8 More Uses For Your Lemon

 There are many uses for a lemon, with the most common being used in culinary cooking and baking desserts. Oh and not to forget drinking lemon juice with warm water in the morning to get the digestion moving.

There are in fact 8 more uses for that lemon you have in your kitchen. Let’s see what they are.

Your Cutting Board

A combination of Himalayan salt and lemon juice is said to be the top cleaner for your cutting board.

lemon slice on a cutting board After using the board rinse it under running water. Next sprinkle the board with salt, and rub 1/2 a lemon (cut side down) over the surface of the cutting board .

After dubbing the intire surface, let the board sit for about 10-15 minutes, and rinse again with water. The two food items together remove orders, germs, and help prevent stains.

Harden Brown Sugar

What a drag when you go to reach for the brown sugar, and it has harden.

To soften it up, just add the peel of half a lemon to the packaged brown sugar, and allow to sit overnight. The sugar will absorb the moisture of the lemon peel, tuning that harden brown sugar soft and manageable once more.

Wilted Leafy Greens

leafy green lettuceDon’t you just hate it when you want to make a salad, and you find your leafy greens have wilted in you. No worries though.

Just add cold water to a large bowl. Next add the greens and juice from 1/2 a lemon, and place in your refrigerator for about an hour, then dry the greens thoroughly.

Smell Fresh Refrigerator

Who knew a cottonball with a few drops of lemon juice could remove food orders from your refrigerator.

Faucets That Sparkle

Hard water stains on faucets can be removed with a cloth that has been dampened with lemon juice. Just rub the hard water spots until they disappear.

There are still more uses for that lemon, such as for a sore throat. Just add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to 8 ounces of warm water, then gargle and swallow. Lemon juice is so strong that it kills germs and bacteria.

You can even soak your finger nails in lemon juice and warm water for 5 minutes, once a week to remove any stains from your nails.

Lastly, after you have juiced your lemon for the above uses or any way you use your lemon, do not through away the peel. Freeze it.

 Place the peel in a zip-lock baggy and place in the freezer. When making a dish or dessert that calls for lemon zest, and you rich for the lemon, but so sad it’s not there. Don’t fret, the frozen lemon peels to the rescue.

Just grate the frozen peel, and you have fresh lemony zest. You can also do this with lime and orange peels.

What other uses do you have for your lemon, besides cooking and baking?

Melon Berry Fruit Salad with a Mint-Lime Dressing

Melon Berry Fruit Salad

Orgainc WatermelonYou know summer has officially started when you can make yourself a fruit salad with in season fresh fruits.

Thanks to our friends to the south (Mexico) and their sub-tropical weather, we can have watermelon before it is even harvests here in the U.S.A.

Watermelon is  a perfect summer fruit to grow, harvest, and eat as it is a wonderful and juicy hydrating fruit.

Sliced cross section of a seedless organic watermelonAs you sweat on a hot summer day, while at the beach, working in the garden, or just taking an afternoon walk, you lose vital electrolytes, which includes sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, and watermelon is a better chose to re-hydrate, than Gatorade.

Watermelon is all natural, and has the right balance of the electrolytes needed to keep your heart beating, and to replace the water needed to keep you cool.

Our feature fruit salad includes watermelon and here is what you will need to prepare the Melon Berry Fruit Salad with a Mint-Lime Dressing.

1/2 a seedless watermelon

1 cantaloupe

6 ounces raspberries

6 ounces blueberries

6 ounces blackberries

zest and juice of one lime

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 tablespoon water or watermelon juice

1 tablespoon mint leaves, minced

6-10 mint leaves, for garnishing, optional

Mint-Lime Dressing

watermelon juiceUse a melon ball scoop to create bite size pieces of both melons. A the melon to a large bowl. Next add the berries to the melon. Toss gently, so as not to crush the berries.

In a small bowl , combine the zest and lime juice, honey, water, and minced mint leaves. We used the juice of the watermelon in place of water.

Drizzle dressing over mixed fruit salad to coat.

Use the remaining mint leaves to garnish the salad.

Melon Berry Fruit Salad with a Mint-Lime Dressing

 

 

Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Before serving gently mix the fruit again to coat with any juice and dressing that may have gathered at the bottom of the bowl.

 

 

 

 

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Mediterranean Salmon Salad with Olive Dressing

Mediterranean Salmon Salad with Olive Dressing

Over the last three decades or so, Americans have learned to reduce fat in their diet. Some are still struggling, but many have made good head way to eating a whole food clean diet, for better health.

Even though fat has been reduced, we are still not eating enough of the healthy fats, which include omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA or both known as “docosahexaenoic acid” and “eicosapentaenoic acid.” Both are found in fatty fish, like tuna or salmon.

The recommendation of consuming omega-3 fatty acids, is 250 milligrams of DHA and EPA, at least 2 times per week, and 3 ounces at each setting.

Our featured recipe fits the bill, so to speak. The recipe is, Mediterranean Salmon Salad with Olive Dressing, and here is what you will need.

Mediterranean Salmon Salad with Olive Dressing

1 pound tiny new potatoes, halved if large

1 pound French green beans, stem ends trimmed

1/2 cup mixed Mediterranean olives, pitted

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon horseradish mustard

Preparing to bake Salmon - Mediterranean Salmon Salad with Olive Dressing1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons lemon pepper

12 ounce fresh baked salmon, broken into chunks

Lemon wedges

Turn broiler up, sprinkle lemon pepper onto flesh side of salmon.

Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Place fish under broiler and broil for about 8 to 10 minutes or until fish is done, about 160 degrees. Let cool, chunk and set aside.

Place potatoes in a 4-quart pan and add water to cover. Bring to boiling, and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Next add beans and return to boiling.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer another 5 minutes or until potatoes and beans are just tender. Drain well, and set aside.

pitted mixed Mediterranean olives - Mediterranean Salmon Salad with Olive DressingMeanwhile, place 1/2 cup olives, oil, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, and pepper in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.

To serve, plate potato and beans mixture and top with salmon chunks. Drizzle with olive dressing. Garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.

If the dressing is to thick after blending the ingredients together, you can thin it a bit by adding a little more oil, or a little of the brine from the jar of mixed olives.

 

 

 

 

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Red Pear and French Bean Salad

Red Pear and French Bean Salad - plated

Red pears have a high concentration of phytonutrient anthocyanin, which has anti-aging properties. This nutrient also promotes heart health and protects against cancer. Read pears are also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin-C, potassium (not as nutrient dense as a banana), and copper.

Red PearsWe know that vitamin-C is needed for tissue growth, promoting healthy collagen, but we don’t hear enough of what copper is good for.

Copper is not just for hot water pipping in our homes, copper the kind that our bodies can assimilate, is necessary for the production of hemoglobin, and collagen as well.

While basil, found in the dressing of our featured recipe, is also great for skin and hair, fighting against some cancers, it also has that its antioxidants and volatile oils are a great assistance to the immune system.

The leaves of the basil, and oil alike, have antibacterial properties. Applied topically to wounds, basil leaves may eliminate bacterial infections, while enjoying basil in food, it can help combat viral infections, including colds, flu, and herpes.

Talking about basil, here is the recipe that will dress the salad, and it includes basil.

Basil Chickpea Miso Vinaigrette

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons chickpea miso, room tempurature

1 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons lemon zest

juice of half a lemon

Basil ChickPea Miso Vinaigrette

Tear basil leaves without steams, and loosely fill one cup. Place oil, vinegar, miso, basil, garlic and lemon zest (we forgot the lemon zest, my bad) in a small jar. Screw lid on tightly and shack well until smooth, making sure miso is dissolved and mixed in well. Set aside.

Here is what you will need for the Red Pear and French Bean Salad.

2 lbs. French green beans, ends trimmed

4 small, ripe but firm red pears, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise ( seed, but do not peel)

1 cup chopped pecans

Wash beans and trim the ends. Cut beans in half. You can blanch the beans or use them raw. Blanch for about 2 minutes in boiling water. Drain and set aside.

Preparing Red Pear and French Bean Salad

Prepare the pears while the beans are blanching. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a large bowl. Cut pears using a apple slicer, and slice each wedge one time more. Place all pear slices into bowl with lemon juice, and mix to coat pears with juice. Coating them with lemon juice will prevent the pear flesh from oxidizing or turning brown.

Next, place the pecans and basil vinaigrette into a large mixing bowl. Place pears and beans into bowl and toss to mix well, making sure produce is coated well with vinaigrette.

Red Pear and French Bean Salad - in a serving bowlAfter tossing to coat salad, turn into a large serving bowl.

Red Pear and French Bean Salad - platedPlate and serve.

 

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Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade

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This is a very hot 2014 summer. If you found a refreshing drink to cool you down great. But if your still looking we have an idea, Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. Teavana is screaming at the top of their lungs, “Shake up your summer iced tea.” Of course you do that by making fresh lemonade and add one of their green or black tea concoctions. Do not under estimate Teavana, they know how to bring flavor’s together and mix them with tea leaves.

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Did you know green tea has catechins that can trigger adominal fat loss? The antioxidents in green tea can protect against glaucoma and other common eye disease. The catechins in the green tea reduce the harmful oxidative stress in the eye. Green is also said to fight type II diabetes and LDL or bad cholesteral. Green tea also supports healthy skin.

Some of us buy bottled green teas, and energy drinks that contain green tea extracts, but all the above mentioned is really only possible when buy the tea leaves yourself and make the tea at home. Processing doesn’t always hold the integrity of the tea or in other words its full potential of benefits.

Here’s an info-graphic we made and used on our other website –Health News library

Brewed home made green tea more anti oxidents

Now for the featured lemonade: Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. Here is what you will need.

ingredients for Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade

12 teaspoons Blackberry Mojito Green Tea

1 cup lemon juice, from 5 lemons

1/2 cup sugar (optional to use Teavana’s rock sugar)

6 cups fresh water, boiled

used ingredients for Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade

Bring the fresh water to a boil in a large sauce pot. The boil point should reach 175 degrees. turn off heat and add the tea mixture, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain off tea mixture and add tea to a glass serving container. Stir in sugar, and add lemon juice and stir some more.

blackberry mojito loose leaf green tea

Image credit: Teavana

It is also worthy to note, the ingredients found in this tea are all natural. They have been dried and then re-hydrated by the hot water. As the tea is steeping you can smell the blackberries and raspberries as though they were fresh picked. There is also some dried apple in the tea mix.

Because they start with fresh ingredients and the finest tea leaves, the used tea mixture is still eatable. We did eat some, and it was really tasty.

Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade

Once the tea has cooled some, add ice to a tall glass and pour some Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade freshness, and enjoy!!

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Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

 

Orange colored vegetables and fruits have a lot of health benefits. Such as beta-carotene not only good for eye health, but can also delay cognitive aging and protect skin from sun damage.

Beta carotene is a precursor for vitamin A, which is commonly referred to as retinol. Vitamin A is important for night vision, also an antioxidant that can neutralize damaging free radicals in the body.

The old days always taught us that only citrus fruit had vitamin C. But all orange foods are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects against heart disease and helps rebuild collagen in the skin. Also as an added note: Vitamin D is not the only vitamin for bone health and suppport, your collagen also helps make and maintain strong bones.

All the more reason you need to prepare Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad. Here is what you will need.

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2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (1 inch squares)

3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

Salt and pepper

3/4 pound frozen breaded chicken tenders

1 cup Mango Chipotle dressing

1 bunch Tuscan kale, tough stems and ribs removed, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)

½ cup cashews, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

This recipe calls solely for Kale, but as you can see on the cutting board above, we mixed in other greens. Such as some spinach, arugula, white and red cabbage and julienne cut broccoli.

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In a large mixing bowl toss sweet potatoes with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

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On two rimmed baking sheets, arrange diced sweet potatoes on one sheet and frozen breaded chicken strips on the second rimmed baking sheet.
Put in the preheat oven and bake 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through. Let cool to room temperature.

Make the dressing while the chicken and sweet potatoes are baking.

Mango Chipotle Dressing

2 Mangoes, peeled, pitted (about 1 ½ to 2 cups)

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 Chipotle Chili Peppers in adobo, wash peppers and de-seed *

½ cup Olive Oil

¼ cup Vinegar

3 – 4 tbsp. Lemon Juice

2 tbsp. Sugar

¼ tsp. Salt

Place mango flesh, garlic gloves and peppers into a food processor and puree. Next add oil, vinegar, lemon juice and processes until well incorporated, about 1 minute. Add sugar and salt process a few seconds.

Makes about 2 ½ cups

*if too spicy, use only 1 pepper

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After chicken has cooled, chop into pieces.

chopped chicken strips for Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

In a large serving bowl toss potatoes, chicken, and kale with dressing and sprinkle with cashews. Plate and serve.

close up for detail of Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

Here’s another health tidbit….the Kale, broccoli, and spinach are cruciferous vegetables that ward off cancer with only four servings a week. That red cabbage you see there has more vitamin C than an orange and has sulfur as well. Sulfur also helps build beautiful skin.

Have you forgotten what you just read, red cabbage can help you with that. Current research reports that red cabbage increases brain function.

Enjoy your Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad.

 

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Smoked Turkey, Black Bean, Bell Pepper and Corn Salad

Smoked Turkey, Black Bean, Bell Pepper and Corn Salad

This is an easy dinner idea in just 20 minutes. It is one of my “Salad as a Main Course” recipe because of mixing a meat with the leafy greens and other vegetables.

This meal is packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

This salad contains…

.52 g of protein

.13 g of total fat

.73 g of carbohydrates

.3 g of fiber

.41 g of natural sugars

It is low in salt, high in fiber, and cholesterol-free.

All of this in just one cup of what is in this meal: Arugula. The flavor of Arugula is peppery and  pungent. The salad also includes mint, lemon juice, orange bell pepper and all the rest that is in this fast and simple meal idea…you can’t go wrong with preparing and eating it.

Recipe:

Smoked Turkey, Black Bean, Bell Pepper and Corn Salad

3 cups (about 3/4 pound) diced, cooked smoked turkey breast

1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup diced bell peppers (any colors)

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3 cups arugula

Dressing

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (plus leaves for garnish)

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

1/2 cup tomato juice

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon sherry (or balsamic) vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine turkey, beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers and onion in a bowl. Whisk all dressing ingredients in another bowl. Add dressing to turkey mixture and toss to combine. Divide arugula among 4 plates and top with turkey salad.

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