Pomegranate

Health benefits:

Crack one open, and you’ll find hundreds of antioxidant-packed seeds bursting with juice and flavor. This messy fruit has been linked to lowered cholesterol and helps fight heart disease. Plus, it’s simply delicious.

Pomegranate Crème Sauce

Serves 4 
Chef Mansour Gorji
Canary by Gorji

½ tablespoon olive oil 

½ teaspoon butter 

½ cup mushrooms, sliced 

¼ cup red onion, julienned

kosher salt 

coarse ground black pepper 

½ cup heavy whipping cream 

½ tablespoon pomegranate

purée or molasses 

½ teaspoon sumac 

Pour the olive oil in a sauté pan, then add the butter, mushrooms, red onion, salt, and pepper. Mix and sauté on high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes or until the red onion and mushrooms start to become translucent. 

Turn heat to medium. Add the cream, pomegranate purée, sumac, and mix. Cream burns very fast, so turn the heat down to medium before adding it. Continue to cook until bubbles start in the center of the pan. 

Simmer on low heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not boil. Serve with any meat dish.

Dinosaur Kale

Health benefits:

Healthy_Eating_Kale_Recipe

Also known as Tuscan or lacinato kale, this cruciferous vegetable is low in calories (just 33 per cup) and a great source for vitamins K, A, C, and folate, a B vitamin that’s important for brain development.

Dinosaur Kale Salad With Artichoke Vinaigrette

Serves 4 
Executive chef Graham Dodds
Hibiscus

2 packed cups of dinosaur kale, 

stem removed and torn into 

bite-size pieces

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1 pinch kosher salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

½ packed cup watermelon radish, julienned

2 tablespoons ricotta salata, grated 

2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds

2 tablespoons artichoke vinaigrette 

(see recipe below) 

Heat large sauté pan over medium high heat.  Add grapeseed oil and allow to heat. Once oil is hot, add kale. Be careful. You may want to stand back, as it will splatter and pop sometimes. Toss it around in the hot pan a few times, for about 5 to 7 seconds. Add watermelon radish, and season with the salt and pepper. Add the artichoke vinaigrette; try to get as much of the minced artichoke and shallots as possible. Sprinkle the ricotta salata and pomegranate seeds over the kale, and serve immediately.  

Artichoke Vinaigrette 
Makes ½ cup

3 fresh whole artichokes

½ cup Texas Olive Ranch olive oil

3 lemons, juiced

2 shallots, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine lemon juice and olive oil. Clean one artichoke at a time, and mince the heart very small, adding it to the lemon and olive oil mixture so it does not turn brown. Add minced shallots. Season with salt and black pepper.

Carrots

Health benefits:

Healthy_Eating_Carrots_Recipe

This nutrient-rich vegetable can be prepared a number of ways: sautéed with a pinch of salt, juiced, or baked into a cake. The fact that they can be enjoyed savory or sweet, and that they’re available at local supermarkets year-round, makes carrots one of the more versatile options if you’re looking to amp up your vitamin A intake. 

Pickled Ginger-Jalapeño Carrots

Yileds Four 1-Quart Jars 
Chef Tim Byres
Smoke

10 to 12 large carrots (about 5 ½ lb) 

6 cups distilled white vinegar 

½ cup kosher salt 

1 ½ cups sugar 

8 thin slices of fresh ginger 

1 jalapeño, stemmed and 

quartered, with seeds and 

membranes removed 

4 dried bay leaves 

Wash and peel the carrots, removing the stem and tip ends. Using a channel knife, start
at the larger end of the carrot and make a groove lengthwise from end to end, and repeat either quarterly or in thirds, depending on the size of the carrots. Slice the carrots into quarter-inch disks. 

In a large stockpot over high heat, bring the sliced carrots, vinegar, salt, sugar, ginger, and jalapeño to a boil. When the ingredients have come to a boil, remove the pot from the heat. Using tongs, layer two slices of ginger, one jalapeño quarter, and enough carrots to fill each sterilized jar completely.  Add one bay leaf to each jar. Using a ladle, fill each jar with the hot pickling liquid to the bottom of the mouth. Seal immediately for long-term storage. These pickles can be kept in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard. Or, you can skip the canning and place the cooled, lidded jars in the refrigerator, where they will keep for at least two weeks. Wait a few days before eating them to let the pickling effect sink in.

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