5 easy lockdown recipes packed with vitamin C

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Being stuck at home during the lockdown period can make cooking 3 meals a day quite a challenge. What’s more, finding ways to create healthy balanced meals can get tedious after a while. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamin C, and fruit juice high in vitamin C can give you an extra healthy boost.

These easy recipes from Rhodes Quality 100% fruit juices are all high in vitamin C so you can ensure you’re getting some goodness, with a lot of deliciousness.

ALSO SEE: Dietician-approved tips for lockdown shopping and food preparation

Pineapple and Passion Fruit Smoothie

A perfect refreshing morning start packed with vitamin power.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml Rhodes Quality Pineapple Fruit Juice Blend
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Rhodes Quality Granadilla Pulp
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 125ml (½ cup) plain yoghurt

Method:

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Juice and the Rhodes Quality Granadilla Pulp into a blender.
  2. Add the bananas and the yoghurt.
  3. Blend until smooth and frothy. Serve while chilled.

Pineapple & Passion Smoothie

Apple and Kiwifruit Salad Dressing

This fruity and sweet dressing is perfect to finish off a green salad.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml (½ cup) Rhodes Quality 100% Apple Fruit Juice
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) apple cider vinegar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) water
  • 3 ripe kiwifruits, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • To serve: fresh salad greens, sliced cucumbers, sliced avocado, sliced spring onions

Method:

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Apple juice into a blender along with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Process until smooth and well blended.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Chill until serving.
  5. Mix together all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  6. Pour over the desired amount of dressing.
  7. Toss lightly to mix.

Apple & Kiwi Salad Dressing

Mango Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 200ml Rhodes Quality Cranberry Fruit Juice Blend
  • 65ml (¼ cup) sugar
  • 500ml (2 cups) Rhodes Quality Mango Fruit Juice Blend
  • 250ml (1 cup) Rhodes Quality Pineapple Fruit Juice Blend
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint leaves

Method:

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Cranberry Fruit Juice and the sugar into a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to the heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the cranberry syrup coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Mix together the Rhodes Quality Mango Fruit Juice and the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Fruit Juice.
  5. Add the lemon juice and stir well.
  6. Place the ice into a tall glass. Drizzle in the cranberry syrup to lightly coat the bottom of the glass.
  7. Fill with the mango-pineapple juice.
  8. Serve immediately.

Mango Sunrise

Easy Pancakes with Sweet Orange Sauce

A layered, easy-to-make pancake dessert, filled with fruity bites and cream, and topped with a sweet orange sauce.

Ingredients (for the pancake batter):

  • 250g cake flour
  • 10ml (2 tsp) baking powder
  • 1ml (¼ tsp) salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml (½ cup) sunflower oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vinegar
  • 750ml (3 cups) milk
  • A little sunflower oil for frying

Ingredients (for the orange sauce):

  • 500ml Rhodes Quality 100 % Orange Fruit Juice
  • ¾ cup Rhodes Quality Seville Orange Marmalade
  • ¾ cup orange liqueur (optional)
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup butter, cubed

To serve:

  • 1 x 410g can Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces in Syrup, drained
  • 4 segmented oranges or naartjies
  • Whipped cream

Method (for the pancakes):

  1. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Whisk the eggs, oil, vinegar and milk together.
  3. Slowly whisk the egg mixture into the flour forming a thick, lump-free batter at first, then as more liquid is added, a smooth pourable batter.
  4. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  5. Turn the heat to medium and pour off any excess oil.
  6. Add about 65ml-125ml (¼ cup- ½ cup) of batter to the pan and swirl the pan around so that the batter settles in an even layer.
  7. Cook the pancake for about 2 minutes or until the base is golden before flipping over the pancake and cooking for another minute on the other side.
  8. Transfer the pancake to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

Method (for the orange sauce):

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality 100% Orange Fruit Juice in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the Rhodes Quality Seville Orange Marmalade and heat to boiling point.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until slightly thickened.
  4. Add the liqueur (if using) and the lemon juice.
  5. Increase the heat and bring the mixture back up to just below boiling point.
  6. Remove from heat and add the butter, one cube at a time, mixing each cube in well before adding another.

To serve:

  1. Layer the pancakes in a stack alternating with a layer of the orange or naartjie segments, the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces, and the cream.
  2. Pour the orange syrup over the pancakes and serve.

Easy Pancakes with Sweet Orange Sauce

Apple Juice Granola

A crunchy and delicious granola snack, with a fresh apple pie taste.

*Makes 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 190ml (¾ cup) Rhodes Quality Apple 100% Fruit Juice
  • 750ml (3 cups) oats
  • 100g (1 cup) flaked almonds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon
  • 65ml (¼ cup) brown sugar
  • 1ml (¼ tsp.) salt
  • 45ml (3 Tbsp.) coconut oil

Method:

  1. Measure the oats and flaked almonds into a baking dish and stir well to mix.
  2. Add the cinnamon, sugar and salt and mix together well.
  3. Add the coconut oil to the tray.
  4. Pour the Rhodes Quality Apple 100% Fruit Juice over the oats mixture and stir well until the mixture is wet through and evenly mixed.
  5. Bake the granola in an oven preheated to 160°C for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and stir well to mix.
  7. Continue to bake the granola for a further 25-30 minutes, stirring at 10 minute intervals, until the granola is golden and dry.
  8. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Apple Juice Granola

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