Tasty snacks that are actually healthy
The holidays may be peak season for elaborate, tradition-steeped dishes, but they are also a time when most of us feel overwhelmed and could use something fast and fabulous to take the edge off the stress of entertaining. This finger food answers that call beautifully, and it’s healthful, to boot.
It flashes with festive color, with creamy white goat cheese on crispy shards of pita that become a canvas for a confetti of rubyred pomegranate seeds, green pistachios and mint: ingredients that give you creamy, crunchy, fruity, fresh, sweet and savory at once in each bite. Making the pita toasts requires minimal effort from start to finish, and it’s something you can pull together at a moment’s notice because you can prep most of the elements several days in advance.
To make the toasts, you slice whole-grain pita into rounds, brush them with olive oil, cut them into wedges and bake just until crisped. Making them at home this way yields a top quality, ultrathin, crisp wholegrain chip, but store-bought pita chips would work if need be; just get the unsalted variety.
You can also take advantage of another healthful convenience option and pick up a container of pomegranate seeds (arils) rather than deal with the whole fruit. Toast and chop the pistachios ahead, and mix the honey-lemon drizzle; all you need to do once guests arrive is chop some mint, spread, sprinkle, drizzle and serve.
Goat Cheese Pita Toasts with Pomegranate, Pistachio and Mint.