For The Love of Lemon

February 23, 2015
by vicki

For The Love Of Lemon! #joyofmom

 For The Love of Lemon

Lemons are a magical gift from the Earth. Found in almost every kitchen across the world, they are rich in nutrients and healing properties. Lemons are alkalizing for the body, packed with vitamin C and antibacterial properties, benefit the liver, and so much more.

They smell amazing, look beautiful in a bowl for a table’s centerpiece, and can even give your hair highlights. We love cooking with lemons, and use them multiple times a week when preparing dinner. Squeeze their delicious juice over steamed vegetables, fish, or chicken breast for a refreshing alternative to sauces and rubs.

Recently we have been experimenting with our beloved lemons and have created a few recipes that we know you’ll love to try. Spring is quickly approaching, and these refreshing recipes are sure to delight.

A Refreshing Lemon, Cucumber & Basil Lemonade
Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 2 organic cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Natural Stevia to taste, about

Directions:

  • Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water together and pour over basil. Add Stevia to taste.
  • Place the cucumber slices in a blender or food processor, blend until mashed into a pulp. Pour the pulp into a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to catch the liquid, and allow to sit until you collect about 1/2 cups of cucumber juice, about 15 minutes.
  • Combine cucumber juice with the lemonade, mix together, chill and serve over ice.

*Tip for Stevia: Use 1/4 tsp for every 1/2 cup of granulated sugar you’d use.

 

A Light Lemon & Herb Quinoa
Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp crumbled rosemary
  • 2 tbsp fresh organic lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 chopped organic cilantro
  • 1/8 cup chopped organic red bell pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh organic lemon rind

Directions:

  • Place the quinoa in a large bowl
  • Fill with cold water
  • Drain into a strainer, rinse the quinoa a second time, and drain it four more times
  • Over medium-high heat, heat the oil in a saucepan
  • Add the rinsed quinoa and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes, or until making popping noises
  • Stir in the 2 cups of water, oregano, thyme, and rosemary
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Stir in the parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, lemon rind, red bell pepper, and black pepper
  • Simmer, covered, 5 minutes longer
  • Fluff with fork and serve

 

Tart & Yummy Lemon Mint Sorbet
Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon peel, washed and finely diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup carbonated mineral water
  • A handful of chopped and muddled mint leaves {or to personal taste}
  • 6 strips of lemon zest for topping garnish

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, stir together diced lemon peel, mint water and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • In a pitcher or bowl, stir together the completed lemon syrup with peel and mint, lemon juice and mineral water. Pour into an ice cream maker, freeze (according to maker’s instructions). Garnish each service with the twisted lemon peel.
  • If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can freeze it in a tall canister. Freeze for 1 1/2 hours. Remove after 90 minutes and stir with a whisk. Return to freezer and stir about once every hour for 4 hours. The more times you stir, the more air will be incorporated, resulting in a lighter sorbet.

Lemon is not only delicious and refreshing, it has other surprising uses too. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours to remove odors, cut in half and rub all over cutting boards to refresh them, dab on liver spots or freckles to lighten, blot on blemishes for clear skin, add 1 cup lemon juice to laundry washing too boost detergent, and so much more! A lemon a day keeps the chemical products away.

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