Operation POM Covered Kindness

by HEAB on November 9, 2009

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Morning! I got so much sleep last night which makes me so happy. The time change has still got me all out of whack. CD and I have been eating dinner earlier since it gets so dark, and then I’m ready for bed at like 7. Last night, I made it until about 8:45 PM and then crashed. My body loves sleep.

Did you know that November is National Pomegranate Month and that pomegranate season ends in just a few weeks? Therefore, I am trying to eat as many as I can. FYI, you can also freeze your POM arils. So stock up my friends!

Speaking of pomegranates, who would like to win a case of 5 POM Wonderful pomegranates, not the juice, but 5 actual pieces of fruit? Again, can I win my own giveaways? CD, you must enter this one! ;)

Here is how the giveaway will work. In an effort to help Katie raise money for Operation Chocolate Covered Kindness, all you have to do is make one of her brilliant recipes and somehow incorporate a pomegranate. For instance, it could be something as easy as oat bran with Fudge Babies and POM arils.

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Or something more like my breakfast this morning…

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Raw chocolate pudding (avocado, cocoa powder, stevia) covered in cherry pomegranate Smashberry Jam. P.S. – Smashberry Jam is much better the next day!

You can use use any of the POM Wonderful products, whether it be their juice or the actual fruit. Once you’ve made your recipe, blog about it and send me the link. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter. Simply send me a picture and description of your recipe, and I’ll blog about it. The recipe contest, open to U.S. residents only (sorry!), runs through Sunday, November 15th at midnight, and I’ll post the 2 winning recipes the following Tuesday. So, get creative, have fun, and let’s see how much money we can help Katie raise for The Enough Project!

Oh, and be sure to click here for a chance to win a Magic Bullet, a spiralizer, or a hand blender.

{ 58 comments }

peaceandpeanutbutter November 9, 2009 at 8:40 am

*Drool at your breakfast*

MelissaNibbles November 9, 2009 at 8:56 am

Fabulous breakfast!

VeggieGirl November 9, 2009 at 8:59 am

Looks like Christmas :)

Janna (Just Flourishing) November 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

Mmmm fudge babies and oat bran! I need to make those fudge babies!

I just got 2 new pomegranates and am ready to use em up! I had no idea you could freeze the arils, that is very good to know :)

Evan Thomas November 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

I still haven’t had a pomegranate this season! Shame on me

Chocolate-Covered Katie November 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

Every single day, when I count my blessings, you are at the top of the list. (Fudge babies are up there too ;) )
Truly, as you know, I was really scared when I started the charity drive that it was going to fizzle down to nothing by the end of the month and no one would remember to help. But you really saved the day, and for that I can never thank you enough. I can also never thank you enough for just being amazing, fun-loving you!

P.S. Yes, dads are smart! But moms are even smarter! I’ve learned that Mom is always right :) .

P.P.S. Is there such a thing as dried pomegranates? I’m thinking Pom Babies!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 9:34 am
Erica November 9, 2009 at 9:28 am

How good does your breakfast look? Oh my drool! I have never had fresh POM arils- I need to buy a pom and give them a try!! Glad you’re getting lots of sleep! I need to get on that train

Alisa - Frugal Foodie November 9, 2009 at 10:15 am

Oh, I have a POM in the fridge … I best get on it!

Kate November 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

Pomegrante season is way too short. I need to go stock up before they start pulling them off shelves! I already have the fudge babies and oats, so now they’re all I need.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 9, 2009 at 10:33 am

That pudding looks amazing and I keep threatening to make it!

I wish that pom seeds weren’t sooooo crunchy. I’m all about seeds but it’s just a week bit too much even for me. Do you think it stops me eating them, HECK NO!!? :-D

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 11:05 am
Chrysta November 9, 2009 at 10:53 am

This is such a great contest idea. How cool. The pudding you made looks amazing as well!

Chocolate-Covered Katie November 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

Well, if I can’t dehydrate my own, maybe I should try throwing fresh ones in… or the juice…

I’m going to try it as my submission. If there’s chocolate involved, how could it fail?

