Orzo & Wild Rice Pilaf

Orzo & Wild Rice Pilaf (11) WM

What a thought to mix orzo and wild rice!  It’s a pretty good combo.  Add sun dried tomato pesto, kalamata olives, feta cheese and toasted pine nuts and it’s amazing!

  • 1 cup wild rice & water (or chicken broth) per package instructions
  •  1/2 cup orzo pasta & water per package instructions
  • coconut oil (or other high-heat oil)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives
  • Sun dried tomato pesto
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Bulgarian feta (if you can find it, if not regular feta)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

1) Cook the wild rice according to the package directions.  It usually takes close to an hour to make in my rice cooker, so plan accordingly.

2) After the wild rice has started to cook, boil about 1.5 cups of water for the orzo.  Add the orzo once the water has boiled and cook on medium heat until cooked through (it’s pasta, so it should be al dente).

3) When the wild rice and orzo have finished cooking combine and fluff in a large bowl.

4) Heat up a small skillet and toast the pine nuts – be sure not to burn them.

5) Use the skillet from toasting the pine nuts and add a bit of oil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and add the crushed garlic.  Saute for a minute until it is golden brown, be sure to not burn it.

6) Stir the sauteed garlic into the wild rice and orzo mixture; scoop out about 2-3 tablespoons of the sun dried tomato pesto and stir until combined.

7) Add a bit of salt and pepper (to taste) and kalamata olives to the wild rice, orzo, garlic and olive oil salad.  Stir to combine.

8) Scoop out the wild rice and orzo pilaf onto individual plates and sprinkle the toasted pine nuts and feta cheese over the tops.

 

Orzo & Wild Rice Pilaf (16) WM

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Sauteed Zucchini

Sauteed Zucchini  (36) WM

Zucchini is pretty dang good.  I love sauteing the veggie, and this recipe added a little extra something to my normal olive oil, salt & pepper “recipe”.  My husband thought there were too many capers, I thought the amount was perfect – so I would use a little to start and then add some more if needed.

 

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serves 4

time: about 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

3 zucchini, cut into thick-ish round slices

olive oil

3 garlic gloves, smashed

small handful of mint leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon capers, chopped

pine nuts, lightly toasted

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

salt

pepper

feta or goat cheese

 

Directions:

1) Slice the zucchini into thick-ish rounds.

2) Heat a skillet on medium-high heat; drizzle in some olive oil. When the pan/oil is hot place the zucchini in the pan in one layer.  Continue cooking the zucchini until both sides are brown and the zucchini is soft.

3) Meanwhile, chop the rest of the ingredients and brown the pine nuts lightly.

4) Remove the cooked zucchini from the skillet, add in the chopped veggies & browned pine nuts, drizzle in a bit of balsamic vinegar, add salt & pepper to taste.  Stir to coat the  zucchini. Sprinkle the feta or goat cheese on top.  Serve immediately.

 

Sauteed Zucchini  (20) WM

 

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Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken

Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken (29) WM

This dish had the perfect amount of citrus – it made me wonder why I never make dishes with orange in them.  I don’t like orange marmalade on it’s own, like in a sandwich, but man oh man is it good in this dish!  And, if you add arugula, tangerines and pine nuts to any dish you have a winner!  In the summer I also aim to have “summer” dinners and this one sure hit the mark!  It was light, fresh, super tasty and refreshing!

Serves 4

Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken

1/2 cup wheat beer
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons orange marmalade
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 – 2  pounds mix of boneless chicken thighs and drumsticks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Orange Arugula Salad

handful of baby arugula
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
canned tangerines
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeeze orange juice
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken (16) WM

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2) Combine the first 1/4 cup beer plus the orange juice, orange marmalade, and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk until the mixture comes to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

3) Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.  Add the salt & pepper seasoned chicken to the hot skillet, browning on both sides (about 5 minutes per side).  After both sides are brown add the beer mixture to the skillet and use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Pour in the remaining 1/4 cup of beer scraping off any stuck bits off the pan; stir in the beer & orange marmalade mixture and turn off the heat.

4) Place the chicken in the oven uncovered basting the chicken with the glaze in the bottom of the pan every 5 minutes and bake for about 20 minutes / until the chicken is cooked through.

5) Whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper until combined.  Toast the pine nuts.

6) Place a handful of arugula, tangerines, red onion and one chicken breast on each plate.   Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle a few toasted pine nuts on top.

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Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken (6) WM

 

Pasta Rosa Verta

Pasta Rosa Verde (1) WM

This was a really simple meal to make, and took maybe about half an hour to make.  I really need to get better at timing how long my meals take so that I can tell you.  I really liked the flavors of the standard diced tomato sauce with the arugula, pine nuts and blue cheese – I will certainly be making this dish again!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  If you make it let me know what you think – I love comments!

Pasta Rosa Verde (15) WM

serves 4

Ingredients

1 box penne pasta

4 hot Italian sausage links

olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

3 cups arugula, watercress, or spinach (I used arugula)

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese

Directions

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain and cover to keep warm.

2. Boil the sausage links for about 12 minutes, drain the water and slice into bite sized pieces.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. throw in the the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is tender.  Stir in the canned tomatoes, salt, pepper, and red pepper, add more to taste.  Add the cooked sliced Italian sausage.  Continue to cook for about 5 minutes.

4. While the tomato & sausage mixture is heating, toast the pine nuts until lightly browned.

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5. Mix in the arugula, watercress, or spinach into the tomato & sausage mixture and heat until just wilted.

6. Spoon the pasta onto individual dishes and top with the tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and crumbled cheese.

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