So there I was, innocently wandering the halls of the local Aircraft hanger.. um, I mean Supermarket. I think we may have run out of something, or needed a last minute item, but anyway, there I was. This particular store actually has a pretty nice Organic/Natural section cordoned off from the ‘normal’ food. One product line they carry is Living Intentions, a company that specializes in soaked, dried nuts. So, when I’m there, I look in for whatever Living Intentions products they have. This time, the only two things they had were Pumpkin seeds, and Chipotle Pistachios .
I was not particularly enthused by this meager offering since I’m just not that into Pumpkin seeds, and Chipotle Pistachios?? Well, my wife got the Pistachios to munch on the way home, and they were pretty good, but we didn’t eat a lot of them. But then…
My wife was trying to figure out how to jazz up a rather stale, routine chicken and rice dish. Normally, we’d add some raw cheese and a veggie on top, but the Chipotle Pistachios inspired my wife. After a whirlwind of activity, she produced a relish like nothing I had ever had! See below for her creation:
Chipotle Cranberry Relish (serves 4)
(make to taste; amounts are approximate)
3-4 Ounces of fresh Cranberries
Half a bag Living Intentions Chipotle Pistachios (or 2.5 oz of other soaked/dried nut and add 1-2 teaspoon of chipotle seasoning**)
1 small Orange
1-2 Tablespoon Lime juice
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 small bunch of Cilantro (about 1/3 cup)
Sea Salt to taste
Grind nuts in food processor; add cranberries and process. Then add orange, olive oil, lime juice, and salt (and Chipotle spices** if adding separately from nuts). Blend, then add cilantro until well mixed. End result should somewhat resemble the consistency of fresh homemade cranberry relish (thick and a little juicy).
Serve on Chicken and Rice.
If you can’t find Living Intentions nuts at a store near you (or if you have time and prefer doing it the hard way), you can soak your choice of nuts for 6-9 hours, drain, then scatter on a tray in your dehydrator or stove (on it’s lowest setting) and top with Chipolte seasoning. Let dry/dehydrate for roughly 12-15 hours or until done.
**Chipotle seasoning (roughly from the Living Intentions label): Chili powder, Onion powder, Cumin, Sea Salt, and Tamari sauce (gluten-free). Wheat eaters could use regular Soy Sauce in place of the Tamari. Organic seasonings are best as they are non-irradiated.
So next time you get a chance, duck into random Aircraft hangers and look for some soaked nuts in the natural food section–they’re usually behind the torque wrenches.