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February March 2022

7 Citrus Recipes that Will Brighten Your Day

In the long, dark days of winter, tangy, vitamin-rich citrus is a shining star. With a peak season ranging from December through March, citrus is a go-to for fresh flavor and a pop of color all season long, no matter what’s on the menu.
February March 2022 Healthier Lighter

When shopping for citrus, choose fruit that feels solid and relatively heavy, an indication that it’s ripe and full of flavorful juices. Also, the nose knows! Fresh citrus should have a fruity aroma, particularly near the stem end on top. Room temp is fine for storage if you plan to eat your citrus within 48 hours. Otherwise, maximize the life of your fruit by keeping it refrigerated in a non-airtight container, which helps to prevent softening and mold.

These vibrant recipes featuring the flavor-boosting power of limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit in easy mains, sides, and desserts are certain to brighten even the dreariest winter days.  

Orange Beef Stir Fry

Enjoy bold, Asian-inspired flavor loaded with nutrients in under 20 minutes (that’s less time than takeout!). Slices of peel-on oranges turn savory-sweet stir fried with tender flank steak and crisp snow peas in a luscious sauce made with freshly squeezed orange juice, soy sauce, and fresh ginger. 

Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado

This easy but elegant salad is a treat for all the senses. Sparkling red grapefruit segments, crunchy arugula, and creamy avocado are a trifecta of flavor and texture over nutty quinoa tossed with fresh grapefruit vinaigrette.  

Slow Cooker Spiced Citrus Carnitas

Budget-friendly pork shoulder becomes tasty, fork-tender carnitas in this easy slow cooker recipe fit for a crowd. The key is a flavorful cooking liquid made with beer, garlic, authentic Mexican spices, and two types of citrus juice. 

Blood Orange and Lime Glazed Baby Carrots

This family-friendly veggie is ready to serve alongside any of your favorite mains with just five minutes of prep. Tender baby carrots roasted with butter and honey get major zing from fresh lime juice and berry-like blood oranges.  

Lemon Maple Drumsticks

Give plain ol’ chicken legs an explosion of flavor with just a handful of kitchen standby ingredients. Stone ground mustard, maple syrup, and lemon juice create a tasty glaze for oven roasted drumsticks finished under the broiler for extra crispy skin. 

Citrus Tres Leches Cake

This colorful riff on Latin American tres leches (“three milks”) cake is so beautiful, you might want to start with dessert first. Juicy slices of red grapefruit and orange are the crowning jewels on a sweet, creamy cake made with the traditional combination of evaporated, condensed, and whole milks. 

Citrus Pound Cake

This easy-to-make, impossible-to-resist poundcake gets its distinctive flavor from three types of citrus. Fresh lemon, grapefruit, and blood orange add bright complexity to a sweet, buttery loaf finished with crunchy toasted almonds. Short on time? Take some help from the store and serve the citrus topping over premade pound cake from the bakery section. 

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