Diana November 9, 2009 at 11:32 am

Your breakfast looks amaaazing and delicious!

fartygirl November 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I’m so jealous of your digestion! Once, I tried to do the avocado in the oatmeal thing. I was burping it up all day.

To answer CCK’s question, there ARE dried poms out there. A company called “Just Tomatoes” makes them. Sorry I don’t know how to link when commenting, but here’s the addy: http://www.justtomatoes.com/

They are kind of expensive, but also kind of awesome… esp for us synaesthetics out there who can’t handle the squishy-ness of fruit. Nothin’ beats a handful of dried razzies on oats with almond butter.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Farty, I did not Just Tomatoes did POM arils. How exciting. I’m going to look for them next time I’m at Whole Foods as I love their other products.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Hi Heather, great minds think alike! I posted a version of Katie’s Fudge Babies today & her charity drive…I called mine Dark Choc Fudge Balls.

And your idea for raw choc pudding…ah-hah, I have called that Vegan Choco Mousse when I’ve made it for my bloggie. Great minds think alike with the choc action :)

Pomegranates in general seem so labor intensive and I am no stranger to workin’ in the kitch but I dont buy them all that often just b/c they take me too long to get the arils out! I need to try again :)

Liz November 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I had no idea that pomegranete season is so short! I gotta get on it!

maggie November 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Lovely breakfast girl! Hey quick question before I go grochery shopping….roasted creamy tahini butter or raw and crunchy?? I’m a beginner!!

Maggie

MYBREAKFASTBLOG.COM

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I like raw or roasted creamy, but I don’t think anyone makes a crunchy. Hope you like it my sesame lovin friend. :) Safe travels Maggie!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Oops Maggie – thought you were another Maggie who is about to leave on a cross country trip. Nix the “safe travels” and insert *Enjoy your grocery shopping*. :)

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) November 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Oooh, just noticed Katie’s comment above and I think some POM Babies could be an excellent use of POM products!

rebecca lustig November 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

OH, I’m definitely up for the challenge :)

Hope your day is going well, dear!
Becca

Quix November 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Ok, so I scored at the grocery store and got a bag of SIX slightly overripe pomegranates for 1.75. I’ve never had them before and am loving it. I will DEFINITELY have to check out some recipes to use them up before they go bad. Thanks for the reminder! :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Quix, Great deal on the POM’s! You totally scored – I’m jealous. :)

Katie November 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I’m trying to link back to Katie as much as possible in the blog. I am not a huge Pomegrante fan so I will watch from afar. Most people are more creative then I with a recipe.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Katie, Thanks so much – I know Chocolate Covered Katie appreciates the help. :)

tamie November 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Ladies I need to find frozen raw (freshly frozen) brand of blue berries. Does any one have a brand name that maybe I can find in my local super market or in my super walmart store? thanks.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Tamie, I just emailed ya. :)

The Pancake Girl November 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Your breakfast looks great, especially with all that chocolate love! Extra sleep inspires extra special breakfast I think. :-) Btw, what kind of camera do you use? Your photos are gorgeous!

Thanks so much for posting about Chocolate Covered Katie’s charity work.. I’ve been trying to link over to her as well.
(www.joelygolightly.wordpress.com)

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Pancake Girl :) I use a Canon Powershot A630 camera. Love it!

Food-Fitness-FreshAir November 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Love this giveaway and I think I might have to do this one! I’ve recently fallen in love with pomegranates this year, and it all started by being inspired through reading pomegranate blog posts!

tamie November 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Heather, but no email yet, it must be slow. lol!

the dainty pig November 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Oh wow! That breakfast looks amazing!
And I think I fell in love with you when I saw your homemade nutella…must…try….soon.
Have a great week!!

maryjanelovesfood November 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm

I still marvel at all the innovative creations you come up with! I’m not a fan of chocolate but I am going to have to try arils in my oats! It looks delicious!

Pure2Raw Twins November 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

What a yummy breakfast !! I have not have pomegranates in so long, I will get some this week : )

leslie November 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

i just had my first pomegranate of the season yesterday, and i forgot how completely unbelievable they are. more importantly: you can freeze the seeds!?!? this is going to change my life.

definitely entering your giveaway – it’s just a matter of choosing between all the deliciousness on katie’s blog!

