A busy day, a hubby caught late at work, a run to Costco in the beginning of the holiday hub bub. Once you're home, you're a bit tired to think a balanced dinner. What to make, what to make?
I stared at the fridge, trying to get inspired. I see an overly large container of feta (my favorite) a lonesome zucchini and some tomatoes. Not enough for a stir fry (which would also be somewhat weird with feta in it...), but hey (!), what about combining with orzo? Orzo is a small pasta, that is used a lot in Greek dishes. Yum.
But... here you go, this came together as the salmon baked (yes, I DID buy it ready to go at the Costco pre-made food section)
This one is great for a side dish at dinner one night and then dressed up for lunches too. Tossing the leftovers with a bit of Italian dressing would be a nice past salad lunch. You could throw in some leftover chicken or salmon and it would be tasty too.
3 cups of water (with 1/2 tsp salt)
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 cups dried orzo pasta
1 small zucchini, cut into quarters the long way, then sliced
8-10 grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1/2- 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 greens onions, sliced thinly
Boil the water, add the salt and the orzo. After about 6 minutes, before the pasta is done, throw in the zucchini, crushed garlic and the tomatoes. Cook for about 2 more minutes, Just enough to soften the zucchini a little bit. Drain. Toss with the green onions and the feta while it is still hot. Add a drizzle of olive oil and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve at once, or reheat for lunches. It would be fine at room temperature too.
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