Friday, March 11, 2011

E: POM Acorn Squash Mash

Couple quick things: 1. Thank you so much for all your sweetness on my last post. Some days I feel like an apple on a stick ;), so the positive words are wonderful to hear/read. 2. Ms. Mandi is in the middle of a kitchen renovation and will be MIA for a few days (hooray for kitchen updates!!). 3. A BIG congrats to Sabrina- I am so happy for you.

Hooray for Friday. I am SO excited for this weekend because one of my best friends, Kelley, and her fiancĂ©e are coming to visit!! We have lots of fun activities and eating in store.  Yesterday afternoon/evening, I was busy cleaning and preparing some treats for their visit including vegan pumpkin chip mini muffins:

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and peanut butter flour cookies:

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What are you up to this weekend?

There hasn’t been a lot of new recipe excitement in my kitchen this week. Last night, I had an acorn squash that needed to be used up. I initially was going to make this yummy looking honey and thyme glazed recipe, but decided instead to try incorporating POM’s new cranberry pomegranate juice into my squash dish (disclaimer: I received this juice for free). 

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First, I pierced my squash all over with a fork and then baked it (on a baking sheet) at 350 degrees F for about an hour and a half (until it was super mushy). 

Next, I cut the squash in half and removed the seeds. I scooped out the flesh and placed it in a bowl with 2 tablespoons POM cranberry juice & a squeeze of maple syrup. I mashed it all with a fork and ended up with the following:

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It was tasty! The juice gave it a nice berry undertone, but I think it would be better with a mashed sweet potato. Any new recipes in your kitchen this week?

39 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I think that mash sounds delicious. I love Pom!

Lisa said...

I just got some free Pom juice too---I was just gonna use some in a vinaigrette....but that looks better (and more creative!).

Lauren said...

Mmmm, so delicious! I never would have thought to add POM into the mash but it sounds perfect. Glad you are feeling better sweetie. Love you!

Averie said...

the mash with the Pom looks wonderful! I love Pom so i bet it was stellar!!!

fitchocoholic said...

That mash sounds really good!!!!!!!! What a neat idea! Hope you have a great weekend!

lesley lifting life said...

Sounds like you've got a great weekend planned! : ) My parents are coming to town, so I need to get cleaning and preparing myself!

Have a great Friday!

Campinggirl said...

I like diluting the pom juice and drinking it with ice. It's nice in a martini as well :)

TiffersRunsTX said...

Ohhhh deeelish! Hope you guys have a gorgeous weekend, hon!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

My son would love this! I think using Pom was a wonderful idea! Kudos to that! I love me some mash! XO

Oh hey if you or both of you get a chance come by and enter my new givewaway. Cute things!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

I have yet to try POM, the dish sounds really interesting. Happy Friday!

Heather said...

What a great idea! So creative!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

Sometimes those things that need to be used up are the best things of the week! haha

I love POM. My kids love POM. I really love pomegranates when they are in season.

Anne Marie said...

I still haven't tried the POM juice but I heard it was wonderful! My kitchen has been a bit lax lately - no new recipes on this end! Hope you have a great weekend!

Annie said...

it's horrible but i can't get over that squashy taste! i however will only eat butternut squash soup! lol

Allison @ PickyEatingRD said...

I have been really lax in the kitchen lately. I think it is becasue I get free lunch at work. I used to cook the night before with enough leftovers to bring for the next day. I need to get back on the

Salah S said...

that mash look so great!!!

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

Mashed squash is awesome - I could eat it at breakfast or dinner :) Gla you are feeling good, and have a lovely weekend Erica!

Biz said...

I have twin fest this weekend! I have a twin sister who lives about 40 miles from me - sadly I don't see her that often because her kids are much younger than Hannah.

Anyway, we've been best friends with twins since 3rd grade - and we get together 4 times a year and Sunday is our first get together since before Christmas - we'll have so much to talk about!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Hooray for Fridays indeed! That looks so GOOD! Haha you made me laugh so hard when you said you felt like an apple on a stick :-) too funny.

I hope you got to make the acorn squash and that you enjoyed it!

Jenna said...

TGIF!

You know, I've never had POM before. I know, who am I?

Have a fabulous weekend lady!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

You are so creative with your pom juice! The only thing I've ever done with it is drink it straight. That recipe looks just fab :).

Have a great weekend Erica!

Holly said...

An apple on a stick....you make me laugh! I hope when/if I'm pregnant one day, I'm as cute as you! :-)

That is such a creative way to use POM juice. I definitely couldn't think of a creative way to use it!

fittingbackin said...

apple on a stick! LOL too cute! Sounds like you have lots to look forward to. :) No new recipes for me until Sunday - that's when I kick off lots of rainbow recipes. Picture squash, zucchini, arugula, spinach - you name it!

Julie said...

yum! this would be a fun thanksgiving or holiday recipe too! i bet the people at POM think you're wonderful. hahahahahaha i just cracked myself up totally.

so many to-be mamas in the blog world! we need to have one giant blog baby shower haha

hmm this weekend i WAS supposed to go shopping with deej for an engagement party gift but she bailed on me (let's not talk about it i'm livid) and then tomorrow night i've got an engagement party, other then that school school schooolwork!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I think you looked really cute, and you shouldn't worry about looking like an apple on a stick! 'Cause you don't!

Erin said...

An apple on a stick! Erica you are so adorable :) I'm so excited you are going to be a mommy! Those muffins look yummy, I love all the chocolate-y bites on top. Serious question: where do you get the energy?! Have a great weekend xo

Pound said...

i love pom! it's like the sweet nectar of life. i also like a good pom martini! i bet it'd be good used in a glaze for pork tenderloin!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, what an awesome idea to put POM in squash! But I agree it would be amazing in sweet potato, too. I'm definitely going to have to try this :)

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Shannon said...

Mmm, I bet you're right, the pom would be a bit better in sweet potatoes... nonetheless delicious though!! i'm heading home for the weekend and i can't wait :) have a good one my dear!

teresa said...

i still have pumpkin from last fall and really need to make cookies out of them too, they look so good! sounds like a fantastic weekend, have a great time!

Priyanka said...

You have motivated me to do some baking. As a matter of fact, I made a vegan cheezy rice casserole today.

Megan D said...

I must make those pumpkin muffins!! Yum! And Pom is so great... love the sweet/tart-ness of it!

Simply Life said...

oh I need one of those cookies!

Natalie said...

so many yummy baked goods! I still can't get over how good those cookies were. I plan to get almond butter after vaca and make them asap...incredible! (they're gone, in case you couldn't tell ;)) have a good weekend!

theartsykitchen said...

Yum! Those little muffins and cookies look like great little treats!!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

That mash looks like applesauce! Sounds delicious and unique! :)

tam said...

I need one of those cookies, yes please, right now!!!!! x x

Fashion Meets Food said...

Soooo I was at the store... and you're the only person I know that is pregnant so I just went into a baby store to check out the clothes.... and I will definitely be shopping for your baby! Everything is beyond adorable!!!!

The mash sounds delish!

xo

ps my birthday is the 18th my blog wouldn't let me reply to your comment.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

Those vegan pumpkin muffins look sooooo good! I need to find some pumpkin soon.