Limes are a basic ingredient in many delicious recipes, particularly in Asian cuisine. It isn't hard to see why, when they freshen up the taste buds and are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. They can help boost your immunity, reduce heart disease, prevent kidney stones, aid iron absorption and promote healthy skin. With so many benefits, it is an ingredient that we should all be using in our everyday cooking.
Here are 5 easy recipes to slide into your weekday recipes, without buying too many ingredients and going to too much effort. Now that's my kind of cooking!
Prawn Marinade Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon of caster sugar, 1 Tablespoon of lime juice and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. Aioli: 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 garlic clove (crushed), 1/2 teaspoon lime rind (finely grated) and 1 Tablespoon lime juice.
Marinate 500g green prawns in the marinade for 2 hours then cook on the BBQ until orange and slightly browned. Combine the aioli ingredients and serve on the side. Serve with salad.
2/ Lime & Chilli Chicken Salad Bowl
Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally. Marinade: 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1/3 cup of lime juice, 2 cloves garlic (crushed), 2 Tablespoons coriander (chopped), 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes. Salad and rice of your choice (I use Sunrice Brown Rice & Quinoa).
Place the chicken and marinade ingredients into a shallow dish and marinate for at least a few hours (or overnight for more intense flavours). Cook on the BBQ and then slice into strips. Add to a bowl of your favourite salad ingredients and rice and then add a drizzle of olive oil.
Ingredients: 1 and 1/3 cups of wholemeal self-raising flour (sifted), 1 cup desiccated coconut, 3/4 cup caster sugar, 150g margarine (melted), 3 eggs, 4 limes (juiced to make 1/2 cup juice), 1 teaspoon lime rind (finely grated) and 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In a bowl, combine self-raising flour, caster sugar, baking powder and coconut. In a separate bowl, combine the margarine, eggs, lime juice and rind. Pour into dry mixture and combine. Spoon into cupcake cases in a muffin tray and cook for 20 minutes. Optional: Top with coconut icing made from icing sugar, water and coconut.
4/ Lime & Coconut Snack Balls
Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted cashews, 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1/2 a lime), 1 teaspoon lime zest.
Place the cashews in the food processor first to blitz. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz until a ball forms. Roll into balls and extra coconut, if desired.
Ingredients: 1/2 a lime (sliced), small handful fresh mint leaves (torn) and 2 litres cold water.
Combine all together in a jug and leave overnight to infuse. I personally have a glass first thing in the morning, and then pour more into a water bottle for after exercise or for a refreshing work drink. Drink in the one day, before the flavour becomes bitter.
At the time of writing, limes cost approximately 65 cents each to buy from the supermarket. Although small in size and in cost, they pack a punch in flavour. Of course, if you don't have limes, you can use lime juice from a bottle, but the flavour will be more subdued. So why not hit your taste buds with some zing and add limes to your recipes this week!
Lime & Mint Detox Water - a refreshing way to start the day