The Wonderful World of Citrus
I ate so many oranges growing up they thought I was going to turn orange. LOL! Nothing could compare to the sweet taste of a ripe one on a hot summer day or even better when my Mother would pull out her juicer and make some fresh squeezed orange juice on a sunny Saturday morning.
Did you ever have a lemonade stand as a kid? It was so good I think I drank through most of my .25 cent a cup profits!
From sweet navel oranges to tart grapefruit, citrus has some wonderful culinary uses that are sure to brighten up your next meal and put a smile on your families face.
Here are a couple of my favorites
- Zest a ripe orange, chop up some fresh parsley and garlic, mix them all together and you have a bright and healthy condiment called Gremolata. Add it to the top of a baked fish like salmon or tilapia. Delicious!
- Sauté some fresh green beans and onions in extra virgin olive oil. Grab a sliced open lemon and squeeze the juice over the beans right before serving. This little step takes your veggies to another tasty level.
- Peel and dice up a couple of oranges, mix them with some fresh cilantro, chopped red onions and jalapeños or red pepper. Perfect topping for your summer grilled shrimp or chicken tacos.
- Pour a half of cup of orange juice into a plastic bag, along with some fresh rosemary and a dash of agave toss in a couple of pieces of chicken for a wonderful marinade that’s sure to make your protein delicious.