And The Orzo Stole The Show
September 3, 2010 § 2 Comments
In order to avoid the heat and spend more time with my mom, I took the day off from the gym and had a leisurely morning with mom. She headed home before my classes today. It was so nice to have her here! She made yummy meals and kept me company while I adjusted. She’s the best :). Too bad it was 100 degrees pretty much the entire time she was here.
Even though it was hot outside, I still had a hot bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. It’s not that hot at 6:30am! Especially when you are having vanilla cinnamon pumpkin pie spice oats! Whew, that was a mouthful!
In the mix:
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tiny honey bear squeeze
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Blob of Jif
After classes (lovely, air conditioned classes!), I spent some time doing work then started in on dinner. I wanted to avoid using the oven since it becomes overbearing in here. I decided on a veggie burger, steamed green beans and a creamy, parmesan orzo. The verdict? The orzo was, by far, the best thing about my dinner. Thanks Cooking Light and thank you Troy for getting me the cookbook :-).
To make creamy, parmesan orzo, you need:
- 1 cup dry orzo
- 1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
- 1 1/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
- 1 1/4 water
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (or any cheese you like!)
- Fresh basil
- S & P
Heat the tbsp. of butter or olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan and add 1 cup orzo. Stir constantly for about 3 minutes, then add chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until all the liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Add cheese, fresh basil, salt and pepper. Eat and enjoy!! For added texture, you could also add toasted pine nuts. I just didn’t have any on hand.
Now it’s time to get prepared for tomorrow, take a shower (it’s still 85 degrees outside at 8pm!) then hit the hay. Goodnight!
Question of the night: What’s your favorite pasta/rice dish that contains cheese?
It’s ok to name more than one dish since cheese makes everything better :-D.