Monday, April 13, 2009

Fruit Recipes

I love mixing foods with fruits. I love fruits in general in fact, they might just be some of my most favorites food. I always feel better after I eat some fruit. That said, here are two recipes that I love and have made over and over again that showcase fruit! They are healthy, quick and so simple to make not to mention they taste delish!

Melon Mint Salad
1 cantaloupe
1 honeydew
1 qt of strawberries (washed)
2 pints of blackberries or blueberries (washed)
1/2 bunch of Basil
1/2 bunch mint leaves
3 Tbsp. honey (I've made this with simple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, or splenda)
2 Tbsp lime juice
a dash of cayenne pepper

Clean the melons and skin them. Slice them into bite size pieces and put in a large bowl. Quarter or halve the strawberries into the bowl with the melon. Mix in black/blueberries. Take the leaves off the stem and roll up the leaves and chiffonade (slice very thinly) the basil and mint. sprinkle into the fruit.

In a small bowl, add the lime juice, honey and cayenne pepper. Mix until the honey is dissolved. Taste it, you want a bit of bitterness b/c the fruit will add their sugars to the flavor. Mix into the fruit and cover. Is best made a night before, but can be made 2 hours before serving.

Toss the fruit before serving to get an even mixture. Enjoy!

Mango Chicken Stir-fry (Serves 2)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 large mango, sliced thin
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1/2 cup green onion, sliced thin
1 1/2 cups broccoli (flowers and stems)
1 Tbsp ginger root, peeled minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
1 lime, juice of
1 tsp chili flakes
cornstarch (optional)

Prepare all ingredients in advance: mince the ginger and garlic, slice the mango, green onions, red pepper, and chicken, and cut the broccoli into flowers and stems.
Juice the lime, and combine the juice with the soy sauce, orange juice, and chili flakes.
Steam the broccoli until just tender.
Stir fry chicken in sesame oil until no longer pink in the center.
Add the ginger and garlic, and stir fry for 1-2 more minutes.
Add the red pepper, broccoli, and soy sauce mixture, and stir fry for about 3 minutes, until the pepper starts to soften.
Add the mango and continue to stir fry until the mango is heated through.
Stir in the green onions, and add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce, if desired.

I love to serve this over barley or rice. Enjoy!

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