We love cooking with fruits and vegetables. As the year comes closer to its end, in-season produce is harder to find. Modern supermarkets make it so that all vegetables are around all year round. Incredibly, shipping and greenhouses allow us to eat summer produce in January! However, whenever possible, we like to eat seasonally. It helps us keep our diet ever-changing and interesting.
November is National Pomegranate Month. We love this winter fruit that is in season right now! They are sweet, sharp and packed with nutrition. They contain fiber, protein, folate, potassium and vitamins C and K. They have anti-inflammatory properties and help protect against certain cancers, heart disease and aid blood sugar. The tiny little gems are wonderful treats with so many benefits! Today we’re sharing four recipes, both sweet and savory, to help you enjoy pomegranates while they are in season. But, we have to admit, we do love them straight out of a bowl too!
We think that smoothies can be a healthy part of your diet. While some are pure sugar, if you make them correctly, they are very nutritious. When you add in a ton of yogurt, they can become more of a milkshake than a serving of vegetables. This is a very healthy smoothie and delicious! If you’ve wanted to try a green smoothie but have been hesitant, this might be the perfect one for you! Made with spinach, avocado and pomegranates, this is packed with produce and a great way to get your veggies if you’re not someone who particularly likes vegetables on your plate! A serving has 193 calories, nine grams of carbs and six grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This is a dairy-free, creamy Jello that uses coconut milk. It’s perfect for making a Jello mold over the holiday season. People can argue until the cows come home about whether Jello salad is a dessert or a side dish. We don’t have a definitive answer. What we can say is that the sharpness of pomegranate pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the coconut! Note that, as with any Jello dish, this is gluten-free but not vegetarian. A serving has 301 calories, 10 grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This delicious dish could be made even lower in carbs by swapping the honey for another sweetener. That would also lower the calories. However, it’s already relatively low overall, so that’s not strictly necessary. This dish is beautiful as well as being tasty. And, it’s cooked in one skillet. We love one-skillet meals that help us clean up our kitchen faster! This is perfect when served with cauliflower rice to soak up the sauce. A serving of the chicken has 328 calories, 16 grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This recipe is perfect for after Thanksgiving when you wonder what to do with your leftover turkey. It’s like a chicken salad, but lighter and more jazzed up! Instead of your usual holiday cranberries, the dish uses pomegranate. The inclusion of walnuts brings some extra texture, more protein and healthy fat. You wrap it all in a low-carb tortilla for a wonderful post-holiday meal! A serving has 241 calories and 16 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes inspire you to eat more pomegranates while they are in season this winter. They are all delicious, and we are looking forward to the holidays, even though we’re not quite ready for Christmas music!