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Satsumas, Clementines, Tangerines! Oh, how I jump for joy for these juicy bright orange beauties during these grey winter months when I need sunshine the most! This January, we’re gearing up each week to help your family joyfully think fruits and veggies first when making your meal plans and find easy ways to work their amazing flavor into your favorite weekday meals in a way your kids will love.
We’re starting with citrus, a chef’s flavor friend in the kitchen. Here are a few of my favorite and fun ways to get your kids to love helping in the kitchen with small tasks and my go-to ways to work citrus into those weekday meals.
Fun and easy tips to help kids love citrus
Be a Food Explorer:
- Did you know that the first oranges originated thousands of years ago in Asia? They were so prized that they were once a special gift at Christmas in children’s stockings. Kids love knowing fun facts about the foods they are trying.
YUM it up with actions and vocabulary:
- As kitchen tasks go, I’ve always found that Kids LOVE to help zest citrus, and parents, it’s a great way to get more value and flavor out of your oranges, lemons and limes.
- When you zest your orange, show your child the pith (the white part) that’s bitter. The bright orange skin has a ton of flavor and that’s why we zest the skin but don’t use the bitter pith. Ask them if their nose tickles after sniffing the zest. It’s a powerful, lovely smell!
Two easy ways to work citrus into your meals
Divinely Simple Orange Vinaigrette
Making your own simple homemade vinaigrette could not be easier! With these five simple ingredients, let oranges make your simple lettuce salad squeal with delight bathed in this sweet and savory dressing.
- Ingredients: 2 oranges, 3 teaspoons spicy Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons honey, and 2 teaspoons salt.
- To Make Vinaigrette: zest and juice two oranges. Place in a small pot and turn the heat on high. Allow the juice to boil rapidly to reduce the liquid by ½. Mix reduced orange juice with remaining vinaigrette ingredients; whisk together or shake in a mason jar.
Satsuma Jicama Slaw is perfect for Taco Night
Ditch the chips! This crunchy, bright and happy slaw is perfect next to our favorite Purple Paiche Crunchy Fish Tacos or your favorite taco any night of the week. It’s so fast and easy to prepare, you’ll make it your go-to winter salad.
- Satsuma Mandarin Oranges, 2 medium (or tangerines or clementines)
- Jicama, 1 medium sized
- Radish, 1 bunch
- Limes, 2
- Chili powder, ⅛ teaspoon
- Cilantro, 1 tablespoon
- Take 5 minutes to get out all your ingredients, measuring and cooking equipment needed, and place them on a cookie sheet within easy reach.
- Wash all produce.
- Cut the Satsumas into segments.
- Peel and cut Jicama into matchstick pieces.
- Jicama grows underground, so scrub and wash well before peeling.
- Cut off a piece on one end to make a flat surface.
- Use a knife to peel off all the skin. It is not edible.
- Then cut around the Jicama to form one large square.
- Cut into square planks (square sized pieces).
- Thinly slice into matchstick pieces.
- Cut radishes in halves and then into half moon slices.
- Zest and juice limes and add to the bowl with the satsumas and jicama.
- Pick cilantro leaves off their stems and chop finely for garnish.
- Mix fruit together with the juice of 1 lime and the juice from the satsumas.
- Sprinkle a little chili powder and cilantro on top for color and flavor. Enjoy as a refreshing snack or a great side salad for taco night.
- Cut enough off either end you can see the orange flesh, not the pith.
- On a cutting board, use a paring knife to cut the skin off around all the sides.
- Pick up the orange and hold it over a bowl.
- With your small knife, go between each segment and gently cut them out.
- Let the segments and the juice drop into the bowl.