A Pom Kind Of Day

1 Aug

The friendly people at POM Wonderful contacted me a couple of weeks ago in regards to trying their pomegranate juice. I was so excited because I love all things pomegranate but have only tried the actual juice a couple of times before (I prefer to get my pomegranate from pom flavored beer thank you very much! 🙂 )

A little about POM Wonderful from their site

  • contain no added sugars, preservatives or colors
  • are a good source of potassium
  • are gluten-free
  • are flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
  • are certified kosher
  • Plus they have different flavors of Pom juice that I never knew about-such as mango, kiwi, blueberry, cherry and nectarine with a myriad of different products like tea, bars, iced coffee (say whaaaaa??!!?!), shots, pills and more.

    I got their package on Friday and have been brainstorming what I could make with it. Yes, I could make a cocktail or green monster but I wanted to try cooking with it.

    With that, I decided to make Feta, Walnut and Parsley stuffed pork chops with a creamy pomegranate sauce and a side salad with pomegranate balsamic dressing

    I finally bit the bullet and bought some xanthan gum. I’ve been wanting to get these to use in my green monsters since they turn out soupy a lot of the time and to use in sauced instead of corn starch. Most recipes only call for one to two tablespoons of cornstarch so this bag is going to last me awhile!

    For the stuffing, I threw in 1/3 cup walnuts, 3 tbsp of feta and a few tbsp of parsley in the food processor and pulsed on low for about 10 seconds.

    I butterflied two pork chips and stuffed with the filling then secured with toothpicks. I rubbed a little extra virgin olive oil and black pepper on them and then cooked at 350 for 25-30 minutes

    For the creamy sauce, I threw  1/4 cup half and half with 3/4 of a POM Wonderful bottle on the stovetop with one tbsp xanthan gum and let cook on a low setting for 10 minutes until thick and bubbly. I know it kinda looks like the River of Slime from Ghostbusters 2 but don’t fear, it was tasty!

    Side salad with carrots, tomato, extra stuffing mix, quinoa topped with homemade  pomegranate balsamic vinegar. I liked the dressing a lot and never knew how easy it was to make your own dressing!

     This was such a fabulous, filling meal. It was nice to experiment with the POM Wonderful for a different flavor for my meals and I cannot wait to try it with more stuff—thanks POM Wonderful for sending me and giving me the opportunity to try your juice, I am loving it!

    I also found the mythical Chobani Pomegrante Greek Yogurt I’ve been seeing all over the blogs lately. I’ve never seen this flavor in the store before so when I saw it this past week, I practically screamed and started doing my happy dance right in the middle of Harris Teeter!

    And I got to use the free Chobani coupons I won over at Nutrition Nut on The Run so free Chobani is always nice. It was terrific! I am a bit skeptical with new flavors ever since trying Chobani’s Pineapple flavor but this did not disappoint. Thus being said, I may just turn into a pomegranate by end of day.

     Fail to plan, plan to fail….yep that’s what I would say about my lunch today

    Microwave popcorn-yum! I love the stuff but it is not filling at all. Oh, I didn’t mention I had this at work did I? Yeah. Another so busy week that I went in for five hours today just to catch up on my emails so I could get some peace of mind. I was annoyed by having to go in to do that but I kept repeating to myself “time and a half-pay, time and a half-pay, time and a half-pay” to make it bearable.

    Oh and I know how I was singing praises to Jackie Warner and her workout dvd yesterday but today? I curse the day she was born. My everything hurts and each time I step up or sit down today, I whimper a bit. It’s sad. No pain no gain right??

    I made a yummy plate of eggs topped with avocado and tabasco for breakfast.

    Hey healthy fats!! Just wanted to say that I heart you.

    I got a Magic Bullet for my birthday this past December and finally opened the box today to try it out with a green monster with blueberries, almond milk, baby spinach, Spiru-Tein Blueberries & Cream protein powder (half a packet), one Splenda and 1/2 tbsp of xanthan gum

    Holy crap-why did I wait so long to use this? I absolutely loved how easy it was to use, quick it was and way more quiet than my blender. And xanthan gum, I just love it. It came out like sludge (which is a good thing!) this was more like an ice cream treat than a smoothie.

