Learn to love your lemons
The trick to a light and flavorful dish is just a splash of citrus. Often tart and sometimes sweet, citrus flavors add a punch of flavor without any added fat, calories, or cholesterol. Use these lemon-, lime-, or orange-infused recipes for a tangy take on dinner (and dessert!).
Grilled Lemon Chicken With Fresh Parsley Sauce
Grilled chicken by itself is boring! But add this parsley sauce to make a savory chicken dinner. Vitamin C–rich parsley, lemon, and a dash of oil and vinegar make a creamy sauce with a pesto-like consistency. This dish weighs in at less than 200 calories, so serve it with a mixed greens salad and roasted new potatoes.
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Orange-Glazed Carrots and Onions
This low-fat side uses orange marmalade to accentuate the sweetness of the carrots while downplaying the acidity of the onions. The result is a sweet, yet somewhat tangy, veggie recipe that goes perfectly with a main pork dish. Plus one serving of this dish knocks out your daily recommended amount of vitamin A.
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Lime-Glazed Angel Food Cake
Add a little sugar to citrus flavors and you get a delicious treat. This glaze combines sugar, lime, and coconut flakes for a sinful-tasting topping to angel food cake. You can use a store-bought cake or . Top with mango to accentuate the citrus glaze and pack in some extra vitamin C.
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Orange Pork With Sauteed Leeks
The orange-pork combination is nothing new, but this lean take is completely diet-friendly. Dijon mustard and red pepper add a zesty flavor to the orange juice concentrate. Bell peppers bring plenty of beta carotene to the savory pork, which will keep you satisfied for hours.
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Green Beans With Citrus Vinaigrette
Loaded with vitamin K, which protects against osteoporosis, green beans are a favorite side dish. Forget fatty green-bean casserole and swap the sodium-laden cream of mushroom soup for this light vinaigrette. Serve with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and the citrus flavors will come alive.
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Linguine With Sauteed Shrimp and Coconut-Lime Sauce
This meal in a bowl is both savory and sweet. Light coconut milk brings a sweet flavor, while soy sauce and ginger add a spicy kick. Combine it with just the right amount of lime juice and you have delicious dinner for less than 500 calories. And, as a health bonus, this dish packs 20% of your daily dose of fiber and almost 30% of your daily iron.
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