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Tasty all year-round

Citrus recipes are usually thought of as summer treats, but did you know that grapefruit are actually in their peak season during the winter months? You can still get all the benefits of fresh citrus - free-radical fighting nutrients, vitamin C, vitamin A - without waiting for summer. Are you resolving to get healthy in the new year? Fortunately, you've got the option of grabbing fresh grapefruit at your local grocer and getting on the right track. Here are a few recipes that incorporate grapefruit so you can up your intake each day.

Florida grapefruit and jerk-grilled chicken with arugula salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Chicken:
4 (6oz.) boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon jerk marinade

Sauce:
1 tbsp. minced garlic
Non-stick cooking spray
2 cups no-sodium chicken broth
Juice of 2 Florida grapefruit (about 16 oz. of juice)
1 tbsp. cilantro finely chopped

Salad:
2 cups arugula
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Florida grapefruit (peeled, segmented and coarsely chopped)
2 papaya (peeled, seeded and diced)
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
16 grape tomatoes sliced in half (lengthwise)
4 fresh 1/4 inch pineapple rings

Directions:
Place chicken breasts and jerk marinade in large zip-top bag, seal and refrigerate for one hour. Remove chicken from zip-top bag and place on hot grill. Grill chicken breast until thoroughly cooked, about 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, sauté garlic with non-stick cooking spray, then add chicken stock and 100% grapefruit juice. Bring to a boil, lower temperature to medium low and reduce to syrup. Add cilantro. Stir well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine arugula, olive oil, chopped grapefruit and pepper together. Toss the ingredients to coat arugula. Add tomatoes and papaya.
Place one pineapple ring on the center of 4 dinner size plates. Top each ring with one grilled chicken breast. Divide salad into 4 equal parts and place on the grilled chicken breast. Drizzle plates with sauce.

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