Roasted and salted pistachios combined with creamy and tangy goat cheese make a drool-worthy appetizer. You could also enjoy these tasty, Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese, nuggets on a salad.
Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese
Sometimes on the blog, I feel like I’m on the show Chopped. I’m given ingredients to sample and then write about them. I was sent three bags of pistachios to try. I like pistachios, I put them in appetizers, salads, and cookies, but haven’t ever snacked on them. After reading all the health benefits of pistachios I was anxious to incorporate them into my eating plan.
What are some of the health benefits of pistachios?
- They’re delicious, nutritious and satisfying. With pistachios, you get more nuts per serving – 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves, and 18 cashews.
- Additionally, 30 pistachios make a satisfying, deliciously healthy snack for only 100 calories!
- Pistachios are a good source of fiber. Fiber fills you up without filling you out!
- The Pistachio Principle We all snack, right? Actually eating a healthy snack is good for you. It keeps your metabolism up which means you’ll burn more calories. The key is healthy snacking and mindful eating. Have you ever heard of the Pistachio Principle? The Pistachio Principle is the concept of having a visual cue of quantity. In other words, if you snack on in-shell pistachios your cue to curb overconsumption is seeing the empty shells! I would also think the time it takes you to actually shell the pistachios, makes you more mindful of eating each one versus grabbing a fist full of nuts and eating without having to do anything but open your mouth!
Tips on working out
- “The key to looking and feeling amazing is working out first thing in the morning so the rest of the day you feel virtuous. Plus, you’ll be mindful of what you eat the rest of the day to not feel like you’re ‘throwing away’ what you worked out in the morning.”
- If you can’t work out for an hour starting out or if you don’t have time to dedicate an hour to working out, do what you can. Get in 30 minutes and gradually increase, always strive from progress.
- Mix weight workouts with cardio workouts for maximum results. I’ve recently added weights back in my workouts and am seeing some positive results. You can follow me on instagram and see for yourself.
I enjoy pistachios by themselves as well as in various foods. One of my most favorite pistachio and food combinations is with cheese. This Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese is impossibly easy to make. I took 6 oz of goat cheese and rolled them into small balls about the size of a nickel. You don’t want them too big so don’t make them huge golf-ball size. If you purchase in-shell pistachios, one cup in-shell pistachios will equal approximately one-half cup shelled pistachios. You will need one-half of a cup for 6 oz of goat cheese. Chopped the pistachios fine, the smaller they are the easier they ‘stick’ to the cheese. I drizzled agave nectar over them and served as an appetizer. You could use honey if you prefer. These tasty nuggets would also be wonderful on a green salad.
How do you eat pistachios? Do you have a favorite pistachio recipe?
Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese
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- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon agave nectar
- Roll goat cheese into balls. They need to be small, think size of quarter.
- Mix salt, pepper, and pistachios together.
- Roll goat cheese balls in pistachio mixture.
- Just before serving drizzle with agave nectar.