Friday, April 11, 2008

Greek Orzo

I made this for dinner tonight, and enjoyed it immensely.  I love how all the flavors blended together. This is pretty healthy too- I just wish I could find whole wheat orzo somewhere. When I was eating this, I thought that it could use a little more tomatoes and cucumbers. It was still wonderful though. And, you might want to use more or less salt. I love this served at room temp, but it's good cold too.

I made this in my Polish Pottery serving bowl, but ate my serving(s) out of my Italian Olive bowl. I feel so special with all my bowls.

Greek Orzo
by What a Dish!

1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 1/2 cups marinated artichoke hearts- reserve marinade
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 cucumber, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus 1 TBS for garnish
1 (2 ounce) can chopped black olives, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup artichoke marinade
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons extra-virgen olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

2. Drain and chop artichoke hearts, reserving liquid.

3. In large bowl combine pasta, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta, and olives. In a small bowl, mix parsley, basil, lemon juice, extra-virgen olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, lemon pepper and salt. Toss, and garnish with feta. Serve, or chill in refrigerator.
My kids weren't really into this, because of the raw onions. I understand; I was the same way until about 2 years ago!  They (the older two) requested a smoothie.  They love smoothies!  So they had smoothies and goldfish (crackers) for dinner.  (My husband works late a few days a week- this being one of them. Dinner is always interesting on those nights. ;)  Sometimes it's popcorn!  This makes it fun for both me and the kids. Don't judge me.

I've been making smoothies for about 7 years or so... actually I can't remember!  I've made a ton of different ones. Most are quite delicious, and some are .... interesting!  Tonight's was delicious, and very simple too.  Here is the recipe- although I must admit I didn't measure anything, so I'm just guessing here.  Usually I use a little more yogurt.  Feel free to do your own thing, as well!  Using frozen fruit and yogurt gives it a great, slushy/creamy texture.

Strawberry-Peach Smoothie
by What a Dish!

2 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen peaches
2/3 cup orange juice
4 ounces cherry yogurt

1.  Place frozen fruit in your blender, and place the yogurt on top. Pour the orange juice over top, and let sit at room temp for about 10 minutes (so the fruit thaws out a tiny bit, making it easier to blend). Blend; stopping every few seconds, or as needed, to stir and push fruit around. Blend until everything is incorporated and smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 2 or 3.


Anonymous said...

Yes! Beautiful salad! I make a similar orzo, Dishy, and people love it. I never put feta in mine though, hmmm. I'm stealing this, OK? - Edlear

LadyJayPee said...

The recipes sound absolutely deLISH & the photography is fab, Dishy!

Anonymous said...

Your food looks divine but I REALLY have bowl envy ;)

HoneyB said...

Dish, this looks delish! I have never had orzo before myself. Maybe I better broaden my horizons! LOVE the photo of Justy! What a little camera ham! :D

LadyJayPee said...

Dishy, I made your orzo recipe last night. I had some orzo on hand, but was able to find ww organic orzo at our food co-op; so it's out there! It was very good. Thanks!

What A Dish! said...

JPee- I'm jealous of your food co-op and the ww orzo!! I need to get to Whole Foods or something. It's only 2.5 hours away!

I'm glad you tried it and liked it. ;)

Creating Myself said...

Love teh smoothie photo Dish...very artsy!