Recipes and tips from Limoneira

I have always loved lemon. The taste of it reminds me of growing up with my Nana.  The smell of lemon makes me think of clean.  We were recently sent a box of juicy lemons from Limoneira.  I did not realize how many recipes you could make with lemon, so today I get to share a few with you from Limoneira.  Enjoy!  
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Brown Sugar Lemon Mascarpone Muffins
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. cold mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine. Mix in lemon zest. Add mascarpone cheese and mix in with a fork, stirring until crumbly, evenly dispersed and covered in flour. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla extract and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined and wet. Use a ¼ cup measure or ice cream scoop to fill the muffin liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until tops are set and golden. Remove and let cool before serving.

Grilled Chicken Lemon Salad
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup raw sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Chicken: Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and thyme. Pour over chicken breasts in nonreactive bowl (such as stainless steel – NOT aluminum). Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. Heat a charcoal grill and cook chicken for 10 minutes on each side, until just cooked through. Refrigerate and chill. Slice breasts diagonally into 3/8 inch thick slices.

Salad: Toss chicken plus its juices, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar snap peas, red and yellow bell peppers, lemon slices, salt and pepper in a bowl. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

Keeping with the Lemon theme...
Here are a few back to school snack tips:

  1. Citrus & Apple – Apples are a great snack. To prevent them from browning once sliced, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the slices.
  2. Citrus Snack Bars & Bites -  Store bought snack bars can be high in sugar, and low in fiber and other wholesome ingredients. Make your own snacks on the weekends for the week ahead.

No-Bake Cashew Lemon Cookie Bites
  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • a pinch of sea salt
Pulse together until you create a batter. Roll into bites, and store in the fridge or freezer.
  1. Chocolate Dipped Oranges – We all love a little treat after lunch, and chocolate-dipped orange slices are not only full of great antioxidants, but are easy to make in advance and keep stored in the fridge or freezer over the weekend.
  2. Citrus Water – Lemon (or orange) water is a great way to make hydrating just a bit tastier. Keeping a jug of citrus water on hand in the fridge provides a yummy (and healthy) alternative to juices and sodas all week long.
We normally try to keep lemons on hand all the time here. Especially for water (or sweet tea!)  I don't ever really think about cooking with them, but now I need to try and change it up.  Do you cook using lemons at your house?


  1. I love lemon too! These recipes sound so good! I use the peels in apple cider vinegar to clean with, and love my lemon poppyseed muffin recipe.

  2. Oh yes I am all about the muffins. I love lemon too!


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