d never actually tried a pistachio. I mean, let’s face it — they’re kind of weird looking and green, and it really takes some work to get into them sometimes. And they leave a mess once you’ve cracked them all open.
Now I know, of course, that it’s totally worth the work and the mess to have even just one delicious little pistachio. They are SO GOOD. And I have to make up for some lost time!
Obviously, they’re really great crushed up on salmon, but you know what I absolutely cannot get enough of right now? Salt and pepper pistachios. The salty flavor is nominal — it’s really the spice of the pepper that really brings it on home for me.
Oh, did you think I was going to put a recipe in here? Nope, sorry. All I’m going to say is that I buy them by the biggest bag I can find at my local grocery store (Wonderful Pistachios makes them) and at Trader Joe’s, where they have their store brand pistachios seasoned with salt and pepper. Both brands are deliciously spicy but not so much so that you need, like, water right away. Just perfect.
And they pack some good stuff in there with all that flavor. In about a 1/2 cup (with shells on), you’re looking at 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein — no wonder a little snack tides my rumbly stomach over. Although, I will admit that I have to be careful not to go over — like, waaaay over — that 1/2 cup serving size. They’re so cute and little and delicious, and I’m totally burning calories just cracking the little buggers open, right?
Oh, moderation. Sometimes you’re a party pooper.
What’s your favorite snack right now? What do I need to try out next? —Kristen