Sunday, January 8, 2017

Orzo, Zucchini, Feta & Tomato- One Pot Side Dish

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.

Serves 6-8

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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