Wintertime means citrus galore! Today I’m sharing a citrus recipe roundup featuring 8 delicious dishes created by registered dietitians.
Have you ever noticed that certain fruits and vegetables taste so much better at certain times of the year than others? (Hint hint, now’s the perfect time for a citrus recipe!) Or maybe more noticeable is the lower price tag in the grocery store. Being aware of what’s in season in your area can reduce your grocery bill and encourage you to try something new. The USDA puts out a short and general list of seasonal produce, but because regions vary greatly in their weather patterns, you will find more specific information by looking up your local farm bureau. Here in San Diego, we have moderate temperatures that allow for a longer-than-typical growing season for many fruits and veggies, though the drought is severely affecting our local farmers. This NPR article mentions that citrus and avocado farms have been suffering due to their high water needs, so we will likely see an increase in vineyards which require less water. Wine lovers, rejoice!
Despite the downturn of citrus farming, lemons, limes, oranges, clementines, and tangerines still appear to be plentiful. Determined to reduce waste and use what’s on hand, I reached out to some of my favorite recipe developers and registered dietitians to create this citrus recipe roundup. Some of my favorite ingredients are listed including ginger, avocado, capers and beets.
Before I let you loose to explore the recipes, here are a few citrus trivia facts.
- Citrus is high in vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of iron. If you have been told by your medical doctor to increase your iron intake, your body will better absorb iron when ingested at the same time as a food or beverage containing vitamin C. This is especially important for non-heme iron sources, which is the type of iron found in plants. If you have hereditary hemochromatosis, or any other iron-overload concerns, it would be important for you to avoid having vitamin C with iron-containing foods. Consult your physician for further information.
- Vitamin C is important for wound healing as well as strengthening our immune system. While it won’t necessarily stop a cold in its tracks, it can reduce the length and severity of a cold.
- Yes, there is such thing as taking too much vitamin C, but it will most likely hurt your wallet more than your body. Because this is a water-soluble vitamin, you will urinate the excess out, which is basically like putting your money down the toilet.
- Vitamin C may also be referred to as ascorbic acid; both are antioxidants. Ascorbic acid is essential for the health of connective tissue and bones. In food production, ascorbic acid is often used as a preservative. You can explore its effects by cutting an apple and sprinkling it with lemon juice. Notice how browning is reduced. That’s an antioxidant in action!
Now that we’ve covered some fun facts, let’s get to cooking!
- Grapefruit and Toasted Walnut Salad via Heather Mason, The Nutty Nutritionist
- Lemon Arugula Toasted Naan Bites via Min of MJ and Hungryman
- Ginger Citrus Avocado Dressing via Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean
- Pasta with Lemon Sauce and Capers via Abby of Abby Langer Nutrition
- Vegan Green Goddess Dressing via Kara of The Foodie Dietitian Blog
- Orange, Beet, and Arugula Salad with Chia via Katie of Nourish.Breathe.Thrive.
- Butternut Sage Risotto Balls via Jessica of Nutritioulicious
- Lemony Kale, Pasta, and Pistachio Salad via EA of Spicy RD Nutrition
Do you have a favorite citrus recipe? Did you try one of the citrus recipes above? Share in the comments below!