Sunkist(R) lemons freshen up Lenten foods

    Keep your pledges but don't deny your taste buds...
    Fresh lemons can add pizazz to otherwise plain Lenten meals

    SHERMAN OAKS, CA, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Creative cooking is at its finest
during the forty days of Lent when millions around the world fast and give up
their favourite foods in preparation for Easter. Supplies of fresh Sunkist
lemons are high during the season providing flavour and favour for traditional
meatless meals as well as helping followers keep pledged commitments.
    "Cooking with fresh lemons is a natural and simple way of enhancing the
flavour and nutritional value of traditional Lenten dishes," said Jill Davie,
celebrity chef. "Mother Nature provides a healthy harvest of ripe and juicy
lemons at this time of year so I encourage everyone to take advantage of them
this season. Whether it's a squeeze or a zest, a touch of lemon can benefit
your food and body."

    Lemons Liven Up the Lenten Meal Line-up

    Adding tart and tangy lemons to a recipe gives fish and pasta dishes,
soups and salads and even beverages greater taste without breaking Lenten
dietary guidelines. There are hundreds of lemon-based recipes, ranging from
main courses to soups, perfect for Lent available on Meyer
lemons may also be used. See recipe below for Sunkist Lemon Swordfish Kabobs
which are quick and easy to prepare.

    Lemons Help Keep Lenten Promises

    Bursting with flavour, adding lemons to their diet can help followers
keep Lent
    -  Cutting back on coffee? Canning colas and other sources of caffeine?
       Start drinking herbal teas, club soda, or water as a replacement and
       use a lemon to flavour.

    -  Deep-sixing salt? Squeeze lemon for extra flavour.

    -  Giving up chocolate? Discover the sweet goodness of lemon blueberry
       muffins or lemon pudding.

    -  Passing on dessert and hoping to shed unhealthy pounds? Drinking fresh
       lemon juice can be helpful in losing weight.

    -  Pledging to be more thoughtful about the environment? Lemons are a
       great natural cleaner and disinfectant without harsh chemicals.

    Recipe: Sunkist(R) Lemon Swordfish Kabobs

      -  1 cup freshly squeezed Sunkist lemon juice
      -  2 tsp. Sunkist fresh lemon peel, finely grated
      -  1/4 cup capers with juice
      -  1/2 cup olive oil
      -  4 tsp. garlic, minced
      -  1 1/2 lbs. swordfish, cut in 1" cubes (1 ounce each)
      -  24 pieces red bell peppers, cut in 1" pieces
      -  24 pieces marinated artichoke hearts
      -  8 metal skewers, 8"
      -  to taste salt and pepper

    To make one portion:

      -  Combine Sunkist freshly squeezed lemon juice, Sunkist fresh lemon
         peel, capers with juice, olive oil and garlic in large zip-top bag
         or plastic container with lid.

      -  Add swordfish, bell peppers, and artichoke hearts to marinade. Seal
         and marinate refrigerated for 2 hours.

      -  When ready to prepare kabobs, drain marinade and discard. Thread
         each skewer with 3 pieces bell pepper, swordfish and artichokes,
         alternating the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. (Note:
         wooden skewers may be substituted. Soak in water for 15 minutes
         before threading to keep them from burning during cooking.)

      -  Grill or broil for 10 - 15 minutes until done. Ready to serve.

      -  Serving Suggestions: Serve with rice and fresh green beans.

      -  Option: Make a Sunkist Lemon Caper Butter to serve with the kabobs.
         Combine 1/2 cup warm melted butter, 1/4 cup Sunkist freshly squeezed
         lemon juice, 4 teaspoons Sunkist fresh lemon peel (finely grated)
         and 2 tablespoons caper - serve on the side.

    Makes 4 servings

    About Sunkist Growers, Inc.

    The Sunkist brand was first used in 1907 to promote and unify an emerging
fruit cooperative formed by independent growers (known previously as the
Southern California Fruit Exchange and later as the California Fruit Growers
Exchange). By 1908, the "Sunkist" name had captured the organization's
interest and was adopted as trademark to appear on boxes of premium quality
fruit. This legacy is honoured today, over 100 years later, by the California
and Arizona growers, most of whom are small family farmers, who now own
Sunkist Growers.

    Steadfast to its commitment to provide quality fresh fruit, Sunkist is
one of the world's oldest and largest citrus marketing cooperatives, packing
millions of cartons of fruit each year.

    Stretching its presence beyond the produce aisle, the Sunkist brand has
licensed its name to more than 600 products - ranging from vitamins to
beverages - in 50 different countries. For more information about Sunkist,

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