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Spicy Citrus Mussels

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

February Recipe of the Month

Spicy Citrus Mussels

**Health notes: mussels and oysters are known aphrodisiacs. The pine nuts add zinc to improve fertility. Spice from cayenne increases endorphins and promotes euphoria and vitamin C from oranges improves circulation!**


2 strips uncured bacon, chopped

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

¼ white onion, diced

2 ripe plum tomatoes, diced

2 sprigs fresh thyme

6 ounces dry white wine

1 lb mussels, scrubbed and debearded

⅓ cup pine nuts, toasted

⅛ tsp cayenne pepper

1 orange, juiced


Add pine nuts to a small frying pan and cook over low-medium heat until slightly toasted, taking caution not to overheat or burn.

In a dutch oven or skillet, cook bacon until crispy, approximately 3-5 minutes on each side. Add the garlic and onions and cook until translucent, about 1 minute. Add the cayenne pepper, tomatoes, thyme, wine, orange juice, and mussels. Cook covered until the muscles open, 5-7 minutes. Top with pine nuts and serve immediately.


Use gluten-free bread to soak up the sauce.

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