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Citrus Season is Here!

Winter is the season when a variety of citrus fruit are plentiful.  These include clementines, grapefruit, Mandarin oranges, oranges, and tangerines. Citrus fruit are best known for being an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system. While all these fruit are delicious eaten on their own, I’ve selected some ways to incorporate them into your meals in ways you might not have considered.


Citrus Avocado Chicken uses limes, grapefruit, and oranges in both the salsa and marinade you’ll make for this recipe.  Begin by creating a marinade by combining citrus zest and juice with honey, olive oil, minced garlic, minced Serrano chile, chopped basil, chopped cilantro, and cumin.  Place skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a zip lock bag with the marinade and refrigerate 4-8 hours, turning occasionally.  You’ll create a salsa with sectioned and chopped limes, grapefruit, and oranges, chopped Serrano chile, minced green onion, chopped basil, chopped cilantro, chopped Anaheim chile pepper, and honey.  Refrigerate until one hour before serving, when you’ll add chopped avocado and let sit out at room temperature while you grill your chicken.  Finish by topping chicken with salsa and enjoy.


Courtesy of Favorite Family Recipes


A combinations of colors and textures is how I’d describe Quinoa Citrus Mango Avocado Black Bean Salad.  Simply combine cooked quinoa, cooked black beans, cubed, fresh mango, cubed, fresh avocado, segmented grapefruit, segmented orange, lemon juice, chopped scallions, olive oil, honey, and sea salt.  This makes a delicious lunch entrée or side dish.


Courtesy of Jeanette’s Healthy Living


Citrus fruit is ideal for breakfast and you’ll especially love this Yogurt Orange Smoothie with Vanilla and Cinnamon.  Add two peeled navel oranges, one cup plain yogurt, cinnamon, and vanilla to a blender and combine until smooth.  Serve cold.


Courtesy of Rhubarbarians


I’m back next week with some delicious and healthy snack ideas.


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