For the first twenty-something years of my life I was a burgers and fries type of gal. I did not like seafood, vegetables or pretty much anything healthy. (Even though I had not tried many of those foods, I was SURE that I would hate them based on looks alone.) The truth is – I was scared of the unknown and instead of facing my fears and trying something new, I turned up my nose at them.
Eventually, I was persuaded to try a shrimp and I loved it! Then, on vacation a short time later I ate some crab legs. Another win! As I got older I started to become braver and more open to experimenting with foods including fish, avocado, vegetables, salads and tofu.
Pomegranate is one of the foods that would have scared me when I was younger. Just the opening of this fruit would have seemed extremely intimidating. The truth is it’s actually really easy though once you know how and the arils inside are delicious!
Here is a video from POM Wonderful that shows the six easy steps to opening a pomegranate:
Last week I was invited to a cooking event hosted by the fabulous team at Momtrends and POM Wonderful. We were educated on all things pomegranate and made some delicious recipes that incorporated them.
To begin the night we got to sample appetizers and drinks made by chefs and a mixologist that included pomegranate. My favorite drink was called a Dapper Devil (recipe at the bottom) and it was tangy but also spicy because it included jalapeño. I never would have thought to pair those two flavors together but it was fantastic combination!
After we were done mingling and noshing for a bit we headed into the kitchen to get our hands dirty cooking. POM Wonderful provided us with these hilarious and amazing aprons!
We split up into separate stations and I chose the CA Pomegranate Guacamole table because I am obsessed with guac! We created a spicy guacamole that may have been my favorite dish of the entire night! The sweet and tangy flavor of the pomegranate arils was a great addition! I am already planning on serving it at Thanksgiving!
I had so much fun and I learned a lot about pomegranates. Right now is the perfect time for you get out there and incorporate them into your cooking since October kicked off pomegranate season!
- 2 oz. POM Wonderful
- 1 to 2 slices fresh jalapeno
- 1 1/2 oz. gin
- club soda
- twist of lime
- In an old-fashioned glass muddle a slice of jalapeno.
- Pour in 2 oz. of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice and gin.
- Add ice and stir.
- Top with club soda and twist of lime.
- 2 ripe avocados (skin and pit removed)
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 small red onion (finely chopped)
- 1 large jalapeno pepper (de-seeded and finely chopped)
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- kosher salt
- 1/2 cup POM POMS Fresh Arils
- tortilla chips or pita chips
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mash the avocado and mix in the lime zest and juice, red onion, jalapeno and garlic.
- Season to taste with salt.
- Stir in the pomegranate seeds and serve with tortilla or pita chips.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from MomTrends & POM Wonderful. All thoughts are my own. Photos courtesy of MomTrends.