It’s beginning to look a lot like ... orange season! Finally, the fruits on our orange tree, which I dutifully water every other night, are beginning to ripen. Since we’re about to have a surplus of oranges on our hands, I’ve started to plan all of the ways we can put this fruit to use. For starters, a pinch of fresh orange zest tastes delicious in these cookies.
For breakfast, Nick and I are all about green smoothies, but considering the orange situation, I spent the weekend experimenting with citrus-based blends. The results were delicious. This combination of oranges, carrots, peaches, banana and ginger tastes like a tangy Creamsicle, but instead of artificial junk, it’s full of vitamins A and C. Another benefit? It’s orange! If you’re freaked out by green drinks—I’m looking at you, Dad—you can sip to your health in another hue.
Orange, Peach, Carrot & Banana Smoothie
1 cup water
2 large oranges, peeled and halved
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 thin slice of fresh ginger
1/2 cup frozen peaches
Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. We recently splurged on an all-powerful Vitamix, which blends this up beautifully, but a regular blender should work, too.
Next up, orange sorbet!