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CREATIVE CHRISTMAS: Green beans with Pomegranate and Almond RECIPE

By Kirsten McKechnie.

Pomegranate is just the perfect Christmassy garnish to a salad. Gorgeous little red jewels, both sweet and tart at the same time, they bring this salad to life. There is emerging evidence that almonds can aid in digestion, which is a definite plus on Christmas day!

Ingredients:

50g almonds

Pomegranate

100g of Rocket

½ can of chickpeas

200g green beans

Juice from a lemon

3 tbsp olive oil

Method:

1. Roughly chop the almonds and dry roast in a small pan for a couple of minutes. Don’t walk away! I promise they won’t take long.

2. Open up your pomegranate and pull out all the arils. I recommend doing this under water in a large bowl- the pith will all float to the top and you won’t stain your clothes.

3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.

4. Saute the green beans in 1 tbsp of the olive oil until they are just tender but still bright green.

5. Combine all the elements in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice and remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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