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Oatmeal-Not Just for Breakfast

oat and celery saladA few months ago, I saw a recipe in a cooking magazine for a Waldorf salad that contained cooked steel cut oatmeal. I saved the recipe somewhere, but never got around to trying it. While searching for a recipe for the pomegranates this week, I came across this recipe for a bulgur salad on 101 Cookbooks. I decided to use the oats instead. The hardest part of this recipe is getting the seeds out of the pomegranate. I used these instructions for seeding the pomegranate, and these for juicing the pomegranate.

Oat and Celery Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded (divided)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • ¾ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • large handful parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add oats and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. (This step can be done ahead.)
  2. Seed pomegranate. Place half the seeds in the blender. Add oil. Blend a few seconds. Strain to remove seed parts. Mash garlic with salt. Whisk into oil mixture.
  3. Combine remaining pomegranate seeds with cooled oatmeal, celery, walnuts, and parsley. Dress with oil mixture right before serving.

If anyone has an easy way to seed a pomegranate, please share.

Happy eating!

Ruth

Beets and Greens with Cheese and Pomegranate

beets ad greens with cheese and pomegranateWe got pomegranates in our box this week, a fruit I would NEVER have bought. That is the beauty of the CSA box-getting us to try produce we wouldn’t have otherwise considered. I was looking for something to do with the beet greens, and came across this recipe from yummly.com for Swiss chard, and thought I would just substitute the beet greens. Since I was substituting, I decided to use some of the pomegranate seeds instead of the raisins. I served this with pork chops, and my guests really liked it! I hope you will, too.

Beets and Greens with Cheese and Pomegranate
Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 medium beets with green tops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green chile
  • 1-14 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • seeds from half a pomegranate, cleaned
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Wrap beets individually in foil. Roast at 400 degrees until tender, about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel beets, then cut into ½ inch cubes. (This can be done ahead of time.)
  2. Separate beet green leaves from the stems. Chop the leaves into 1 inch pieces. Slice the stalks into thin slices.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook chopped leaves in water for 1 minute. Drain and reserve.
  4. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. And sliced stems and saute until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic, saute 3 minutes more.
  5. Add chile, drained tomatoes, and pomegranate seeds. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.
  6. Add cooked beet greens, stir and heat through. Remove from heat. Add lime juice, stir.
  7. Transfer to serving dish, sprinkle with feta and pine nuts.

Happy eating!

Ruth