It's no wonder cold and flu season coincides with citrus season. All of those vitamins and antioxidants are great for boosting immunity. But the season is almost over. So take advantage of all that zesty goodness and get creative. Citrus flavors pair well with lots of foods you already eat. Just add some segments, juice or zest and soak in the healthy.
There are endless ways to add citrus to your meals. But one of my favorites, and perhaps the easiest, is to spruce up an ordinary chicken and greens salad with a variety of orange segments. I like sweet pink Cara Cara oranges and deep red Blood oranges. Add in some cilantro, jalapeno slices (seeded if you like it mild) and shaved red onion and you have one tasty meal.
Make a simple vinaigrette by squeezing the juice from the leftover pieces from segmenting the oranges, and add in some minced garlic, olive oil and salt. It makes a simple lunch or a light and easy dinner the whole family is sure to love.
Other tasty ways to sneak in some citrus: zest lemon into your risotto or pasta. Add some kumquat slices to fish and julienned vegetables. Make a simple sauce for chicken or pork with the juice from 2 lemons and 1 cup chicken broth. Or mix the zest from one lemon or orange with finely chopped almonds, breadcrumbs, chopped parsley and minced garlic and use as a topping for baked fish.
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Rebecca Nedrow is an ACF Certified Culinarian with a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from Kansas State University. She is also the Director of Operations for Friend that Cooks Personal Chefs.