    Happy August to everyone as well, I completely forgot its first of the month!

    Things to work on for this month

    *Drink less beer. I was out of control the month of July. Ok, not alcoholic out of control but drinking way more beer than I normally do due to the ridiculously hot weather out.

    *Have a more consistent workout schedule each week. With moving and going on vacation twice in July, I didn’t get much workout time in. Again, add the nasty weather and it was a recipe for laziness on my part.

    *Cook more at home, eat out less. Now that my kitchen is all squared away and I am somewhat getting used to cooking in a smaller kitchen, I need to get back into the swing of things.

    All in all, today was a great day with work, new recipes, etc. Hope everyones August is off to an equally fabulous start!

    PS—Check out Eat, Move, Love for a fun giveaway!

    PPS-Anyone else have Blogger issues? I keep trying to comment on Blogger blogs and can’t, it’s a tad frustrating!

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    20 Responses to “A Pom Kind Of Day”

    1. Diana@mymarblerye August 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      Yeah bloggers been out of commission for almost a week! Great goals for august lady! Btw I need to buy some plain avocados and not just guacamole! And boo to work again.. Why can’t we work 2 days and rest for 5?

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

        I am not allowed to buy quac since portion control means noting to me when it’s around.

        Boo to Blogger!

    2. eatmovelove August 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      I love the layout of your blog! The blue is so pretty! Thanks for participating in my Give-Away 🙂

      Those Magic Bullets look like they’re great! How do they compare to the beloved all-holy-Grail Vita-Mixers’ though haha ??! 🙂

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

        I haven’t tried the VitaMix yet, I think it will be on my Christmas list though 🙂

    3. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

      Ooohh… the people at POM sent me some stuff, too. I warned them I’m not a fruit person, but I’m intrigued to cook with it…

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

        And I’m still intrigued on how you don’t like the fruit……

    4. christina August 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

      love that juicy chicken! i love the chobani pomegranate, but i agree – pineapple is the best! i had eggs w/ hot sauce today too! mmmm so good. i need to work on eating out less too!

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

        Maybe I can do a little challenge like your no sauce experiment? Lord knows I would save a ton of moola!

    5. April August 2, 2010 at 6:34 am #

      You’ve had that bullet that long and just now opened it? I would die without mine!!

      Xantham gum rocks! I wish I knew about it 3 or 4 years ago.

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

        I know I know, I don’t know why I didn’t open it and its just been sitting in front of me mocking me if you will.

    6. thehungryscholar August 2, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      I got some POM, but it was shipped to my parent’s because of the move. Cannot wait to open it!

    7. Mo Diva August 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

      LOL to jackie warner. remind me to never look at her workouts LOL.
      ALthough im HEAVILY looking into getting a new gym membership. something about my birthday coming up makes me want to lose 20 lbs. lol.

      I have some xanthan gum too and have not yet used it. What the fudge and i waitign for!!!

      I love your pork chops. they are very very fancy! yo go girl!

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

        I think I’m a masachist because I am going to try another one of hers. And it’s Tuesday and my legs still hurt—yay for you getting your gym on!!

    8. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

      Sounds like you have some great goals set!!! I need to get some xantham gum…I’ve been hearing such great things!

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

        Thanks!! You will not be disappointed-trust me 🙂

    9. Kelly Olexa August 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

      I can’t comment on Blogger blogs- I switched from the Blogger platform because I hated the limitations. I love Squarespace big time.
      Um I need to get some of this Xantham Gum stuff……I have to say I’m usually quite pleased with how the Shakeology shakes I make turn out but other stuff with just protein powder and almond milk etc. comes out watery. Makes me sad. I don’t like sad.

      • simplyshaka August 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

        I always wondered what space you have since its a unique set up–I likey.

        And seriously, the xanthan gum is amazing. I can’t believe how thick it is (thats what she said) before mine were so watery now its thickalicious!!

    10. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 3, 2010 at 12:31 am #

      gotta love that magic bullet ❤ super speed!!

      score for the POM package, SWEET!

    11. BikiniBy30 August 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

      I have POM on the way to me too…hmmmm….

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