while grocery shopping my mom and I decided that we wanted to pick up some cantaloupe for a snack for either later that day or the next day. So my mom tasked me with the job of picking out a cantaloupe. She told my 3 year old to help me. Most of you may know that three year old’s have short attention spans and picking out cantaloupe probably not their strongest suit. She tapped it she smelled and and she decided that would be the cantaloupe that we got. After shopping for several hours (and it being past nap time) I was not going to argue with her.
Unfortunately when we got home and cut up the cantaloupe we discovered that it looked good and had the right texture but it was extremely bland. I don’t know about you but for me in general I have a hard time picking out a ‘good’ cantaloupe and feel I should eat it even if it doesn’t have much flavor since I spent the money on it.
We decided this time to see if there were any alternative ways to use the cantaloupe or ways to increase the flavor. We went to our favorite recipe site, www.allrecipes.com I was amazed at all the different ways to use cantaloupe, from smoothies, to breads, to cakes. Who knew! I had always just enjoyed cantaloupe fresh and never really thought it needed to be used other ways. We decided to try two of the recipes (varying them slightly as we are never really ones to follow them exactly).
The first recipe that we tried was a cantaloupe smoothie. We varied this up as we made it a cantaloupe/banana smoothie. Some people may not like it if they aren’t a fan of bananas but we all thought it was very tasty. My daughter in particular gave it two thumbs up:).
The second recipe that we tried was cantaloupe bread. It tasted more like cake to me but was extremely moist. My husband compared it to banana bread. If you didn’t know it was cantaloupe bread you would never even know there was cantaloupe in there as there was no cantaloupe flavor.
Both of these were extremely good methods to use cantaloupe that doesn’t have much flavor. Do you have other methods to use cantaloupe? I would love to hear about them.