Recipes With Color: Pink Champagne

By: Marissa Bell
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Food Stylist: Anne Disrude Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Anne Disrude Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Andrew McCaul

Andrew McCaul

Ringing in the new year is a color that is both fresh and luscious. On HGTV’s Color of the Month blog, January’s hue has stirred up mixed reactions in the design world, but for food enthusiasts it’s a vital hue from our food rainbow. We see it in immunity-boosting foods like citrus and salmon. The hero this month is a shade called Pink Champagne and it’s here to rescue us from nagging colds in the form of grapefruit.

For me, this happy color is an escape from winter. Growing up, my aunt used to send baskets of oranges and grapefruits from Florida every winter. Savoring a slice of grapefruit this time of year always brings back warm memories for me. In lieu of this year’s shipment, I have been stocking up on bags of Florida pink grapefruits from the store and eating one every day. Why carve out half a grapefruit when you can enjoy the whole thing?

When it’s cold and frosty outside, I welcome an afternoon snack of grapefruit wedges. One bite of this super-juicy fruit and I’m immediately transported somewhere exotic. To get right to the flesh, I don’t worry about a knife and spoon for cutting and scooping — I just peel it like an orange. I also like it as a sweet and tangy topper for salads, which is something we are all trying to eat more of to meet our healthy New Year’s resolutions. You can even make it the highlight of a meal with Bobby Flay’s Grapefruit-Mint Salad. A bit of honey cuts the tartness of the fruit, while the mint adds zing. Plus, we get an extra pat on the back for getting our vitamin C and doing it with color.

I’m excited about all the color possibilities this year and focusing on following the rainbow as a guide to eating healthy, fresh foods.

Which colors do you want to eat more of this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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