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LEMON BAKED TILAPIA

3 medium lemons, divided
4 (1 lb total) tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp hot sauce
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, divided

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil.  Slice 2 of the lemons into 8 rounds (total).  Arrange in 4 rows, 2 per row.  Place 1 fillet atop each row allowing the lemons to act as a bed for the fish.

In a small bowl combine the thyme, salt, and pepper; sprinkle evenly over the fillets.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish are opague in the center.

While the fish bake, grate 2 teaspoons of peel from the remaining lemon and place into a small bowl with the butter, hot sauce, and half the fresh chopped parsley.  Stir mixture until blended.

To serve the fish, top each fillet with the butter mixture and sprinkle with the remaining fresh parsley.

Serve atop lemon slices, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: Approximately 137 calories, 4 g (2  g sat) fat, 23 g protein, 2 g carbs, 56 mg cholesterol, 1 g dietary fiber

Note: File photo of this recipe.

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