Here are a few ways it's come in handy:
- Squeeze into drinks. Tea is the obvious one here, but it's also great for water bottles.
- Brighten up leftovers. Some dishes aren't better the next day. If your soup or pasta has lost a bit of freshness, a little lemon can go a long way.
- Dress a salad. Don't bother with transporting dressing from home. If you keep olive oil on hand, some fresh lemon juice is all you need.
- Make a meal on the fly. Remember our tips for turning a single vegetable into a whole meal? A lemon can be a big help with that. For instance, instead of making a sandwich in the morning, grab a couple slices of bread, an avocado and a lemon. Toast the bread, spread on the avocado and top with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Lunch is ready.
Originally published January 26, 2010.