POM Wonderful recipes

Drink to Your Health

POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice. A little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of healthy. Powered by pomegranate antioxidants, it’s authentic, delicious and 100% pure. There is no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices. We have provided over $35M in funding to support scientific research on POM products worldwide, so raise a glass to life and to the pursuit of healthiness.

Benefits

  • no added sugars, preservatives or colorants
  • good source of potassium
  • gluten-free
  • flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
  • certified kosher

 

Not only is POM delish to just drink right from your fridge but you can incorporate it into some super yummy recipes. Here are some great POM recipes to try. Perfect for game nights, parties and more!

 

POM Spinach Dip

Ingredients:
1 cup arils from 1-2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
1 8-oz. package cream cheese or 1 cup cottage cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

POM Salsa
1 cup mayonnaise
1 6.5-oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
fresh vegetables for dipping

 

Preparation:
Score 1-2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.).
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Mix together cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, Swiss cheese, chopped spinach, mayonnaise, artichokes and arils.
Spread into a 1-quart baking dish or 9-inch glass pie pan. Bake until bubbly around the edges and cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.
Serve with fresh vegetables to dip.

 

 

 

Pomegranate, Gouda and Pear Quesadilla with POM Salsa

Ingredients:
Quesadilla
1 cup arils from 1-2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
6 8-inch flour tortillas
4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, thinly sliced
2 large firm pears, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

POM Salsa
Juice from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate*, or 1/4 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
2 cups arils from 2-3 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
3-4 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
4 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar

 

Preparation:
Quesadilla:
Score 1-2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)
Place 2 strips of cheese on each tortilla
Using fingers, press 1 teaspoon of arils into cheese.
Add 2 slices of pear, sprinkle with sugar. Fold tortilla in half.
Add 1/2 teaspoon oil to a nonstick skillet and heat.
Place folded tortillas in the pan and brown lightly; turn over and cook until crisp. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of oil if needed.
Cut each tortilla into halves and serve with POM Salsa

POM Salsa:
Score 2-3 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 2 cups of the arils from the fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)
Prepare fresh pomegranate juice.*
Thoroughly mix to combine all ingredients. (Salsa will keep covered, in the refrigerator, for 2 to 3 days.)

 

 

 

POMojito

Ingredients:
1 oz. POM Cherry 100% juice
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and cold water dissolved together)
Soda
4 mint leaves
Mint sprig for garnish

Preparation:

In the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass bruise the 4 mint leaves with the fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
Add crushed ice then the POM Cherry and rum.
Top with a splash of soda and stir. Garnish with the mint sprig.

 

 

 

 

POM Velvet Cupcakes with POM Cream Cheese Frosting

Time to Table: 35 Minutes Prep, 20 – 25 Minutes Baking and 20 Minutes Cooling

Servings: 30 regular cupcakes

Ingredients:
POM Cream Cheese Frosting
Juice from 3-4 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates*, or 1-1/2 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 cup arils from 1-2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
4 oz. soft unsalted butter
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
14 oz. powdered sugar

POM Velvet Cupcakes
Juice from 6-9 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates*, or 2-1/2 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
16 oz. granulated sugar
12 oz. soft unsalted butter (3 sticks
4 ea large eggs
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
15 oz. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 oz. cocoa powder
3/4 oz. baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup heavy cream

Preparation:

POM Cream Cheese Frosting:
Prepare fresh pomegranate juice*, score 1-2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water, break open the pomegranates under water to free the arils (seed sacs), the arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top, sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside, (refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use), reduce the pomegranate juice, over low heat, down to 3 fl. oz., Allow to cool, place butter into electric mixer bowl with paddle attachment and cream on medium-high speed for 1 minute, add the cream cheese and continue to mix for 2 more minutes, turn the speed down to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar and the pomegranate juice reduction, mix until the sugar is fully combined, remove icing from the mixer and place into a piping bag with a round or star tip.

POM Velvet Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350ºF, reduce the pomegranate juice, over low heat, down to 1/2 cup, place sugar and soft butter in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream on medium-high speed, until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, turn the speed down to low and add the eggs in one at a time, in a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, pomegranate juice reduction, white vinegar and vanilla extract, and then slowly add half of this to the mixer, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, and then sift at least two times until well mixed, add half of this to the mixer, add the remaining half of the liquids to the mixer, and then the remaining dry ingredients, finish off with the heavy cream, beat just until combined, place cupcake liners into cupcake pan, and using a spoon, fill with cake batter until it is just about 3/4 full, bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, allow the pan to cool slightly, and then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool fully, once the cupcakes are cooled completely, they can be iced with the pomegranate cream cheese frosting and topped with fresh pomegranate arils.

