Fun with POM

by Heather on April 27, 2010

Hey y’all!  How’s it going? This really couldn’t be a prettier morning in Boulder :)

So yesterday I got a very exciting package in the mail:  POM!!! The sweet people from POM contacted me last week about sampling their product, and I really had to control my enthusiasm when I said yes :)  Last night Nate and I had fun with the bottles before putting them away!

First of all, thanks to everyone on Twitter who threw out great salmon suggestions yesterday!  Honestly I didn’t end up using any of them, but I have a ton of salmon in the freezer, and since we try to eat it a couple times a week I now have a smorgasbord of great recipes to try.  I just ended up getting so excited about the POM that I decided to make POM glazed peppery salmon, garlic brown rice, and roasted broccoli :)

For the rice I followed Estela’s recipe exactly, but I used sweet short-grain brown rice from the bulk bins at Whole Foods.  It still has the husk thing on it and had the most incredible texture!  I have a recipe coming up this week with the leftovers and am drooling just thinking about it…

For the broccoli I used the pre-cut veggies from the store.  Massage the broccoli florets with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp of pepper.  Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 375 for 20 minutes, stirring 2-3 times.  I like kale chips and all, but roasted broccoli wins my heart :)

For the salmon I cracked a TON of black pepper on either side of the salmon and seared each side for about 2 minutes in 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Take off the heat and cover the pan with a lid…the steam finishes cooking the salmon so it’s not overdone.  In a saucepan bring 1 cup of POM juice and 1/8 cup brown sugar to a boil.  Turn down the heat a little, but continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced and coats the back of a spoon.  Serve immediately by pouring over the salmon (it was great with the broccoli too!)

The POM juice was fantastic!  It added a sweet-tart-spicy kick to the salmon, and I’m glad I have some leftover to use on pork or chicken later this week :)  Plus I have some fun ideas for drinks and desserts to try with it too!  The rest of the night was spent running errands and relaxing with my sweet husband!

This morning I got up early, did some yoga, and made a chocolate peanut butter GM for breakfast.  I had to get to Boulder to see LeeAnn for my physical therapy!

Seriously, I don’t know why I didn’t think to let her do stuff to my legs before.  She’s a miracle-worker, that one!  I now have an assignment to stretch my calf muscles and quads twice daily, in addition to some strengthening exercises.  I’ve already noticed a difference, and can’t wait to go on my walk at lunch today!  On the way to the office I stopped for some coffee at Panera Bread and picked up a slice of their coffee cake:

I ended up eating 3 bites and gave the rest to Nate…pretty proud of my self-control on that one!  I had just enough to get a taste and it was AH-mazing :)

So last night I had a dream that I took a pregnancy test!  But it was weird because we couldn’t figure out what actually meant “pregnant” and “not pregnant” because the form didn’t have the details on it.  I KNOW I’m not pregnant, but that dream freaked me out so badly that I took a pregnancy test anyway.  Confirmed:  not pregnant. Thank goodness (for now)!

Have you ever had a dream that was so real that you weren’t sure when you woke up what was going on?  Do tell!

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