Freshen Up Winter Dishes with Citrus

As the cold grips the Northeast, it’s increasingly tough to get that delicious, fresh summer producer we’re used to in the warmer months. If you’re a believer in seasonal ingredients, this is the perfect time to brighten up your dishes with some in-season citrus fruits.

Many of us are used to squeezing lemons or limes over our entrees, but oranges and grapefruits play a big part in savory cooking as well. This week, we’re featuring Duck Breast with Orange and Red Lentil Salad, which takes advantage of the juicy, sweet oranges we’re seeing at the market these days.

Citrus fruits have been hailed by many studies for their fat-fighting, metabolism-boosting qualities, but we love them more for the freshness they add to heavier winter dishes. How can you incorporate more citrus into your savory dinners? Look no further: here’s a list of perfect citrus pairings and some recipe ideas!

Oranges

Duck – Just Add Cooking Duck Breast with Orange & Red Lentil Salad

Basil – Health.com’s Grilled Shrimp with Lime, Orange & Basil Oil

Fennel – Saveur’s Blood Orange-Fennel Osso Bucco

Lemons

Seafood – Just Add Cooking Lemony Shrimp Pasta

Olives – Food & Wine’s Lamb Tagine with Green Olives & Lemon

Asparagus – Eating Well’s Lemon Lover’s Asparagus

Grapefruit

Scallops – Eating Well’s Seared Scallops with Grapefruit Sauce

Avocado – Whole Foods’ Avocado & Grapefuit Salad

Beets – Bon Appetit’s Roasted Beets & Citrus with Feta

 

While you’re working on your citrus recipes, you’ll likely be called upon to supreme the citrus at times (separating the meat from the pith). Not sure how to do it? Check out this quick tutorial and become an expert in no time!

 

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