Outrageous Orange Recipes for Your Family

By Cheryl Tallman

Once considered a delicacy and quite expensive, the orange holds the prominent position of the 3rd most popular fruit in the USA (just in case you are wondering, apples and bananas are in the first and second place).

Age to introduce: Over 12 months. All citrus fruits are recommended for late introduction, because they are known to be high allergens.

Toddler Treat: Orange Julius

Growing up in California brings back many memories of oranges, but one that is particularly vivid is walking down the road to the Orange Julius stand with my brother and sister, and buying an Orange Julius to quench our thirst. There is nothing like the taste of this delicious drink on a hot summer day. This recipe is simple and comes very close to recreating our childhood memories. We hope you enjoy it.


•           1 cup French Vanilla Soy creamer (Silk brand is great)

•           1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (2-4 oranges)

•           6-8 ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve in a cup with a straw.

More orange treats

At the market: Oranges are always picked when they are ripe. Choose ones that are firm, heavy for their size (they will be juiciest). The skin should be smooth. Thin-skinned oranges are juicier than thick-skinned varieties, and small- to medium-sized fruits are sweeter than the largest oranges.

Storage: Oranges keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. But they keep almost as well at room temperature, retaining nearly all of their vitamin content even after two weeks. They will also yield more juice if kept at room temperature.

There’s not much better than fresh squeezed orange to wake up your morning. Get your kids involved by teaching them how to squeeze the oranges — even tiny toddler hands can do it. Here are other ideas for your family to eat more oranges in your meals:

Orange Pancakes: For a nice, fresh, eye- opening flavor, replace half of the liquid needed in your favorite pancake recipe for orange juice.

Orange Zested Muffins: Add 1-2 teaspoons of orange zest to a basic muffin mix. Dried cranberries and almonds taste excellent with orange flavor, so you can’t go wrong by adding a 1/2 a cup of each to the recipe too.

Citrus-y Spinach Salad: Add drained mandarin oranges (buy the kind in juice, not syrup), toasted almonds, chopped hard boiled egg, and thin slices of red onion to a mound of fresh baby spinach. Toss with a poppy seed or sesame ginger vinaigrette dressing.

Mediterranean Salsa: Combine 1 cup of orange sections or mandarin oranges (in juice), ½ cup green or black olives, and ¼  cup of thin sliced red onion with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Serve over fresh grilled fish. Garnish with chopped mint.

Summer is prime time for kabobs! Try making Orange Ginger Teriyaki Kabobs: Add ½ cup of fresh squeezed orange juice and 1 inch of thinly sliced fresh ginger to your favorite teriyaki marinade. Cut an assortment of veggies, tofu and meats into 1-2 inch cubes/chunks and marinate: veggies/fish for 15 minutes and meats/tofu 1-4 hours (or overnight). Slide marinated foods onto the skewers alternating the flavors. Fire up the BBQ. Place the kabobs on the grill and cook until done, about 5-10 minutes. Turn a couple times during cooking and baste frequently with marinade.

Foods that work well for kabobs:

•           Green or Red Pepper

•           Extra firm or baked tofu

•           White or Green Onions

•            Asparagus

•           Whole mushrooms (especially Shitakes!)

•            Zucchini and yellow squash

•            Pineapple

•            Chicken

•           Firm fish (Swordfish, Tuna)

•           Beef

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.