Recipes

Pomegranate Guacamole

I have a love-hate relationship with guacamole. Almost every time I eat it, it's either too salty or not salty enough, too tangy or not tangy enough, and so on. I decided that I would make my own and put my own spin on it. Anyone who knows me well, knows that pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits With guacamole being one of my favorite snacks, adding my own twist was a must.

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IN THIS RECIPE:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 half diced Roma tomato
  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of cilantro (I used stir in cilantro paste)
  • 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 small jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and ground cumin (or to taste)

Now I'm a fan of chunky guacamole so I scooped out one avocado and then I diced the other one to give it a nice 50/50 consistency. After this I added in all of my ingredients and used a spoon to toss them to get the flavor going before I started lightly mashing them all together with a fork. Of course if you prefer your guacamole super chunky, I recommend just dicing both avocados. If you like your guacamole very creamy, scoop out both avocados and make sure they're semi-smashed before you add your other ingredients. 

When you're mixing it all together, you'll notice such a beautiful colorful mixture. About half way though mixing it, you can taste it a bit to see if it's to your liking. I ended up adding a tad bit more salt and some more diced jalapenos to add a little kick to it. Once it's just how you like it, serve slightly chilled with chips and garnish with just a few pomegranate seeds on top.

This is a great festive snack for the fall and winter. It has a lot of color and I would definitely serve this at a Christmas party (green and red snack anyone?). If you try it, let me know in the comments below. I'll have the video that I filmed while I made this, up on my YouTube channel next week. However, you can catch it on my app now! I hope you enjoyed this Eats post.

XO, Toni

Toni's Homemade Chicken Salad

Now while I can't take full credit for this recipe, I definitely put my own twist on it. From as far back as I can remember, my grandmother has been making homemade chicken salad. It's a super simple recipe and I've made my own little changes to it.

To make this recipe you'll need:

  • Cooked chicken (I used canned chicken)
  • Lemon
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Diced pimentos
  • Diced celery
  • Chopped green onion
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)

I start by mashing the chicken so it takes more a shredded texture but I don't shred it completely because this will be done when we fully mix our salad. Since this entire recipe is eyeballed and not actually measured, you're welcome to use as many or as little of the ingredients as you'd like. I put in just enough mayonnaise for my salad to be slightly thick. Then I put in a generous amount of relish to taste. Once those 2 ingredients are in the bowl, I fold the current mixture a couple times to mix. Next I add in about 2 tables spoons of the diced pimentos, half a cup of the diced green onions, and because I like my chicken salad super chunky and crunchy, I add in about a cup (or more) of the diced celery. Once all these ingredients have been add in, I roll my lemon to get the juices flowing and then I cut it in half and squeeze both halves into my bow. After that, I add in about 3 table spoons of pomegranate seeds. Now that everything's in the bowl, I fold all of my ingredients until everything is evenly mixed and then I set it in the fridge for about 2 hours to chill.

The best thing about this chicken salad is that once you make it, you have it for a few days. You can eat it by itself, on a sandwich, or as a dip like I did pictured above for lunch. I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you try this recipe, let me know! What do you put in YOUR chicken salad?

XO, Toni

Sweet + Savory Popcorn Trail Mix

Hello everyone!

I'm super excited about the Eats section here on ToniBaldwin.com because I LOVE food! I'm not the type of person who eats healthy 24/7 at all. I definitely believe in eating whatever you want in moderation. For today, I wanted to show you a quick snack that I make on days when I want something sweet and salty. The perfect combination for me? Popcorn trail mix! It's the perfect summer snack and it's a great on-the-go snack for anyone in a hurry.

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To make this you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of organic popcorn (white cheddar or lightly salted, your choice)
  • 1/4 cup of salted roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup of granola (I used vanilla granola)
  • 6 large cherries or a 1/2 cup of dried cherries

For a base I put in a few almonds and a tiny bit of granola and then added 1 cup of popcorn. Then I put the rest of the almonds and granola on top of the popcorn in my bowl. I added the last 1/2 cup of popcorn and then I tossed it with my fingers to get a good mix. Once it was mixed to my liking, I added 6 large cherries on top.

My favorite things about this recipe is that it's a healthier alternative. I know there are going to be a few people who may disagree, but this snack is definitely healthier than buttered popcorn or candied cherries. If you'd like to make it a bit healthier and a little more like trail mix, you can use unsalted popcorn and dried cherries.

That's it for this Eats post! I can't wait to share more recipes with you guys. If you try this sweet and savory snack dish, let me know!

XO, Toni