My Lime Tree is Ready, Help With Some Recipes
I have a little lime tree (18" tall) on my balcony that produces about 7, big, delicious limes a year. The limes are now ripe and ready to pick. Because I can really only make a couple of dishes a year with my fresh limes, I was looking for some suggestions.
What's a nice entree that would really showcase the flavor of limes? Desserts are fine too, but I don't have much of a sweet tooth.
I make a quinoa dish with tons of lime flavor. The lime and spices are to taste, but I like a strong lime flavor, so I usually use about 3-4 medium limes. It makes a ton, so I usually add a bit more lime juice when I eat it cold the next day.
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
chopped cilantro (optional)
Rinse the quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa 'pops' and water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, and mix in all other ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings. The quinoa really absorbs a lot of flavor while it's hot, so you'll prob need more than you think .
I love the tart taste of lime, substitute lime juice for lemon juice in a basic lemon bar recipe (let me know if you need a good one). Make sure you use some zest as well for added taste. These are really good.
I make areally good Chicken lime soup. Just make a very hearty chicken clear chicken stock then add about 4-5 limes (juice only) then I add lean chicken breast cut into strips some canned chopped green chilies and serve with crisp tortilla strips avacado and maybe some crumbled cheese like cheddar. It is so good.