Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday night fun: POMa Ganoush!

Happy Friday!! Did I say that already? Well, today REALLY has been! After my morning of errands & shadowing at the gym I came home to a VERY great piece of mail:

My official certification. I am a personal trainer. 
As a matter of fact there are 2 irons in the fire that I will share as soon as I can. For now, I am super pumped and really need a nice frame! 
I spent the afternoon in the kitchen! I whipped up a few "dips" one of which is the POM Baba Ganoush I am dubbing POMa Ganoush. 


1 large eggplant (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup POM juice
arils of 1 pomegranate, divided (optional)
3/4 cup parsley, finely chopped, plus a few whole leaves for garnish
Sesame seeds, garnish

Preheat oven to 350°. Prick the eggplant with a fork, then set on a rimmed baking pan with 1/2 cup water. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the eggplant is soft all the way through. Add more water to the pan as needed; the steam will help the eggplant cook.
Wrinkly eggplants ROCK!
Let eggplant cool until it can be handled, then peel off the skin. Combine the eggplant, tahini, 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, POM juice and garlic in a blender (or a large bowl if you are using an immersion blender). 

I didn't use my blender, I used my NEW/OLD food processor! I found this vintage baby at the thrift store and snatched it up, it is really powerful and works SO well, much better than the little 2 Cup one I had been using. I LOVE vintage kitchenware, I think there is something unique about it--do you?  

The POM/Lemon juice!

I blended this, THEN added the parsley to the processor instead of just stirring it in. I also added 1/4 green pepper because I think my egg plant was on the small side: Finished Product!! 

Blend until smooth and combined. Stir in 3/4 of the pomegranate arils. (I didn't have a pomegranate to do this) Add more salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

To serve, arrange POMa Ganoush in bowl, drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, and scatter remaining pomegranate arils and parsley leaves on top. Serve with sliced vegetables, pita chips, or just a fork! 

What are you doing for fun tonight and this weekend--it's BEAUTIFUL here!! 

I have a long run planned and maybe some trails too! ALSO, today is my first full day of the Core routine I am starting, I will report over the weekend! 

Barefoot Running Video

TGIF and nice big WELCOME to my new fit followers! 
Hope you guys like the blog, please comment and send me a note if y ou want, I would love to hear from you! 

Here is a COOL video of Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, on barefoot running, he was featured on the 700 club, kind of a fun video! You can read my review of the book HERE--I swear no spoilers! Check back tonight for my Friday night POM recipe, hopefully some of these fun links below will hold you over until then!

Barefoot Angie Bee's giving away a barefoot running book till 5/20! 
Julie at Julie's Running Blog is having her FIRST giveaway, TWO winners, ending 5/22! 
Tanks and itunes giveaway over at Secrets of Running Mom ends 5/30! 
ANOTHER sweaty giveaway here at Racing with babes, ends 5/18, such a cute blog!

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