 

Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

$2.00 off one 48 oz bottle POM Wonderful

Channeling Julia Child with Beef Bourguignonne

Ever since I saw the movie “Julie & Julia” I’ve been trying to make and try Beef Bourguignonne. I needed to get myself a dutch oven and a few more ounces of cooking confidence before I were to attempt this feat. Also, I was not able to purchase a dutch oven until I learned how to pronounce Beef Bourguignonne properly according to my husband.

 

I can say it! And I can cook it. It was not as hard as I had anticipated. Everyone really enjoyed the meal. It was super flavorful and I loved that salt was not part of the recipe. It didn’t need it. I wasn’t sure if I would like it as I’m not typically fond of French food but this was fantastic. I will definitely make it again.

 

Below please find the recipe I used from my “Bride & Groom First and Forever” cookbook. Below the recipe I have added a few notes from my experience on substitutes, etc. Enjoy!

 

4 bacon slices, roughly chopped

1 ½ pounds boneless beef stew meat, such as beef chick or bottom round, cut into 1-inch cubes

8 ounces cremini or shitake mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (if using shitakes, discard stems)

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups good-quality red wine, such as burgundy

3 cups beef broth (not double strength)

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Fresh rosemary sprig (4 inches long)

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar

About 20 packaged peeled baby carrots

1 cup fresh pearl onions, peeled, or frozen petite whole onions, thawed

Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnishing

 

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

 

Fry the bacon in an ovenproof Dutch Oven over medium heat until lightly browned and slightly crisp about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the fat in the pot.

 

Set the pot over high heat. Add the meat and cook until browned on all sides. Reduce the heat to medium high and add the mushrooms, onion and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add the wine, broth, tomato paste, rosemary, bay leaf, brown sugar and bacon. Stir, scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot, and bring to a simmer.

 

Cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Bake for 1 ½ hours. Remove the pot from the oven and add the carrots and pearl onions. Bake uncovered, until the carrots and meat are tender, about 30 minutes more. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

 

I used canned shitake mushrooms. It’s definitely more budget friendly and easier to do. I did not use fresh rosemary but I sprinkled a few pieces of dried rosemary instead. I learned that I hate fresh pearl onions. They are super time consuming and just a pain. Moving forward I will definitely opt for the frozen pearl onions and just simply defrost them. I also did not garnish with fresh parsley at the end.

 

Traditionally this dish is served over boiled potatoes since its very stew like. I cut up potatoes and boiled them and placed them in a dish and ladled my stew on top.

 

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

 

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Best Ingredient Goes to Honey Bunches of Oats!

 

Wednesday night I had the wonderful opportunity to hang out at the Marina Maher Communications offices in NYC and watch the People’s Choice Awards, sample some amazing food from Honey Bunches of Oats and try the new wine Entwine by the Food Network.

 

I had such a blast chatting with fellow influencers at the MMC offices and especially chatting it up with the MMC staff. They really have the sweetest gals working for them. (I’m looking at you Samara, Kristen, Taylor & Ashley.)

 

I love award shows the fashion, beauty and bantar. Who doesn’t? Kristen and I noticed a trend in the mesh sleeves and mesh dresses with lace overlays. The MMC sent around a ballot for us to vote on who we thought would take home each category. Needless to say I think I lost every category.

 

Honey Bunches of Oats , yes the cereal, had tons of food on hand. Yes I said food! Appetizers, desserts, you name it you can make it with Honey Bunches of Oats. It’s not just for your milk anymore kids. It’s an ingredient!

 

Here are some of the great recipes you can try at home with Honey Bunches of Oats.

 

 

My personal faves were the mousse and the caramel squares. They also had an amazing crabcake with a chipotle sauce at the party that was too die for.

 

While I may have failed guessing who would win each category of the night I came out a winner because I learned so much about Honey Bunches of Oats.

 

Best Ingredient goes to Honey Bunches of Oats!

 

Follow Honey Bunches of Oats on Twitter @HBOats!

 

Read the Fruit Blends Fact Sheet HERE and the Honey Bunches of Oats press release HERE.

I Repel Everything

As I get ready today to prepare for Thanksgiving I wanted to tell you about a great product that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.

 

Recently I had the opportunity to test out an apron from iRepel. Their chef gear revolutionizes the way people cook with their amazing
technology. No more worrying about spilled wine or marinara stains. It wipes right off! Well you shouldn’t be drinking and cooking at the same time, but that’s a whole other post. Fire safety people!

 

iRepel uses groundbreaking and innovative technology to make your everyday home cooking virtually mess free and enjoyable. With their
advanced technology liquids, wines, sauces, spills and more are repelled. They are also UV protected, flame retardant and moisture wicking. Performance lasts up to 5,000 washes. Wow!

