Friday, July 26, 2013

Lunch With Friends

Nothing picks up my energy and my spirits like hospitality. Whenever I have been sick or down or tired, I have found that inviting some people to my house for a meal gets me moving and happy again. I have long felt that one of my spiritual gifts is hospitality and that may be why I am uplifted by it as well. Perhaps just thinking about and doing things for other people gets my mind off myself. 

Whatever the reason, it worked again last week. I was down, usually something I only experience when I'm "off" on my thyroid or been eating too much sugar. This time there was a reason, but I couldn't seem to shake it. However, I had invited two friends to lunch, Nancy, who was moving out of town, and Rosanne, who was just back from a trip to visit family. The weather was gorgeous, I put our new grill to work, and fixed a simple lunch. 

When I'm with either one of the dear friends we talk about the Lord. They love Him and serve Him and aren't ashamed to say so. I love that and wish I could do that so easily with more people.

We had a great time.

They insisted I take photos of the lunch and said they'd be looking for it on my blog, so I thought I'd share the recipe I made up for that meal. However, it wasn't the food that made it a great was the fellowship. That recipe is easy: three friends who love God get together to visit.

Thanks for brightening my days, friends!

Ginger Grilled Chicken Salad

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp minced fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
two skinned and deboned chicken breasts
1/4 cup each red, yellow, and orange peppers cut up in 1/2 inch pieces
1 small onion cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
9 cups torn up lettuce greens

1/2 cup low fat Poppy Seed Dressing
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Mix up yogurt, ginger, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, garam masala, salt, and pepper. Marinade chicken in this in refrigerator for at one to eight hours. 

Mix salad dressing and refrigerate until serving time.

Over medium fire (my grill is gas), cook chicken breasts 6-12 minutes per side. Make sure they are no longer pink in the middle and are hot to touch inside. (Serve guests iced tea if they take longer than you expect, like mine did!)

Meanwhile, stir fry peppers and onion in oil over medium heat until they brown on the edges.

Place three cups of salad greens on each plate. Top with some of the peppers and onions, reserving a few to garnish the chicken.

When chicken is cooked through, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place 1/3 of the meat on top of each salad. Garnish with remaining peppers and onion.

Serve with dressing.

Serves 3.

Printable version of recipe here.

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  1. Beautiful salad, company and patio!! God is so good!! I love how He provides just what we need when we need it!! Pinned this! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys and

  2. What a pretty and healthy lunch! It's amazing how rejuvenating some prayer and fellowship and fun with girlfriends can be. Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty! Hope you come back soon.

  3. Wow, beautiful pictures and beautiful food. Thank you for sharing your blessings with us.

    Thank you for sharing on Spiritual Sundays.




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