The warm weather and summer months have us all reaching for lighter and more refreshing foods to get a taste of that sunshine! One of the best ways that you can add a little sunshine to your meals is by cooking with citrus. Citrus fruits include grapefruits, oranges, limes, and of course the most popular ingredient to cook with, lemons. Although citrus is a great addition to any seasonal dish, citrus has endless health benefits and flavour benefits, which will enhance your summertime meals.
Benefits of Cooking with Citrus
Citrus fruits are absolutely packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that contribute to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Citrus fruits are a great way to give your immune system a much-needed boost with all of that Vitamin C. Many people of course recognize citrus for being high in Vitamin C, but citrus is also high in potassium and dietary fibre. Citrus fruits like lemons for example, are also known for being great antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties. There is a reason why we love to clean with citrus! It is incredibly effective when it comes to flushing out toxins. The same goes for our bodies as well! Citrus will keep our digestive track clean and free of any inflammation.
Tips for Cooking with Citrus
There are many different ways to incorporate citrus into your cooking. You can brighten up many simple dishes like chicken, seafood or vegetarian meatless options in three easy ways. You can zest the citrus peels for a burst of fresh, zesty flavour. You can also incorporate citrus juices into your cooking (lemon juice is a particular favourite of ours here at eFresh!). Lemon juice makes a great addition to salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. You can even squeeze lemon over top of a finished meal for added freshness. And lastly, nothing says summer like firing up the grill! You can grill your citrus slices until you see those classic grill marks. All three ways will give you all of the great health benefits of citrus and give your summertime meals a burst of flavour!
If you want to start adding a little summertime sunshine into your meals, without having to do all of the planning and preparing yourself, check out our weekly meal plan and menu today! Spend your summers enjoying the beautiful weather and we will take care of the cooking! We have quite a few meals available with citrus that we prepare and delivered fresh to your doorstep. All you have to do is order