Multigrain Hot Cereal w/ Pomegranate & Crunch : BA Cleanse 2014

The POMEGRANATE holds a dear place in my heart.  In Judiasm, this seedy red fruit symbolizes fruitfulness and fertility.  It is a symbol and a fruit that was very prominent in our trip to Israel.  We came across many vendors selling cupfuls of fresh pom juice and enjoyed it throughout the trip.  I even purchased a small piece of art that’s shaped like a pomegranate!

The pom juice in Israel was amazing!  It was only like $3 too... could you imagine getting a 16oz of fresh pom juice here for $3?!

The pom juice in Israel was amazing! It was only like $3 too… could you imagine getting a 16oz of fresh pom juice here for $3?!

When we arrived home from Israel, I was determined to find one of these contraptions we saw in Israel that allowed the vendors to make the pom juice so quick.  I didn’t have such luck and could only find industrial juicers that were way too expensive.  About a year later, our friend Donny remembered my quest and bought us one as our housewarming gift.  It’s awesome!  We use it to juice both poms and oranges… very cool!

Regan and I enjoying fresh juice in Tel Aviv in Israel

Regan and I enjoying fresh juice in Tel Aviv in Israel

Anyway, the pomegranate shows up in a few recipes during the Bon Appetit Cleanse, which I just love.  This breakfast recipe is something I had never tried before and it was a huge success.  I’ve made the multigrain hot cereal before with bananas, but the pomegranates offer that crunch and a bit of sour flavor to make it interesting.

Multigrain Hot Cereal w/ Pomegranate & Crunch

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Multigrain Cereal (I use Trader Joe’s, it’s like $2 in the store)
2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Seeds
1 Tablespoon Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Directions:

Prepare multigrain cereal according to package directions (boil in a pot with water, stirring occasionally). Top with pomegranate seeds and Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch; drizzle with nut or soy milk.

Recipe from:  Bon Appetit

I was super psyched to share a new brekfast recipe with you.  I normally have plain Kashi cereal, greek yogurt, or some egg whites for breakfast… not really anything to write home about!  That’s what is so great about the cleanse… it forced me to try new recipes for EVERY meal, not just dinner!

The Pepita Crunch in this recipe I absolutely love.  I have used it on so many recipes so far.  I even wrote about it on the blog already!  Make sure you have this made in advance so breakfast is easy in the morning.

I also used the crunch in so many breakfasts.  This one I will share the recipe with you soon- SO GOOD!  Hot Multigrain Cereal w/ Pom and Crunch!

I also used the crunch in so many breakfasts. This one I will share the recipe with you soon- SO GOOD! Hot Multigrain Cereal w/ Pom and Crunch!

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast?  Try these!

Smoked Salmon Hash w/ Egg & Fried Basil

Smoked Salmon Hash w/ Egg & Fried Basil

Biggest Loser Pancakes... amazing!

Biggest Loser Pancakes… amazing!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Hot Cereal

Peanut Butter & Jelly Hot Cereal

 

 

Spiced Pumpkin Seed & Cashew Crunch : BA Cleanse 2014

The Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse is all about cooking healthy, whole foods, and trying new recipes to keep you excited about cooking.  For Dave and I, this has been the “reset” button we needed to hit after eating not so well during the holidays and to gear up for a year of lookin’ good for our wedding!

Before the first day of the cleanse, we had to make a few recipes that we used throughout the days to have on hand like salad dressing, herby tahini sauce, and this amazing Seed&Nut Crunch.  It was a lot of work the first day, but I loved having my own homemade ingredients throughout the week.

Bon Appetit's Crunch... wow!

Bon Appetit’s Crunch… wow!

This crunch has become my new guilty pleasure.  I guess if it’s part of the cleanse, I don’t even have to be that guilty!

The crunch is delightfully spiced with just a hint of sweetness and adds some really nice texture to so many of the recipes.  We even had to make a second batch because we liked it so much!

