How’s your week going? Mine’s been pretty good so far and I’m quite excited that one of my goals for 2014, to see my friends more often, is off to a fantastic start. I find that the cold dark days during our Canadian winter make it really easy to be antisocial, but I’ve seen several of my friends over the last week and it’s amazing how much our chats make me feel energized. Do you ever find the same thing?
It’s the first Try Something New Tuesday recap of the year, and I’ve got a great recipe to mark the occasion.
1. Recipe of the Week. I often get asked if the food that I eat every day looks as pretty as what you see on the blog. The answer is (usually) no. While I do like making meals look as good as they taste, I’m human and sometimes the only priority is get dinner on the table as fast as possible! It’s times like this when one-skillet meals come in handy. They’re quick to make and wash up, and if dinner does happen to look reasonably pretty (especially with the horrid lack of natural light we’re experiencing right now), then that’s a bonus!
This Ginger-Orange Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry requires zero marinating and is packed with superfoods including garlic (a powerful immune system strengthener), ginger (one of my favourite anti-inflammatories), and red bell peppers (loaded with vitamin C!) The recipe is also one of the few beef dishes in my recipe index, but because of my commitment to restoring my iron levels this year, you can expect a few more of these over the coming months.
If you’re looking to add a bit more volume to the meal, a nice wild rice or soba noodles would be a good choice. Or, if you’d rather go lighter and truly stick to just one skillet, try adding some more veggies to the mix.
2. A new-to-me way of de-seeding pomegranates. After posting a photo on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and commenting on how, despite the work required to prep them, pomegranates are a truly wonderful fruit, I received some feedback about easier methods. Normally I cut them into quarters and soak them in warm water before flipping the seeds out into a bowl, but a few of you told me about the ‘whacking with a wooden spoon’ method, which I was eager to try.
Here’s the video I watched to learn how. Spoiler alert: It’s so ridiculously simple that I have no idea why I haven’t done this before.
Looks super easy, doesn’t it? I never cut my pomegranates horizontally like the dude in the video shows, but I figured I should follow instructions (a rarity when it comes to cooking-related things.)
My knuckles ended up getting in the way of some of those spoon whacks but the pain was outweighed by great delight. In less than a minute I had a lovely bowl of pomegranate seeds, (mostly) free of the white bits, and ready to eat.
I’ve been enjoying pomegranates in everything from parfaits to salads (like the quinoa pilaf shown here), and now that I know how to prep them super fast, I plan to buy a whole lot more!
Alright now tell me…
- How do YOU prepare pomegranates?
- Did you try anything new yesterday?