Pomegranate Power!


I have a newfound passion for pomegranates! I’ve been eating them like crazy lately, and I’ve come to find out how diverse they are. You can sprinkle the juicy arils in so many dishes for a punch of tangy flavor. It’s like an explosion of flavor in your mouth, and  if you’re not careful… they’ll also leave an explosion of juice on your carpet or shirt! But I’m telling you… it’s totally worth the risk!

If you’ve never tried a pomegranate before, you’ll have to do a little work to get the arils out of the shell. But I’m making it easy for you! In my last post, I showed you an easy way to Open A Pomegranate without getting juice bombed. After all that work, I really wanted the pomegranate to shine, so I did a little brainstorming. Here are a few delicious ways to incorporate the pomegranate seeds into easy dishes and appetizers. Lets get started!

How To Open A Pomegranate

BREAKFAST
POMEGRANATE, GRANOLA & GREEK YOGURT: This has been my breakfast of champions every day for the last few weeks! It’s the perfect parfait! I love the mix of textures and flavors… the crunch of the granola, the tartness of the pomegranate and the creaminess of the yogurt.

I use FAGE‘S greek yogurt with honey as the base of this parfait, but you could also try vanilla, plain, or any fruit flavor you fancy.


SNACK
CRACKERS TOPPED WITH GOAT CHEESE AND POMEGRANATE: Another fantastic combination! A two-topping triumph. The creaminess of the goat cheese works really well with the juiciness of the pomegranate arils. This could be an elegant appetizer for a dinner party… or just a simple snack while you’re watching TV. It only takes seconds to put together, yet it looks so bright and beautiful. A treat for the eyes and the palette!

LUNCH OR DINNER
COUSCOUS, SPINACH AND POMEGRANATE SALAD: I got the inspiration for this delish lunch or dinner idea from a salad that’s stocked in our refrigerator at work. It’s my all-time favorite (I admit, I’ve thought about hiding the containers in the back so no one else can buy them!)

The work version has everything minus the pomegranate, and while it’s not usually a good idea to mess with perfection… I think the pomegranate adds just a little more pizazz to an already amazing salad. Here are the ingredients so you an make it at home:

Couscous (cooked according to packaging, shocked with cold water and cooled in the refrigerator)
Baby Spinach Leaves
Diced Scallion (green onion)
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Pomegranate Arils
Diced Tomato
Your favorite Vinaigrette dressing (I like simple Olive Oil and Balsamic)

I hope these easy ideas inspire you go pick up a pomegranate the next time you’re at the grocery store. I’d love to hear your pomegranate recipes too!

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