21 August, 2010

Hurry, Before Summer Ends! (A POM Wonderful Review)

I love pomegranates almost as much as I love cupcakes. They are the only food out there that is so complicated to eat, but still totally worth the hassle to eat them! I do love me some pomegranates.

I was contacted by POM Wonderful, again, to see if I would be interested in receiving some pomegranate juice in exchange for creating a summery recipe using the juice. Um, of course!?! I couldn't wait to get the juice in my hands.

If you remember, I've had this amazing opportunity before, and I chose to create a cupcake recipe. It was delicious. This time around, I got to try the POM Wonderful pomegranate-blueberry juice. I wanted to try something different from my norm, and I went a few different routes.

First, yogurt pops!

2 cups yogurt
8 oz. POM Wonderful pomegranate juice

Mix together and pour into freezable container of choice (I have super awesome popsicle makers but you could do paper cups with popsicle sticks or even ice-cube trays for bite-size delights!). Freeze, and enjoy! I love these. They are creamy and super tasty! Try adding fresh fruit chunks for an even better option.

Since I had the juice and the popsicle makers out, I decided to make just plain Pomegranate Blueberry Popsicles. Easy enough - pour the juice directly into your freezable container of choice, freeze and enjoy! :D I really liked these, but the Husband and Punk both thought the flavor was a little strong for their tastes. They liked the yogurt pops better.

And last but not least, what's a summer without BBQing? I wanted to figure out a way to use the juice to go with a BBQ and after staring longingly into the pantry it hit me - a marinade! Please note that I don't measure when I bake or cook or anything really, so these are approximate measurements. A little tweaking may need to be done to hit the nail on the head, so to speak.

8 oz. POM Wonderful pomegranate blueberry juice (I'm sure this would be just as good with the plain pomegranate)
1 cup honey
1 TBSP salt
1 TBSP pepper
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic powder
(possibly more that I'm forgetting - I'm bad at this recipe thing, huh?)

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with a lid. Insert chicken. Shake until you can't shake no more (do a dance if you'd like; I did), then pop in the fridge. I took mine out about every hour to shake, but that was more for entertainment than anything. I let it marinate for about 4 hours, and then took the chicken to it's BFF, the barbecue. Barbecue until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle. While cooking, be sure to enjoy the fruity smell the marinade gives off! I love it. Then eat. And love it. Or hate it, but I loved it, so you should too. If you don't, my apologies.

And that's about all for this round! I am trying to think of more things to make, but I have been drooling over some of the mocktail recipes found here so something from there may be next.

Any ideas or things you'd like to see me try to do with POM Wonderful juice?


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