To learn more about iRepel please visit www.irepelgear.com.

 

Disclaimer *I received this product and was not required to
write a blog post. My thoughts are my own.

 

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Healthy Steps Kitchen Gadgets Review & GIVEAWAY

Recently Healthy Steps sent me some of their amazing kitchen gadgets. All their products are super easy to use and each product comes with a yummy recipe. Many of their products are geared to help with portion control.

Who hasn’t taken a super huge over the top portion of something only to regret it later? I know I have. With the Healthy Steps kitchen gadgets you are able to monitor your portion control much better when it comes to preparing and serving.

Below are the products that I tested.

Starch Server – Serve one portion at a time, every time

The Healthy Steps Portion Control Starch Server provides portion control when serving popular dishes like potatoes or rice, right at the table or stovetop. The stylish appearance is perfect for serving guests and family alike. Since the portion size is tucked away inside the spoon, no one will know you are measuring!

  • Solid spoon serves 1/2 cup of starches such as potatoes or rice

Benefits of Starch Server

  • Using this server helps teach proper portion sizes at home.
  • Portion control is an effective way to manage and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Portion size is based on USDA dietary guidelines. One serving of starch = 1/2 cup or one level spoonful.

Protein Server – Delivers a perfect 3 oz. meat portion every time

The Healthy Steps Portion Control Protein Server provides portion control for serving meats and fish, right at the table or right from the stove. The sleek styling is perfect for serving guests and family alike. The portion size is visible on the head of the server/turner, but the size is perfect for serving the proper portion each time!

  • 1 spatula for 3 oz. protein servings

Benefits of Protein Server

  • Using this server helps teach proper portion sizes at home. It reinforces what 3 oz. of protein looks like on a plate.
  • Portion control is an effective way to manage and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Serving size is based on USDA dietary guidelines. One serving of protein = 3 oz. or one spatula.

Produce Pro – Peel, seed, hull and eye – all with one tool!

Speed up prep time in your kitchen and save valuable storage space with the multifunctional Peeler Pro by Healthy Steps. This feature packed peeler peels, seeds, hulls and eyes fruits and vegetables with ease. In addition, using one tool means you only have to wash one tool, what a time saver!

  • for fruits and vegetables
  • prep foods faster
  • replaces 3 kitchen tools

Benefits of eating fruits and vegetables:

  • Fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet may reduce the risk associated with strokes and heart disease.
  • Important nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and folic acid are found in many fruits and vegetables.

Avocado Pro – Open, pit, slice, scoop and mash – all with one tool!

Speed up prep time in your kitchen and save valuable storage space with the multifunctional Avocado Pro by Healthy Steps. This feature packed avocado tools cuts open avocados, pits, slices them into bite size pieces, scoops out the healthy avocado meat and contains a masher to make homemade fresh guacamole. This is one tool no kitchen should be without!

Benefits of eating avocados:

  • Avocados contain phytonutrients, which help to prevent many chronic diseases.
  • Often referred to as “nutrient booster”, the avocado helps to absorb alpha and beta-carotenes from other foods when eaten with the fruit.

Water Infuser – Make all-natural citrus or herbal infused drinks

Infusing water with natural flavors is simple with the Healthy Steps Water Infuser. Enjoy the convenience, cost savings and health benefits of all-natural infused water or tea made right at home.

  • fits inside most pitchers
  • ball keeps fruit slices contained and pulp out of drinks
  • a healthy alternative to sugary drinks

Benefits of drinking water

  • Water flushes out toxins in the body, helps hydrate skin and aids in weight loss!
  • Follow the 8×8 rule, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

Try our preferred infused mixes or get creative with your own favorite fruits and herbs.

  • Cucumber and lemon slices
  • Strawberry slices and fresh mint
  • Mashed cherries and lime slices

Ice Cream Scoop – Indulge with one serving

Ice cream is often an overindulgence and unchecked portions can destroy even the best diet routines. With the Healthy Steps Portion Control Ice Cream Scoop, you can have your ice cream and eat it too! Simply scoop and dispense for a perfect portion of your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt. Stop counting calories and start living.

  • fits in small containers
  • push action for quick release
  • dispense directly into wafer or waffle cones

Benefits of Ice Cream Scoop

  • 68% of Americans are overweight. Portion control is an effective way to manage and maintain and healthy weight.
  • The milk in ice cream products provides vital nutrients for overall health including calcium, potassium, vitamin D and protein.
  • Serving size is based on FDA food labeling requirements.

 

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*In order to win the giveaway you must comment on both my blog and Healthy Steps Facebook Page.

** Entry deadline is May 20, 2011 at 5pm EST.

*** The opinions expressed here are my own. I received the Healthy Steps products in lieu of writing a blog post.