I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute mentioned in this post. 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.2014-02-02 19.41.52Did you see the pistachio commercial during the Superbowl? I love Steven Colbert, though the head-cracking part is mildly disturbing. (You can see the whole thing here.)

He’s right though – they should sell themselves!  This is my final entry to the RecipeRedux contest sponsored by the Pistachio Health Institute, but please know that I wouldn’t endorse anything for money that I wouldn’t endorse for free, use myself, or recommend to loved ones. (Just think how different advertising would be if celebrities use those standards!)

The Mediterranean diet is hot right now…in fact I think it’s been popular for years.  With its focus on fish, veggies, legumes and other whole foods like nuts and fruit, it’s easy to understand why: it is FAR removed from the typical intake of most Americans!

Here’s a quick dip to whip up and enjoy with cucumbers in this pairing.2014-02-06 15.50.00

Roasted red pepper dip

  • 6 oz plain greek yogurt
  • 1 small (!) clove peeled garlic
  • 1/2 c roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
  • dash of salt, to taste

Puree all ingredients until smooth.  Refrigerate overnight to thicken.  Serve with fresh veggies or whole grain pita chips. 

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Pistachio pairing: roasted red pepper dip + cucumbers + cucumber and lemon infused sparkling water

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