Posts from February, 2021

Meyer Lemons

Meyer Lemons are a culinary favorite of mine …with their deep yellow hue and fragrant flavor they taste as good as they smell. Rumored to be a cross between a lemon and an orange, this zesty citrus is typically available December through April.

So what makes these different from a standard lemon? Well,  Meyer’s have “thin skin,” are highly aromatic, and have a sweeter taste than standard lemons. Their delicate flavor works great in cocktails, desserts, and savory dishes, too!

I like to thinly slice them and roast alongside chicken or pork. The slices become tender and caramelized and are so tasty.

The zest of their peel is fragrant and delicious too, especially when tossed with orzo pasta, a little olive oil and some fresh herbs or in dressings, such as in my recipe for Spinach & Apple Salad with Warm Meyer Lemon-Bacon Vinaigrette.

So wake up your taste buds with this citrusy delight. Get squeezing before the seasons over! –Kathy

Spinach & Apple Salad with Warm Meyer Lemon–Bacon Vinaigrette
This salad is delicious as a starter or entrée. I also love it topped with crumbled blue cheese.

Makes 6 servings as a starter salad

6 cups baby spinach
1 apple, cored and cut into thin slices
1/2 cup thinly sliced white onion

Vinaigrette
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed Sunkist meyer lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
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1/4 cup finely diced raw bacon
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

Place spinach, apple and onion in a large, heat-proof bowl and refrigerate until ready to dress salad.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, sugar, pepper, salt  and olive oil. Set vinaigrette aside.

In a small nonstick pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until three-quarters done, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, but do not brown garlic. Add the reserved vinaigrette to the hot pan. Immediately remove from heat and pour over reserved spinach mixture.

Toss until salad is well coated with dressing, and serve immediately.

Recipe and Photo © Kathy Casey Food Studios.

Posted by Kathy on February 23rd, 2021  |  Comments Off on Meyer Lemons |  Posted in Uncategorized

Cauliflower

Have you ever heard the phrase, “my little chou-chou?” It’s a French term of endearment meaning “my little cauliflower.” How cute is that!

Cauliflower hasn’t always had a beloved reputation, but these past couple of years it’s become the IT veggie – and that’s just fine by me!

Cauliflower is rich with anti-inflammatory nutrients and vitamin K. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin C and very low in calories. Gotta love that!

Traditionally white in color, you might be surprised to know that it can be found in brilliant lime green, orange, and purple, too! And it’s so versatile. It can be boiled, steamed, roasted, pickled, or simply eaten raw. I love it shaved into salads, and roasted then tossed with pesto or fresh herbs and lemon zest, and if you have any zatar hanging around that is super tasty sprinkled on it.

Cauliflower has also found its way into the convenience sector. You can now get it “riced” at the store, which is d’lish to turn into carb-free fried rice, or Cumin Scented Cauliflower Rice. Speaking of side dishes it’s also so great to make into a keto whipped cauliflower, as a potato alternative. 

So grab some cauliflower and see for yourself – eating healthy really can be delicious!  –Kathy

Cumin Scented Cauliflower Rice
I love this recipe as a carb-free side dish served hot or cold. Try sprinkling it over a green salad for big added flavor and texture.

Makes about 3 cups

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seed
Pinch red chili flakes
1/2 cup minced onion
1 (14-16 oz) package fresh riced cauliflower
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 large lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (or substitute with chopped parsley or cilantro)

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seed, chili flakes and onion; then cook, stirring until the onion is slightly tender, about 1 minute. Add the cauliflower and garlic, cook stirring occasionally until the cauliflower is just tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the reserved lemon juice, zest, salt and green onions.

Recipe and Photo © Kathy Casey Food Studios.

Posted by Kathy on February 16th, 2021  |  Comments Off on Cauliflower |  Posted in Uncategorized

Slow Cooker Comfort

After a busy winter day there is nothing better than coming home to a delicious, ready-to-eat meal.

When gloomy weather has you feeling a little down, a warm and hearty meal can be so comforting. You can do all the prep in the morning – simply “Set it and forget it!”

Slow cookers are wonderful way to utilize tougher cuts of big-flavored meat. Think juicy brisket, flavorful chili, spicy chicken thighs, or a delicious lamb curry.

And crock pots aren’t just for entrees either. I also love to slow cook up a batch of overnight oats with brown sugar, orange zest, and dried fruits. Top it with some Greek yogurt, or coconut milk. Perfect to start off a lazy Sunday morning slipper day!

And the best part about these cozy meals? They make incredible leftovers!  So turn on your crock pot and let deliciousness simmer away! –Kathy

Slow-Cooker Citrus Maple Oatmeal
Be sure to use steel cut oats for this preparation. Serve with some fun toppings, like fresh blueberries or sliced bananas—and brown sugar for those who like their oats a touch sweeter.

Makes enough for 6 servings

3 Sunkist® Cara Cara Oranges, juiced
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together orange juice, water, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Generously spray inside of a 3-4 quart slow-cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add oats and then pour in liquid mixture; stir. Set cooker to low heat and cook for 7-8 hours.

Recipe and Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios for Sunkist.

Posted by Kathy on February 9th, 2021  |  Comments Off on Slow Cooker Comfort |  Posted in Uncategorized

Juicing for Joy

As you walk the isle of the grocery store these days, there are rows and rows of juices. So, what is the big deal about all this juicy juice? Well it is an easy and d’lish way to get your recommended fruits and vegetables, and not to mention all the vitamins.

So what to do? Got the bucks to buy a bottle? Ok, great.  Or should you buy a home juicer? If you love juice and juicing then yes, go for it; it’s worth the splurge.

What you juice can have a lot of amazing health benefits. Here’s a favorite blend of mine:

We’ll start with beets. In addition to being sweet and oh-so-pretty, they are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Next, I add a little celery for its touch of natural salt, bright flavor, and it’s a natural diuretic.

Then we bring it home with a slice of fresh ginger, apple and a touch of lemon juice. Yum!

Oh and did I mention that this is fantastic as a mixer for a cocktail too! Yes that’s right, the juicing trend is moving into Happy Hour. I have included one of my favorite juice blends below that incorporates hydrating coconut water – excellent as a little juice shot! –Kathy

Beet It
Makes about  2 1/2 cups juice – depending on the juiciness of your produce (about 4 servings)

1 – 2 medium beets
1 large green apple
1 pear
1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed
3 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1-inch chunk fresh ginger
1/2 cup coconut water

Juice the beet, apple pear and strawberries. Then add the lemon juice and coconut water.

Chill and enjoy!

Recipe and Photo © Kathy Casey Food Studios.

Posted by Kathy on February 2nd, 2021  |  Comments Off on Juicing for Joy |  Posted in Uncategorized
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