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When you get weighed down by the same old ingredients, you only need one simple trick to change things up – lemons! We love using this citrus to bring life to a variety of recipes. A spoonful of juice here or a zest of a rind there, the addition of lemon transforms the flavors completely. Zippy, bright, and bursting with light, fresh flavors, lemons are a simple way to change up any dinner. Here are 6 of our favorite lemon recipes.

Garlic and Lemon Parmesan Broccoli Chicken Skillet

You know what we love about this recipe? This lemon parmesan broccoli chicken skillet tastes amazing, with a cheesy dark sauce that perfectly coats the chicken thighs – which are already full of flavor – and broccoli, so you get a nutrient and protein-packed meal without having to worry about any extras. Buuuut, that’s not all, the bonus here is that this dish looks just as great as it tastes. Apart from ending up with a truly great tasting meal, you’ve also got a dish that presents beautifully, so whether you’re just cooking for the family, or you’ve got a winner of a dinner that you can always count on to be a hit.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Some people will only eat soup once the weather takes a turn for the chilly. I, however, will eat soup any time of year on any type of day. Because, if you’re asking me, soup is a perfect thing. It’s a complete meal in a bowl that’s always utterly comforting… nothing warms the soul like a bowl of soup. And if you’re looking for a bowl that’ll truly do that any time of year, it’s this one. While it’s plenty hearty enough to fill you up, the lemon flavor keeps things bright enough that it’s welcome whatever the weather, and it still manages to feel like a bowl full of comfort.

Lemon Feta Linguine

Pasta is a staple around the dinner table in my home. Whether it’s in spaghetti and meatball form, lasagna form, or baked in a casserole, there’s no denying we love our noodles. I especially love that there are endless ways to serve pasta. Like this Lemon Feta Linguine, for example.

Lemon Turkey Meatball Rice Skillet

I have to say, one of my favorite things about this recipe isn’t just that it all cooks together in one skillet (which definitely puts it high up on my favorites list). What makes this lemony turkey meatball and rice skillet so amazing is the combination of substance and freshness that combine to make one amazing meal. It’s safe to say, this has become one of my favorites for all of these reasons but mainly because it’s good food made simply and well.

Lemon Butter Chicken

Lemon Butter Chicken is a long-standing classic because, for one, the flavors go together so well, and for two, it’s an extremely quick and easy dish. Our version stays mostly true to the traditional but has a little turmeric twist that adds a lovely golden hue and a nice warm flavor to back up the bright lemon. (And good news, it’ll only take you twenty minutes from start to finish!)

Quick Lemon Ricotta Spaghetti

I think that pasta is probably my favorite comfort food out there. You can pair it with a sauce that took all day or one that took just ten minutes and either way, it ends up being a delicious and comforting dish. This particular pasta, Lemon Ricotta Spaghetti, is more of the ‘ten minute’ type of pasta – it’ll take you barely more time than it does to cook the noodles. It’s incredibly quick, and its creamy lemony flavor is one you’ll want to come back to again and again and again.

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