Wheat Berry, Soy Sausage and Pomegranate Bowl

This recipe comes from Bon Appetite – with some minor adjustments. I used soy sausage, use regular chorizo if you prefer. It makes for great leftovers too.

  • 2 cups wheat berries
  • Salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 12 oz soy sausage, casings removed
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tsp za’atar, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 c pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 c coarsely chopped min
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced into rounds
  • Pine nuts

Simmer wheat berries in a large saucepan of salted water until grains are tender and hulls have just started to split open (cook time will vary and can take up to 1 hour). Drain and rinse under cold water, then thoroughly drain again. Transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and crisp, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon.

Mix garlic, yogurt, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsp. za’atar in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Set yogurt sauce aside.

Add pomegranate seeds, chopped mint, half of scallions, remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, and remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to bowl with wheat berries and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide wheat berry mixture among bowls and top with cucumbers, sausage, and remaining scallions. Drizzle with reserved yogurt sauce, scatter mint leaves over, and sprinkle with more za’atar. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Grilled Steak with Rice Tabbouleh 

  
Another winner from Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Superfoods- love the rice! I served with roasted Brussels sporuts.

Ingredients:
3/4 c brown rice
½ a bunch mint, chopped
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 spring onions, sliced thin
1 lemon
Olive oil
½ pomegranate, seeds only
1/4 c shelled unsalted toasted pistachios
7 oz roasted peeled red peppers, jarred
7 oz fillet steak
1/4 c feta cheese, crumbled

Cook the rice according to package, drain and put into a bowl. Stir herb, Pom seeds, onions, lemon zest and juice, 1 tbsp of oil and a pinch of black pepper. 

Heat a grill o high heat.

Drain the peppers, open them out and grill on both sides, then remove to a plate. Rub a little oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper into the steak, then griddle for 2 to 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, turning every minute, or until cooked to your liking. Rest the steak for a couple of minutes on top of peppers. Toss the steak and peppers in the resting juices, slice up the steak, add both to the platter and crumble over the feta. 

Serves 2. 

Cannellini and Pomegranate Salad

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Another winner from the BACleanse! Thus one comes together fast, tastes amazing and makes great leftover!

Ingredients:
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed
4 oz pomegranate seeds (1 pack of TJs)
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/2 TBSP olive oil
1/4 c thinly sliced scallions
4 TBSP chopped parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Serves 4.

Pom Cosmo

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Tomorrow I reach a major milestone… I’ll have been legal to drink in the US for 1/2 my life. So to get this party started I’m making Pom Cosmos tonight! Thanks Bon Appetite for the inspiration!

Ingredients
3 oz vodka
1 oz Countreau
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz pomegranate juice
1 orange twist

Combine in a shaker, add ice, shake, pour & enjoy!!