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    Citrus Simplified — citrus recipes

    4 Delicious Recipes Using Kaffir Lime Leaves

    4 Delicious Recipes Using Kaffir Lime Leaves

    Kaffir lime leaves can be cooked in a variety of delicious ways. Read on to learn 4 tasty recipes using kaffir lime leaves.

    Kaffir limes are vibrant, aromatic citrus fruits. It hails from southern China and tropical Southeast Asia. The lime leaves and rind of the fruit are used in cooking and fragrances.

    Also, called the Makrut lime or the Thai lime, the leaves are the most used part of the Kaffir lime plant. They come in the fresh, frozen, or dried variety. You can find kaffir lime leaves at your local grocer, Asian market, or online.

    You can also grow your own lime trees.

    If you've ever wondered how Thai food achieves its signature taste, look no further. Thai lime leaves are a staple in Southern Asian cuisine.

    Keep reading for some delicious way to whip up Kaffir lime leaves.

    Golden Thai Curry with Green Beans

    The sound of this just makes your mouth water. This is a vegetarian dish that can easily be adjusted for your personal tastes. The blend of coconut milk and spices add a flavor depth your tongue will dance for.

    Using fresh ingredients are best for this recipe. Each ingredient will add its own flavor to the pot. You can make this dish as spicy as you want by adding more or fewer chilies. Keep in mind that the coconut milk will mellow out the spice as it simmers.

    Golden Thai Curry with Green Beans

    Spicy Beetroot Coconut Soup with Herb Yogurt

    A nice hearty soup warms you from the inside out during the winter months. Eat this soup with flatbread to have it as a filling meal. The combination of lemongrass, garlic, and beetroot make this dish earthy and citrusy. The addition of coconut milk makes the soup smooth and creamy. The black pepper helps to bring all the unique flavors out.

    The herb yogurt stands out in this dish. The tang of the minty yogurt mixture contrasts deliciously with the mellow soup. To make this a completely plant-based dish, use any variety of plain vegan yogurt. 

    Spicy Beetroot Coconut Soup with Herb Yogurt

    Scones with Coconut Cream and Peppercorn Jam

    It would simply be insensitive to all the pastries out there if we did not add something sweet. If you love to bake and are wondering what you can do with Thai lime leaves, say no more.

    These scones are a great brunch option. The peppered jam dances between sweet, savory, and tangy with a ballerina's ease. This recipe is simple and straightforward. Paired with a black coffee, you're bound to feel sophisticated.

    This recipe calls for pink peppercorns. They have a milder taste than the black ones. Substitute green peppercorns if you have trouble finding them.

    Scones with Coconut Cream and Peppercorn Jam

    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with Kaffir Lime Leaves

    Herbs are staples when comes to preparing grilled chicken. This recipe calls for ginger, garlic, and turmeric. Where it gets interesting is with the addition of Thai lime leaves, cajun spices, and honey. These combinations are sure to leave your family wanting more.

    Serve this over white rice or season your rice with a little coconut milk, onion powder, and salt.

    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with Kaffir Lime Leaves

    Thai, Makrut, Kaffir, Delicious

    Whatever name they go by, kaffir lime leaves liven up any dish. Also, these citrus fruits and their leaves offer incredible health benefits including stress relief and lower risk of stroke. Thai limes are also believed to kill lice and are often included in shampoos.

    Check out our citrus trees to start growing your own green gold today.

    Top 5 Citrus Fruit Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day

    citrus fruit recipes

    There's a lot you can do with citrus fruits. Read on to learn the top five citrus recipes to brighten up your day.

    There are so many fruits and vegetables which are healthy for us to eat, but they don't always taste good. Many people focus on eating fruit due to their fiber, vitamins, and minerals just to name a few.

    While most people indulge in bananas, strawberries, grapes, and apples, citrus fruits provide more health benefits despite their tart flavors and textures. If you want to start eating more citrus fruit but aren't sure how to incorporate them into your diet, look no further.

    We've come up with the top 5 citrus recipes. These citrus fruit recipes work great as snacks, on-the-go meals, or even as a dessert. Check them out below and get your citrus on!

    1. Candied Grapefruit Peel

    Candied grapefruit peels are one of the simplest snacks to make and certainly one of the tastiest. All you'll need is 2 large grapefruits (either pink or red) and 1 cup of sugar.

    Cut the peel off the grapefruit into 3/8 inch strips. Make sure to leave 1/4 inch of the white pith attached. Place the peels in a saucepan and cover them in cold water.

    Once the water comes to a boil, drain the peels. Repeat this process twice.

    Next, you'll add another 1/2 cup water and the sugar in the same saucepan as the peels. Once this comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the peels are translucent. This should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

    Drain the peels and move them to a wire rack to dry and cool - this should take 2-4 hours. Once dry, toss the peels in more sugar and enjoy!

    2. Orange and Ginger Brownie Cookies

    These cookies are perfect for an after-dinner snack, especially around the holidays. While they do involve a few ingredients and a little bit of work, they're completely worth the effort. With the perfect combination of citrus fruit, chocolate brownie, and ginger, your mouth and stomach will thank you.

    3. Kale and Citrus Salad

    Salads are already pretty healthy, so it's the obvious choice to add a bit of citrus into your diet. This kale and citrus salad provides a yummy, nutritional meal while also not being too much work. What more can you ask for?

    All you need is:

    • 4 large oranges, peeled and supremed (keep the trimmings for later)
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 8-10 kale (baby or matured, stemmed)
    • 2-3 medium shallots (toasted, peeled, and thinly sliced)
    • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese (soaked in cold water for 10 minutes)
    • 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, hulled

    Make the dressing by squeezing the orange trimmings into a large bowl to get 1/4 cup of juice. Then, add the salt, pepper (to taste,) and honey to the juice. Whisk in the olive oil.

    To make the salad, toss the kale, shallots, supremed orange segments, and pumpkin seeds together. Add the dressing and toss again. Finish up by seasoning with salt and pepper, and adding small dollops of ricotta cheese.

    4. Blood Orange Chia Pudding

    Yogurt is a standard go-to as a snack or quick fix throughout the day. Why not add some citrus fruit to make it even better?

    All you'll need is 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon orange-flower water, 2 blood oranges, 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice, a pinch of salt (kosher), 1/4 cup chia seeds, 2 tablespoons honey (plus more for serving), and chopped pistachios (for serving).

    Begin by whisking the yogurt, orange-flower water, blood orange juice, salt, and honey together. Whisk in the chia seeds; cover the bowl and chill for at least eight hours, but no longer than a day.

    While that chills, segment the blood oranges.  Stir the yogurt mixture and divide evenly in small bowls. Layer with orange segments and top it off with chopped pistachios and a drizzle of honey.

    5. Lemon-Garlic Cream Fettucine

    While quick snacks and easy lunches are good ways to incorporate citrus fruits, sometimes you need a hearty meal. That's where this lemon-garlic cream fettuccine comes in.

    It's the perfect meal to eat on cold nights and gives you all the ingredients you could need in a perfect meal.

    Healthy Citrus Recipes For a Brighter Day

    Not everyone enjoys plain citrus fruits which is why we've compiled this list of the perfect citrus recipes. From candied grapefruit peels to a hearty lemon-garlic cream fettuccine, you have the perfect recipe for any meal.

    Want to learn more about citrus fruit, citrus trees, and the like? Check out our blog where we have an assortment of articles answering your questions, and more!