I was all set to blog on a totally different herb, but I tried a new recipe today, and it was great. Each week I pick a different cookbook, magazine, blog, or herb and plan all my recipes from that source .The last two weeks have been the "Clean Eating Magazine." (july /august ) Most all of the recipes have been good, but this was great!
The secret ingredient was mint, we all know about mint, however living in Kentucky I have a special connection. Also in one of my fields, wild mint grows all through it, so I surmise it must have been someone's garden many years ago, maybe Squire Boone's wife!
My favorite comment about mint is; " mint is like teenagers, easy to grow and nurture but impossible to control! "When we sold our first house in Shelbyville, I had an herb garden that was laden with mint. I asked the new owner if he would like me to transplant any plants. He replied oh no,he loved them all and then promptly tilled them under. Fast Forward.....I was talking to a class at the neighborhood grade school and a young person looked at me and said, oh you are the lady that owned our house, my Dad is so upset he tilled everything under and the mint keeps coming up. I just looked at him and smiled.
So I love mint!
Revenge is sweet, or at least minty!!
Grilled Chicken in Melon Bowls
2 large cantaloupes, washed, scrubbed, cut in half and seeded
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast,thinly sliced and chopped
1 cup cooked green fava beans or Lima beans, chilled( I left this out)
1 cup Romaine Lettuce, shredded
2 oz unsalted cashews
1 cup 100% orange juice
Juice 1 lime
2 to 3 oz fresh blueberries
1 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
Mint leaves for garnish( I put them into the salad)
With a melon baller, scoop out each cantaloupe half, side aside melon balls. Drain the remaining liquid from melon and keep in reserve. Set aside melon halves and keep chilled.
I poached the chicken and then chilled. (The recipe called for grilling the chicken with a tbsp of olive oil.)
Place chicken, cut up, in a large mixing bowl. Add beans and lettuce; toss gently. Add melon balls, cashews,orange juice,lime juice, and reserved cantaloupe juice. Toss gently again. Divide among the cut cantaloupe bowls and dollop yogurt on top and then top with blueberries. Garnish with mint.
OK...I was tired and had been at the hospital in Indiana with my Mom all afternoon, so I put all the ingredients in a big bowl, added the blueberries,yogurt and mint on top. Chilled and then mixed it all together. It was wonderful!!!!