Pistachios, Dried Plums, Pears & Blue Cheese Crackers – The Recipe ReDux {sponsored contest}

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Pair pistachios with just about anything including pears and these simple homemade blue cheese crackers ~ 

Disclosure: Pistachio Health Institute compensated The Recipe ReDux (co-owned by ReganMillerJones, Inc. and Teaspoon Communications), to sponsor this recipe contest and also provided samples of in-shell pistachios. We are not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I generally don’t cook dinner on Sunday nights; we have what my kids call a ‘scrounge-around-for-dinner” night. They are allowed to paw through the refrigerator or pantry to find a fruit, veggie, can, bottle or resealable container of something to contribute to dinner. They love it!

Sometimes dinner is olives, crackers, frozen homemade Lemon Blueberry Muffins and hard boiled eggs. Sometimes it’s apples, bananas, grapes and tuna. It’s not always perfectly balanced, but the new combination of foods is half the fun for the kids.

And that’s what was fun about the latest Recipe ReDux challenge by the Pistachio Health Institute: The combinations of in-shell pistachio pairings that have emerged this week are new and delicious…and fun. (See all the links below!)

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While I’d like to say I thought long and hard to come up with my perfect pairing, all I really did was scrounge around through my cabinets. Because, after all, what DOESN’T pair with pistachios? Here’s what I found:

Homemade Blue Cheese Crackers – I made this deliciously simple recipe from Relish magazine (which I adapted by using half whole wheat flour) for a New Year’s party and froze some of the extra dough. So I pulled it out and baked them up.

Dried plums – The sweet, soft fruit with the crunchy roasted pistachios was ideal.

Pears – In season now, they provided freshness to this pairing. (I might add they are also, as my kindergartener pointed out, the third item to begin with the letter ‘P’ in this Perfect Pairing of Pistachios, Pear, and Plums!)

49 Pistachios – Yup, 49 in-shell pistachios is a serving size; more per serving than any other snack nut! So Crack ‘em, Chew ‘em, Love ‘em, Leave ‘em (now isn’t that a fun “Pistachio Principle” to say?!) Empty pistachio shells may serve as a “visual cue” of how many pistachios are consumed, so don’t discard the shells after enjoying the treat inside.

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How many nights a week do you scrounge around for dinner – or do you keep to a menu plan?

And enjoy…scrounging around for your own perfect in-shell pistachio pairing. Here are some thought starters from other Recipe ReDux bloggers:

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  1. yum I love dried plums! Great pairing with the pistachios :)
    Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen recently posted..The Perfect Pairing for Girls’ NightMy Profile

  2. We keep a fairly strict menu plan, but for snacking – anything goes! I would love to grab a handful of the components in this combo! I have a feeling they would make the perfect bite.
    Joanne recently posted..Red Velvet Hot Fudge SundaesMy Profile

  3. We have preschoolers and younger elementary kids, also. Sunday
    night rest from cooking sounds great. The hunt is on to find
    more quick prep foods that start with a P to go with pistachios.
    I finally have Brussel sprouts to try from your previous post. What
    do you recommend to go with them and pistachios? Thanks for the
    nutritious, yummy inspiration!

  4. Fruit & pistachios are such a great combo. And paired with homemade blue cheese crackers?? YUM. Definitely going to try those.
    Jenny Shea Rawn recently posted..Pistachio Pairing with Oranges, Dark Chocolate, Fondue with Sourdough Pretzels and Cava {Recipe ReDux}My Profile

  5. yummy, a great, amazing and delicious combination we got there, look’s so gorgeous, got to try this combine recipe 😉
    Aurica recently posted..Pound cake in two colorsMy Profile

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