Pomegranates – Pomegranate Recipes

Pomegranates - Pomegranate Recipes

Pomegranates are gaining popularity with more and more people understanding the many benefits that this super fruit has had since 1000 BC. Pomegranates can improve your heart heath, blood pressure, osteoarthritis, energy, labido and if you like the tartness of cranberry, you'll no doubt love this amazing and newly recognized super fruit!

If you haven't started to enjoy the amazing fruit and benefits of pomegranates, it may be because you are unsure how to eat a pomegranate. If that's the case, this article will help you learn how easy it can be to add pomegranates to your diet with easy pomegranate recipes to have optimal health and wellness.

How to Eat a Pomegranate

Shop for pomegranates in the fresh produce section of your grocer or buy pomegranates online by the case for free shipping or multiple purchase discounts.

Choose a pomegranate that is firm throughout the whole fruit with bright red to garnet coloring.

Place the pomegranate on a cutting board, hold securely and using a chef's knife cut through the pomegranate to create two halves. Cut the top stem off. You may want to wear disposal gloves since the juice can stain hands, clothing and the surroundings.

Score the back thick skin of one of the halves to create a way to start to open the inside seeds from the white pulp membranes.

Hold the half of pomegranate over a bowl and tap firmly on the exterior skin to allow the seeds to pop out of the membranes and into the bowl.

Scrape the remaining seeds with a spoon or your gloved fingers and repeat with the other half of the pomegranate.

Use caution with the pomegranate juice since it will stain the fingers and clothing and can be difficult to remove.

Pomegranate Recipes

Pomegranate Salad

In medium sized mixing bowl, add 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and whisk briskly until well mixed.

Add the following ingredients to the bowl:

2 Cups romaine lettuce chopped

1 small plum tomato chopped

1/4 cucumber slices or chopped

1 slice of red onion

2 Tbs. pomegranate seeds

2 Tbs. chopped walnuts

Mix all ingredients until well coated with salad dressing

Pomegranate Chicken

In a sauté pan, add 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil and place two boneless chicken breasts. Sprinkle McCormick chicken spice blend over chicken breast; add 1/2 small red onion chopped. Brown the chicken on one side and repeat for the other side of chicken breast.

Add juice of one pomegranate and one cup of chicken broth and 1/2 cup of orange juice. Simmer 20-30 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly and sauce thickens.

Taste sauce after cooking and add more orange juice if needed, pomegranates have a tart taste.

Garnish with the fresh pomegranate seeds.

Serve with a side of brown rice or jasmine rice and pomegranate salad.

Pomegranate Smoothie

In a blender, add 1 C fresh or frozen berries (try strawberries, raspberries or blueberries), 1 C low fat milk, one ripe banana, 1/2 C pomegranate juice. Mix until thickened, pour into tall glass and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.

Dried Pomegranates

Pomegranate seeds can be dried and eaten as a snack. Simply remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit, drain the juice and place seeds on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven so that the pilot light will dry seeds overnight or use a food hydrator.

Dried pomegranate seeds can be added to other dried fruit mixes such as raisins, apricots, cranberries, bananas or pineapple and used on cereal, yogurt, any salad or ice cream for a healthy snack idea.

Pomegranate Martini - Pomtini

In a martini shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 shot of vodka, 1 1/2 shot of pomegranate juice and 1 shot of cranberry juice. Shake and pour into martini glass. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Martini – PoMango Martini

In a martin shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 shot of mango flavored vodka, 1 1/2 shot of pomegranate juice and splash of orange juice. Shake well and pour into martini glass. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and slice of fresh mango or orange slice.

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