Jenna November 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

looks delish!
jenna

eatmovelove November 9, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Yum! Very ‘fresh’ pictures. Heather, (or anyone I guess!) – any suggestions on canned pumpkin?? I’ve got a few cans…planning on doing some baking of course! But I was also wondering if you can just eat it out of the can??? Is it from the ‘squash’ family? Good for you? The nutrition content looks good…is Pumpkin ‘sweet’-tasting? I’ve never had it.

Haha- I know this has nothing to do with your post, but thought I’d ask my fav blogger :) Cheers!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

EatMoveLove, I love canned pumpkin, and yes, you can eat it straight from the can. It’s not as sweet as a sweet potato or some other winter squashed like butternut. However, it is very good for you – high in Vitamin A, pretty low-cal, some fiber, etc. My favorite ways to eat it:

– Straight from the can with a spoon. – Stirred into a hot bowl of oats with cinnamon and perhaps a little sweetener – Pumpkin smoothies – had one today consisting of water, chia seeds, canned pumpkin, vanilla protein powder, and pumpkin pie spice. – Pumpkin sandwiches or wraps consisting of pumpkin, nut butter, and honey. Great with chicken as well. – Make your own pumpkin butter: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/recipes/kabocha-squash-butter/

Annie November 9, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Ohhhhh fun! I’ve got to go back and find out how exactly to get into a pomegranate… I bought one for 1$ yesterday (last week they were $2.69/pc so I passed)… now, I have something to do with it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 10, 2009 at 7:56 am
BroccoliHut November 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Chocolate and POM=heaven. I had some cocoa and pom infused oats just yesterday, in fact, but these look WAY better:)

eatmovelove November 10, 2009 at 6:31 am

Thanks Heather!! So many great ideas. I’m glad you said it’s not as sweet as a SwPotatoe or Butternut – I actually find these too be too sweet in a way!! I think Spaghetti Squash and zucchini (well, a summer squash) are my favorites :) I should make the seed butter…would save on some expenses…

My Style November 10, 2009 at 6:55 am

Hey Heather! I started my challenge. Yesterday I made banana butter and it was so good! I think I might just have to do a repeat today. Hope that’s not cheating! ;)

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 10, 2009 at 7:57 am

My Style, Nah, not cheating. Banana Butter is definitely 2-day-in-a-row worthy. :)

Tina November 10, 2009 at 8:19 am

Everything looks wooonderful :D I haven’t had pom in so long.

wmuamy November 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I left a comment yesterday and it isn’t here. boo…

Trying again just to test it out….

I bought a pom but have no clue what to do with it yet…gues I need to google that one.

I just ordered my dehydrator yesterday (so excited) so there will be many new food adventures in my future!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

wmuamy, I saw your comment yesterday. You left it on Sunday’s post: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2009/11/08/lovely-sunday/. So exciting about the dehydrator. I have one, but I would love a new Excalibur. Oh, the fun I would have in my kitchen!

Heathy November 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

That choccie pudding pomegranate creation looks wonderful!
When I saw your blog name via someone else’s blog, I had to come over – my name is Heather too! :) …. and of course I love almond butter too!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Healthy, Another Heather who loves almond butter? A kindred spirit for sure. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Ozlen November 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

I just bought some poms yesterday and hope to clean them so that they will be ready for some oatmeal tomorrow am :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 12, 2009 at 8:28 am

Ozlen, Hope you enjoy those little crunchy arils!

Pure2Raw Twins November 12, 2009 at 10:59 am

Just posted our Pomegranate recipe with Katie’s fudge balls : )

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Thanks girls – got your entry. Wow is all I have to say. :)

Bren November 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

hey Heather! good “seeing” you. great post. I’m about to do my post on pom month, too! let’s see what I come up with! so much out there already done! But imma make something great!! :) great post.

hotflashbang November 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Ohhhhh HEAB… thank you thank you thank you! I made Chocolate Covered Katie’s Fudge Babies today and added coconut and pomegranate arils… HOLY SMOKES! Super delicious… I clearly am already the winner of this contest cuz nothing can beat what I just popped into my mouth! Thanks!
Annie

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