Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop, in the oven (350°F, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes) or in the microwave.
Equipment: Kitchen string
Ingredient note: Look for pomegranate juice with other bottled juices or in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.
Tip: To avoid the enduring stains of pomegranate juice, work under water! Fill a large bowl with water. Hold the pomegranate in the water and slice off the crown. Lightly score the fruit into quarters, from crown to stem end. Keeping the fruit under water, break it apart, gently separating the plump arils from the outer skin and white pith. The seeds will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the surface. Discard the pith. Pour the seeds into a colander. Rinse and pat dry. The seeds can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to 3 months.
2 1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable, 4 lean protein, 1/2 fat