10 Surprising Things to Do with Lemons

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When life hands you lemons, forget the lemonade! This face-scrunching favorite belongs in snack mixes, steaks, and shakes, to name a few. Join us in our citrus celebration.

Lemons, Reimagined

Lovely lemons add zest to chicken, tang up milkshakes, and improve cheese dip. Rediscover the oft-overlooked citrus as it makes a case to be part of tonight's dinner.

#1: Pair Lemon and Chicken

Lemons do all the legwork in this 30-minute dinner. The flashy citrus brightens skillet chicken breasts and show up -- edible peel and all -- in the final presentation.

#2: Add to Snack Mix

Always-feisty lemon makes a statement among chips, cereal, walnuts, and seeds. The other flavorings (hello, ranch mix) play sidekick to the star citrus.

#3: Whirl into a Shake

It's a lemon trifecta in this refreshing shake. Include lemonade in vanilla ice cream, then swipe the glass rims with a lemon before crowning them with crushed lemon drops.

#4: Use the Juice in a Steak Dinner

Steak has met its match! Vibrant lemon peel and lemon juice go to work on the hearty protein, adding brightness to an oft-heavy dish. (PS: Don't skip the DIY lemon butter on this one!)

#5: Make into a Jelly

Grape jelly is so yesterday. It's lemon's turn as your new favorite bread topper. Sweeten it up with sugar and honey for a lip-smacking morning.

#6: Shred the Peel into Mashed Potatoes

The next time you do the mashed potato, kick in some lemon peel. The dish isn't guest-ready until you've topped with freshly squeezed lemon juice. 

#7: Improve Pasta Sauce

So-fresh, so-easy lemons are one of five ingredients in your new favorite pasta dish.

#8: Add to a Bread Recipe

Whoa there -- a little lemon goes a long way! Calm the temptation to shred, shred, shred lemon peel into the batter. It takes just 2 tablespoons of peel and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to bake this beauty.

#9: Sear in a Side Dish

No squeezing or peeling allowed -- use the lemon in all its yellow-skin glory to turn a green side dish into a masterpiece.

#10: Make into a Syrup for Sweet Potatoes

Tame the sweet of sweet potatoes with a zap of lemon juice syrup. Ooh la la -- this is one for the recipe box.

Bonus Recipe: Add Zip to Cheese Dip

Lemons join the appetizer course! Cream cheese and ricotta play nice with the peel in a peppy cracker-dunking dip.

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