Thanks to POM Wonderful…’Taste of The Nation NYC’…Here I Come…

Thanks to POM Wonderful, I will be attending the Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event here in Manhattan on Monday, May the 17th and I can hardly wait!

Speaking of POM Wonderful, last night I created a POM extravaganza in my kitchen…Ever heard of POM Pine Nut Banana Bread, POM Macadamia Nut Brownies or POM Pineapple Lime Dressing?  All three of these tasty POM Wonderful recipes are gluten-free and diary-free…Read on for the deliciousness…I assure you, your taste buds will thank you…and be sure to check my recipes out on the POM Wonderful website, as well!

POM Wonderful Pine Nut Banana Bread

Ingredients

3 large bananas, peeled and mashed

4 Tbsp. POM Wonderful

1/3 cup dates

2 teaspoons almond extract

1/2 cup pine nuts

1 1/2 cups rice flour

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of chili powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bananas, POM Wonderful, dates and almond extract; mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine pine nuts, rice flour, olive oil, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and chili powder; mix well until smooth.
  4. Transfer batter into a baking pan; bake for approximately 1 hour or until bread is firm.
  5. Enjoy!

POM Macadamia Nut Brownies


Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup coconut milk

2 teaspoons almond extract

1/3 cup POM Wonderful

1/2 cup chunky apple sauce

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine coconut oil, honey, coconut milk, almond extract, POM Wonderful and apple sauce into a large bowl; whisk well to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine buckwheat flour, sea salt, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  4. Gently fold dry ingredients into wet; stir to combine.  Slowly add chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  5. Transfer batter into a baking pan; bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked inside.
  6. Enjoy!

POM Pineapple Lime Dressing


Ingredients

1/4 cup POM Wonderful

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 Honey Crisp apple, peeled, cored and sliced

2 teaspoons lime juice

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1 Tablespoon lime zest

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of chili powder

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients; process until smooth.
  2. Serve chilled atop salads, pastas, frozen yogurt or lean protein.
  3. Enjoy!

Be sure to tune in for my Taste of the Nation recap on May the 17th thanks to POM Wonderful!

A New Spin on Sweet Potatoes

MASHED

Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy the delicious flavor and velvety texture of this root veggie.  Branch out from the traditional mashed potato side dish and enjoy this recipe atop a salad in lieu of dressing, as a dip for chips and pitas or as an accompaniment for sliced cold meats.

I am always searching for unique toppings and condiments… lately I have been using this tasty mash as a spread for burgers, wraps and sandwiches.  Not only is this recipe perfect for lunch and dinners, but it pairs perfectly with breakfast.  Use a dollop atop your oatmeal or spread a few tablespoons on a few slices of toast and drizzle with honey.

Ingredients

  • Juice from 2 large oranges
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 2 fresh plums, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Dash of star anise
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • Dash of Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine avocado, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar, Greek yogurt, juice from the orange, Nu-Salt and pepper.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until it forms a smooth consistency.  Slowly add in nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, and orange zest.  Continue to beat for 30 seconds until mixture is ‘whipped.’
  • Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine plum and sweet potato chunks.  Slowly add in avocado mixture and mix well.  Transfer mixture to baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until completely cooked.
  • Sprinkle with ground flax seeds.
  • Enjoy!

How do you enjoy making sweet potatoes?