Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Opening a Pomegranate, and Blogger Pomegranate Recipes
Pomegranates are arguably the most beautiful fruit on Earth. Seriously, they could make any dish look pretty. Not only are they pretty, but they are loaded with nutrients (just to name a few; fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and plant nutrients called tannins, which can help get rid of free radicals that damage our cells).
In my last post I asked you for some recipes that you like to use with pomegranates, and you definitely pulled through! But first I wanted to share something I love to do with pomegranates and that is add them to plain Greek yogurt (because I add everything to plain Greek yogurt). Who needs "Pomegranate Flavored Greek Yogurt", which typically has about 5-6 grams of added sugars, when you can just add your own pomegranate to plain yogurt and get ZERO added sugars, and loads of nutrients?!
I get a lot of questions about how to open a pomegranate, and how to get the seeds out without making a huge mess. This video explains my favorite way to extract the seeds without getting "red dye" everywhere.
And now it's recipe time! Here are some that you submitted.
Grace suggested using the pear and pomegranate salsa as a compote to a white fish.<------Great idea!
Jessie said; I tend to put pomegranates into anything - salad, smoothies, on sandwiches (great with leftover turkey), mixed with nuts (candied or plain), with yogurt ... pretty much everywhere :)
Coco did an entire dinner party devoted to the pomegranate. Check out here recipes here!
Jess (Fit Chick in the City) said; I love eating them with a sweet potato and coconut butter. <---- Sounds heavenly!
Jennifer suggested this roasted pumpkin salad, with pomegranates. <---- It's so pretty!
Michelle Voss, from Facebook, says she enjoys pomegranates mixed with chopped oranges <--- Sounds like the perfect winter fruit salad!
EA Stewart (The Spicy RD) suggested using pomegranates as a garnish, such as with this recipe. <----great idea! Crepes are so pretty on their own, but pomegranates just heightened their beauty.
Here is an entire blog post that contains some favorite blogger pomegranate recipes! The black bean pomegranate dip really intrigues me.
I also really enjoy adding pomegranates to oatmeal. Have you ever tried that? It's pretty darn amazing. Speaking of oatmeal, Friday's post will be all about oatmeal, because it's been way too long since I've posted any pictures of oatmeal! Seriously, last year I believe I posted oats about a million times, this year.....zero.
QUESTION: What's your favorite winter fruit or vegetable? Mine are pomegranates and brussels sprouts.