It’s always around this time of the year that I consider a variety of options… should I run a lemonade stall..? I wonder if the neighbors would mind if I start donating/throwing lemons over their fence..? Why are lemons so expensive at the shops when people can’t even give them away?
Yep, our lemon tree is bursting & I’m running out of options to use them. In fact, I’m pretty sure 4 extra lemons grow overnight in place of one I picked yesterday.
Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits in the citrus family, limes a close second but that’s for another blog. They contain an abundance of vitamin C and folate so why shouldn’t we consume more of them?
So I do what every other person in the world does… Google. Quick fix, that should do the trick.
Not sure if anyone else has done this, but you are greeted with a whole stack of sugar/ fat laden recipes. Being an MP girl, I’m especially looking for recipes that are ‘Metabolic Friendly’ & not ones that I only have on the odd occasion.
Without the help from the net, I had to make up my own ideas. I guess I’m giving Google a gift if you look at it from a different angle.
Try a few of these at home or pass onto someone else who might be drowning in lemons.
Don’t forget the easiest way of storing juice for future use is in the ice cube trays. Pick them up in the $2 shops & you’ll never run out of supply!
Here are the top 5 ways I like to use my lemons…. #5 is my ultimate favourite so I gave you the entire recipe!
- Lemon & Pepper Chicken Risotto
Include one whole lemon juice & rind to your next chicken & mushroom risotto. Sprinkle cracked pepper as desired & thank me later.
- Lemon Cordial
Juice up 1 lemon & add to 1L of water. Add stevia drops to sweeten if desired. Chill & shake bottle before serving.
- Slow Cooked Beef Stew
If you are doing the good old fashion beef stew in the slow cooker, this is your chance to add a great twist. Just before serving, fold in the rind of 1 lemon & fresh rosemary. Once the heat hits them, they’ll become fragrant & delicious.
- Lemon Yogurt Dressing
Greek yogurt, olive oil, mixed herbs, lemon juice & rind. Mix them together & add to salads, fish or chicken. Best made the night before to enhance flavours.
- Lemon Slice Protein Shake
Everything you can remember in the good ole favourite slice is here in a delicious treat which is high in flavour & protein, but also low in sugar.
Ingredients: 1/2 Lemon –juiced
1tsp Lemon Rind
1tsp Ground Flaxseeds
1/2cup Quick Oats
1scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
100gms Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1tsp Dried Coconut or Essence
150gms Skim Milk
Add all ingredients (except Ice) and blend until smooth. Add ice as required.