White Bean, Brussels Sprouts, and Pomegranate Tart

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As a college student, I love when recipes have less than 8 ingredients. And it’s even better if they only call for four or five ingredients! I mean, if we’re being honest, with a small ingredients list you’re often looking at cheaper meals, less space in the crowded fridge, and a shorter cook-time. Boom. What’s not to love about that?!

When I stumbled upon this recipe and saw the beautiful use of Brussels sprouts and pomegranate seeds, I knew I had to try it. This recipe also only calls for FIVE ingredients, qualifying it for my new favorite recipe in the running.

This thanksgiving weekend, as you overflow your carts and bellies with food and ingredients, consider this recipe, consider a simpler meal. For many, a vegetarian thanksgiving is blasphemy, but I am here to tell you that with dishes like this, your stomach and family will both be more than content. Turkey doesn’t compare to fresh pomegranate seeds, a warm crisp bread crust, and roasted Brussels sprouts.

To learn more about why my family and I will be having a vegetarian thanksgiving, check out the about page, or this How To: Have a Vegetarian Thanksgiving post from last fall.

From my table to yours, may your week be filled with nourishment- in every way.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, rinsed, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 15-oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 whole wheat pizza dough sheet
  • ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl, and season with salt and pepper as desired.  Arrange the sprouts on a new baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes, flipping once.  Remove from the oven once lightly browned, and decrease the oven temperature to 400˚F.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the white beans and remaining two tablespoons of olive oil in a food processor, and blend until smooth.
  4. Roll the pizza dough out onto the greased baking sheet and bake for eight minutes, or until light brown.
  5. Spread the bean puree on top of the hot crust, top with Brussels sprouts, and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes. (You want the bean mixture to get warm, however you do not want to burn the crust or Brussels sprouts!)
  6. Remove from the oven and top with fresh pomegranate seeds.  Eat warm and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips:

  • Yield: 6
  • Source: Vegetarian Times November 2013 Issue
  • The original recipe calls for a puff pastry instead of rollout pizza dough. If using a puff pastry, use a 9-inch pie pan, and grease thoroughly. Personally, I found the pizza dough best for providing support in holding the tart ingredients.
  • If you like this recipe, try these other delicious treats from ‘a rented kitchen!’:

Superfood Guacamole

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Day 3 of Five Days of Appetizers for the Holidays!

Day One: Thai Peanut Vegetable Dip

Day Two: Brie, Pear, and Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

I know that health is often one thought that gets pushed to the back of our minds over the holidays, at least until it’s time for our New Year’s resolutions. With all those cookies and parties around, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet! However, with recipes like this, you don’t have to sacrifice your health to the holidays. Forget the rich cheeses and dips- this superfood guacamole will provide you with a full dosage of antioxidants and vitamin c for the day and won’t leave you feeling guilty!

With pomegranate in season over the winter, there’s no better time than now to enjoy this delicious guacamole. With only 5 ingredients, four easy steps, and a delicious taste, this is definitely a treat you’ll want to make again and again. Happy Holidays, from my kitchen to yours.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 Tablespoons onion, finely chopped (I used purple onion!)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Seeds from one pomegranate (about 3/4 cup)*

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mash the two avocados with the back of a large spoon.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the mashed avocado with the onion, fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Cut the pomegranate into quarters.
  4. Over a shallow bowl of water, begin pulling the seeds out of the pomegranate. You do this step over a bowl of water because the seeds will sink to the bottom, while the pulp will float on top. Separate the seeds from the pulp and gently mix the seeds into the guacamole.
  5. Serve with chips and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!: