Wake Up Your Food!
Want to know Rachael's number one tip for the kitchen? Keep a big ol' bowl of lemons around at all times. A little lemon zest or juice brings everything right to life, and can even help correct oversalting and other "off" tastes.
Chicken soup: Zest a lemon over the pot or your bowl to bring your chicken soup to life and give it great aroma. Add a squirt or two of lemon juice (a couple of teaspoons) to your bowl right before serving to wake it up even more. Don't put lemon juice into the pot of soup though, it will end up making the soup really bitter as it sits. (When zesting any fruit, just take the color, not the white part (the pith) which is very bitter.)
Beef stew: "You wouldn't think about this but it's fantastic!" says Rachael. A little bit of lemon zest and parsley sprinkled on top makes it just jump right out of the bowl. It also helps to bring the zest out of the root veggies, and makes the dish more aromatic and the taste more vibrant.
Lemon pepper chicken: This is a very figure-friendly, quick and easy dinner. With added citrus for flavor, you wind up using a lot less sodium in your diet.
Rice: Make white rice with toasted almonds, add a little bit of lemon zest for extra zing and serve with stir-fried veggies over the top. You can use orange and lemon zest, or just orange for an alternative.
Roasted rosemary potatoes: Want yours to taste different than your neighbor's? Hit 'em with a little lemon zest! People will be asking, "What is in these potatoes?!"
Over pasta: Fry up a little garlic in olive oil with some red pepper flakes. Add lemon juice and zest when you're about to serve it up. Yum-O!
Not only do lemons make your food taste great, they're good for you too!
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