Mango Pomegranate Chutney

"The color of this chutney is darker than you might expect due to the balsamic vinegar I used. Substitute apple vinegar for more of a classic look if you prefer. This recipe also contains very simple instructions for removing pomegranate seeds without making a mess."
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  • Using the blade of a sharp knife, cut about 1/4 inch deep into the skin of the pomegranate, careful not to cut through the seeds. Cut all the way around the perimeter of the pomegranate.
  • Twist the halves of the pomegranate apart. If they don't separate, cut around the perimeter again until they do.
  • Hold one half of the pomegranate over your cook pan with the seeds facing down, and firmly tap the back of pomegranate with a meat mallet or something similar. The seeds will start to fall into the pan. Rotate the pomegranate to get as many of the seeds as possible out as you do this.
  • Remove the white membrane from inside the pomegranate half to loosen the remaining seeds. Also remove any membrane fragments that fall into the pan. Repeat with the other half of the pomegranate.
  • Place all remaining ingredients in the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until thick, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently to keep from sticking.
  • Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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