I really wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s so versatile.  We put the crunch on salads, on hot cereals, yogurt, and even on some of our side dishes.  The spices can be modified to fit your personal tastes too.  I think this is one recipe we’ll totally be taking with us as we finish the cleanse and continue on with our healthy living.  Love it!

Spiced Pumpkin Seed & Cashew Crunch

Ingredients:

Nonstick Spray
1 Large Egg White
1 teaspoon Light Agave Nectar 
½ teaspoon Garam Masala 
½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
⅛ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
¼ cup Raw Cashews, coarsely chopped
¼ cup shelled Raw Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas)
¼ cup shelled Raw Sunflower Seeds 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°.

Coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Whisk egg white, agave, garam masala, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add nuts and seeds and toss to coat.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to baking sheet, letting excess egg drip back into bowl. Bake, tossing once, until mixture is golden brown, 20–25 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.

Recipe adapted from:  Bon Appetit

The crunch was the perfect texture to top this salad of roasted carrots and beets

The crunch was the perfect texture to top this salad of roasted carrots and beets

I also used the crunch in so many breakfasts.  This one I will share the recipe with you soon- SO GOOD!  Hot Multigrain Cereal w/ Pom and Crunch!

I also used the crunch in so many breakfasts. This one I will share the recipe with you soon- SO GOOD! Hot Multigrain Cereal w/ Pom and Crunch!

 

I totally recommend making double this batch right from the start.  If you’re going to even think about snacking on this… just do it.  It’s so good.

Keep an eye on the crunch while it’s baking, my oven tends to burn nuts and seeds when I try to “toast” them, so I like to have the light on and check every couple minutes or so.  The mixture might be a little soft when you take it out, so wait until it cools completely to try it for the best taste.

Check out these other recipes from the #BACleanse…

White Bean Salad w/ Parsley & Pom

White Bean Salad w/ Parsley & Pom

Also, follow me on Instagram (@GoodtobetheCook) to see other pics from our cleanse experience!  Many more recipes to come.

White Bean & Pomegranate Salad : BA Cleanse 2014

Anyone following on Instagram knows about “the cleanse”. (and if you aren’t … go follow now!)

At the time of the last post I wrote, Dave and I were starting a little new year challenge to follow Bon Appetit’s “Food Lover’s Cleanse“.  Now that we’re almost done, I will have some time to tell you all about it!  I cannot wait to share some of the new recipes I’ve learned with you.  It’s been a week and a half full of prepping and cooking but it was worth it.  Both of us have really enjoyed the cleanse, and after the first two days and the re-discovery of clementines, we really never felt hungry.

The first cleanse recipe I want to tell you about is for an amazing side that was made by DAVE!  He has been such a big help during the cleanse since it involves so many recipes and a ton of time in the kitchen.  I had to share this side dish with you, I was SO impressed!

This bean salad is very easy to make- it’s light and fresh with the parsley and crunch of the pomegranate arils but hearty and full of fiber!

I never get a chance to make interesting sides, so this one has to get some special recognition!

White Bean & Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients:

1 (15oz) can Cannellini Beans, rinsed

1/3 cup Pomegranate Seeds*

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4 cup Scallions (thinly sliced whites and pale green parts only.  Cut on a diagonal)

2 Tablespoons fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley, chopped

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

Toss beans, pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, oil, scallions, parsley, and ½ tsp. salt together in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. (Doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?!)

*Here’s some help on how to de-seed your pom!

Recipe from:  Bon Appetit

This side would be great with really anything, but we ate it on our cleanse along with some pan-roasted chicken topped with a Red Pepper-Walnut Relish- the recipes for those are found below!  I was super psyched about the chicken- the recipe called for some pan frying on the stove and for the chicken to be finished off in the oven… this meant I was able to use one of our new pans!  YAY!

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Red Pepper Walnut Relish:  Recipe Here

Pan-Roasted Chicken:  Recipe Here