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!

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tiny honey bear squeeze
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Walnuts
  • Blob of Jif

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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 :-).

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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

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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.

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