Recipes

Pomegranate, watermelon, mint and haloumi salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup pomegranateseeds
  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 packet haloumi, sliced and grilled
  • 1 bunch mint, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup pomegranatejuice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

METHOD

  1. In a large salad bowl mix the pomegranate juice and balsamic vinegar to form the dressing. Toss through cubed watermelon to coat and allow to rest.
  2. Add watermelon to the serving plate and garnish with freshly grilled and sliced halloumi, mint and pomegranate seeds
  3. Enjoy

Fish with yoghurt, herbs and pomegranate

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole fillet of wild caught fish
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 lemon, rind removed and juiced, keep separate
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 cup freshly chopped herbs (parsley, coriander, watercress)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

METHOD

  1. Bake fish fillet lightly covered with olive oil for 20-25 minutes, move to large serving plate and allow to cool slightly
  2. Mix yoghurt, cumin and lemon juice.
  3. Coat fish with yoghurt sauce, then add fresh herbs, lemon rind and pomegranate seeds.
  4. Enjoy!

Did you know:

  • Scientists attribute pomegranates heart healthy benefits to polyphenols, including anthocyanins, which are plant pigments that give the pomegranate its beautiful red colour. Research links these to lowered blood pressure, decreased inflammation and thickening of the artery walls, and lowered cholesterol.
  • Antioxidant – loaded with powerful antioxidants which helps remove free radicals, protect your cells and reduce inflammation, pomegranates have up to three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Pomegranate juice is rich in flavonoids which research shows to reduce inflammation in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, gastritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • High is vitamin C – One pomegranate contains 40% of your daily RDI which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and increased immunity by raising the white blood cell count.

Tips

  • Peel and de-seed your pomegranate fruit submerged in a bowl full of water to avoid seed splash everywhere
  • Use your lemon press to easily extract juice (or buy an organic bottle and freeze in ice cubes)
  • Use the juice as a replacement in dishes that call for red wine – just adjust the other ingredients to balance the slightly higher sugar content
  • Top pomegranate juice with mineral water for a refreshing alcohol free “rosè”

Corinne Louise, The Naturopath Palm Cove. Ph: 1300 281 265

www.thenaturopathpalmcove.com.au