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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wonderful Pistachios: So Many Nut Jokes, So Little Time.

So I was given the opportunity to host a Big Game bash featuring one of my favorite items in the world: Wonderful Pistachios. I went nuts, especially since I wouldn't have to shell out for a big bag of them. (Rimshot) Since Wonderful Pistachios are so fabulously healthy, I figured I'd be nuts not to go with a "Healthy But Tasty" theme, with healthy spins on standard superbowl faves. Ta-daa!

For the wings: I baked them in the oven on a flat baking sheet at 400 degrees after brushing them with a bit of hot sauce. It takes quite a while for  them to get crunchy using this method, so plan accordingly. Once done, I tossed them in a basic wing sauce using 1/3 cup butter and 1/4 cup hot sauce. 

For the nachos: I used organic blue corn tortilla chips as a base, and topped it with a light cheese sauce, black beans, seasoned white chicken breast, fresh tomatoes and chopped fresh jalapenos.

The  meatballs are a little less standard, but still  a staple for many sports gatherings. The sauce is incredibly simple: it's just chili sauce and grape jelly. Seriously. It's really good. it's usually made with frozen meatballs, so for my healthier spin, I made my own. I used ground turkey for the meatballs, and sugar-free grape jelly in the sauce.

Recipe: (makes 16 meatballs)
Meatballs, made your way
12 fluid ounces tomato-based chili sauce
1 1/4 cups grape jelly

  1. In a large skillet, heat shortening over medium heat. Add meatballs, and cook until browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels.
  2. Add chili sauce and jelly to skillet; heat, stirring, until jelly is melted. Return meatballs to skillet, and stir until coated. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

I got the recipe here.  It has a handy tool for adjusting the amount if needed.

The condiments even fit the theme. I used light ranch, light bleu cheese, and a fresh salsa.


Presenting center stage, of course, is a big bowl of shelled and tempting Wonderful Pistachios. The bowl is ingenious...the bottom section holds the shells. I opted to have them unshelled for ease of munch.

Included were some great favors...thundersticks, which the kids kept using as swords, and stress balls, as well as fabulous single-serve nut packs.

The comments were endless, about squeezing nuts, giant nuts, to one man commenting that his wife had his nuts in her purse. Apparently on the way home, someone even left his nuts at the gas station by mistake. Luckily, they were recovered.

Wonderful Pistachios are a staple for me...I keep them handy for those "temptation moments" when you want a salty snack, and they're great for when you're out and about and starving. I find they're always very fresh and tasty.

Beware if you decide to take on the Speed Cracking Challenge, however. There are some real nuts out there that are not amused.

When Nuts Are Cracked, People Are Unhappy. from Mojocastle on Vimeo.

I received free products from Crowdtap in exchange for my review. My opinions are my own.

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