Bright and juicy oranges add a ray of sunshine to frosty winter days.
•Enjoy the versatility of everyone’s favorite citrus fruit.
It’s citrus time, and fresh oranges are stacked in abundance in markets everywhere. Looking for the best juicing orange? Try a Valencia, a variety that’s very sweet with low acidity. The common navel orange, hardier and slightly more bitter than a Valencia, is a good choice for peeling and eating. But don’t stop there...
Orange Yogurt Dressing
Honey brings a hint of sweetness to this creamy, dreamy citrus salad dressing. The orange flavor is a wonderful complement to fresh spinach. It’s also terrific served over lettuce or fruit. —Beverly Florence, Midwest City, OK Prep: 10 min. + chilling • Makes: 2/3 cup 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt 2 Tbsp. orange juice 2 tsp. honey 1 tsp. grated orange zest 1/4 tsp. salt
Dash white pepper In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
2 Tbsp.: 57 cal., 4g fat (1g sat. fat), 4mg chol., 220mg sod., 5g carb. (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g pro. Diabetic exchanges: 1 fat.
California Avocado Salad
Spread a little sunshine with this easy salad. Just four ingredients drizzled with Orange Yogurt Dressing and you have a light lunch, or a pretty side to serve with dinner. —James Schend, TOH Deputy Editor Takes: 20 min. • Makes: 8 servings 3 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned 2 medium avocados, peeled and sliced 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary Orange Yogurt Dressing (left) Arrange oranges and avocados on a platter; sprinkle with pine nuts and rosemary. Drizzle dressing over salad. Serve immediately.
1/2 cup: 135 cal., 11g fat (1g sat. fat), 3mg chol., 129mg sod., 10g carb.
(5g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g pro.
Diabetic exchanges: 2 fat, ¹ ₂ fruit.
Cinnamon-orange Honey Butter
This is such a delicious butter spread for afternoon tea or with a dessert bread. Simply mix it up and get ready for the compliments. —Mary Bates, Cleveland, OH Takes: 5 min. • Makes: 3/4 cup 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup honey
1 to 2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
1 Tbsp.: 89 cal., 8g fat (5g sat. fat), 20mg chol., 77mg sod., 6g carb. (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 pro.