Wonderful World of Citrus

Growing up, 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 Saturday morning.

Did you ever have a lemonade stand as a kid? The lemonade 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 family members’ faces.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Zest a ripe orange, chop some fresh parsley and garlic, and mix them all together for a bright, healthy condiment called Gremolata. Add it to the top of a baked fish like salmon or tilapia. Delicious!
  2. Sauté fresh green beans and onions in extra virgin olive oil. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the beans right before serving. This little step takes your veggies to another tasty level.
  3. Peel and dice a couple of oranges and mix with some fresh cilantro, chopped red onions and jalapeños or red pepper. It’s a perfect topping for grilled shrimp or chicken tacos.
  4. Pour half a 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.
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