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Oct 28, 2008 11:20 AM

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.


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  1. 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
    chili powder
    salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
    lime juice
    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 .

    1. I make a honey-lime marinade--equal parts lime juice to honey-- for chicken. Bake the chicken, then garnish with lime slices. The chicken is nice on its own, but also works well with a pasta salad with vinaigrette.

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      1. re: hippiechickinsing

        I make something like that with chicken breasts. In the spring, I used rosemary branches to skewer the chunks of chicken and then broiled it. Looked so pretty on the plate.. and different too.

      2. Actually, making both of these sounds fantastic. Thanks to you both for the help!

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: Analisas mom

              Wow, this sounds really great. Thanks!