Lamb Chops with Citrus, Mozzarella, Arugula Salad

by Chris on April 6, 2009

pasto sano/healthy meal

My mom is here for a couple of days and as always, we are having a good time, chatting, and getting things done. During this visit, it has become apparent how much I am my mother’s daughter. We have great discussions and conversations, and it is interesting how many times we respond with the same words, ideas, and thoughts. Even when we watch TV, we have the same reactions. This has produced barrels of laughter.

I knew that this trip was the one I had to have the difficult dialogue I have been avoiding. Timing…timing….

The topic itself doesn’t make me uneasy, but there are certain decisions I make that I hope my family agrees with. Although I put a lot of thought, research, “playing the devil’s advocate”, etc toward certain choices I make, there are still those that cause me to revert back to being 16, when the butterflies flurry in my stomach.

I mentioned back in January that I was taking Foster Parent IMPACT classes. I began the process because of one of the boys at school. His home life is crappy, DFACS has been involved in the past, and I don’t want to see him removed to another group home. He has made such progress this year breaking down pieces of the wall he has built around himself, learning to trust again. My office has become his go-to place on the rare occasion he thinks he’s about to lose it. (Actually, now that I think of it, my office is the go-to place for a lot of the students to come to f they need to regroup.) And over the past 8 months, he has become one of the smiles I look forward to each morning as I try to get through my long, long day. Well, it seems as though there is a pretty good chance this young man may become part of my home before the summer is out, if not sooner. Now, its not definite; it never is. In fact, if it never happens, that’s a good thing because that means his mom got it together. Nonetheless, that was the discussion I needed to have with my mom…the one that explains that her single, independent daughter may soon become guardian of a 15 year old adolescent male. Not to mention, “mom’s room” would no longer be available, should this occur.

Like a mom should, mom had/has her reservations. However, I think/hope she understands that I did not come to my decision without thought and this is something that is truly in my heart. I know she is not saying everything she wants to, but I appreciate her letting me go through this journey my way.

Mom’s visit ends too quickly, as she leaves tomorrow. Before she heads back, I made dinner Like last time. The lamb came out so good in the past, I decided to make another lamb dish. Unfortunately, this lamb wasn’t as good as in other dishes I have made. It was a “Seasoned Rack of Lamb” I bought from Trader Joes and neither of us liked the seasoning. The meat was also very lamby. Next time, I will stick to seasoning it myself.

The salad was awesome and we ended up eating it all. Tasty! It’s a rendition of an Anne Burrell Recipe I saw on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Deeeeelish! While I feel bad the lamb didn’t work out, but we did end up full.

Lamb Chops with Citrus, Mozzarella, Arugula Salad
Adapted from an Anne Burrell Recipe

8 clementines
Pinch crushed red pepper
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cloves garlic, smashed
2 cups baby arugula
¼ cup diced shallot
½ cup fresh mozzarella, diced
½ cup pomegranate seeds

Peel and cut 3 clementines into segments and set aside. Cut the remaining clementines in half and squeeze into a jar (with a lid) with the garlic, a pinch of salt, and crushed red pepper. Close lid and shake. Set aside until ready to serve. Combine clementine segments, shallot, and mozzarella in a bowl with the arugula. Add dressing just before serving, being sure to shake prior to pouring. Lay the lamb arugula salad. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

The salad (not the lamb) is a great dish for Cooking to Combat Cancer. The fruits and arugula are great sources of vitamins and antioxidants.

Deadline – April 29th

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