In a world where dishes get reinvented as quickly as smartphones, lemon seems to be an understated ingredient. We all love some good Cajun fries or Sriracha barbecue, but neither can quite beat the versatility of the lemon. Emphasis on “versatility”—because in this article, we are giving you three ideas to incorporate lemon into your dishes.
Lemon-Chia Seed Rolls
Cinnamon rolls for breakfast? Been there, had that. But sticky lemon-chia seed rolls are something else—they’re almost breakfast infused with all the good things about summer. Fruity and flaky, you basically take your dough recipe and go through the same process of making, rolling, and cutting it as you would for traditional cinnamon rolls. Adding chia seed is optional, but will definitely give texture to the rolls—simply fold it in the dough mixture before you leave it to rise and roll it out. Then, spread a sugary lemon filling flecked with nutmeg over the dough before rolling it.
Ricotta will give a creamier, fuller flavor to a pasta dish—lemon, on the other hand, lightens it up and adds zing. To put that in other words, lemon-ricotta combinations lend balance to a dish; it’s perfect for anybody who doesn’t want anything too complicated, but at the same time, wouldn’t want to sit down to a boring dish. Cook pasta as instructed, and then, combine olive oil, ricotta, and lemon zest in another bowl. Toss together. Throw in rotisserie chicken for a more complete meal.
Lemon-garlic has been tried and tested tandem—basic, but always appetizing. Seafood like shrimp (instead of the usual chicken) imparts a seaside vibe to the dish. Plus, this dish is a unique blend of smooth and firm texture. First, cook the shrimp in butter (or olive oil if you prefer). Add minced garlic, let cook, and then add freshly-squeezed juice and zest from lemon, and salt and pepper to taste.