Orzo, Arugula and Tomato Salad

Orzo, Arugula and Tomato Salad (8) WM

I love salad, and I like interesting salads.  This one combines arugula (though I’m sure it would be just as yummy with spinach!), orzo pasta, goat (or feta) cheese and tomatoes.  Super simple and full of flavor – how can you go wrong!??

 

serves: about 6

time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

baby arugula

1/2 cup dry orzo, cooked

tomatoes (I used cherry), sliced

goat or feta cheese

5 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

salt

pepper

 

Directions:

1. Boil the dry orzo according to package directions.  After it has cooked let it cool.

2. Wash and chop the tomatoes.  Wash the baby arugula

3. Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper (to taste) together in a large bowl.  Throw in the baby arugula, cooked & cooled orzo, cut tomatoes and a handful or so of goat or feta cheese (the amount of cheese is to taste).

4. Gently stir the salad to combine all ingredients, serve immediately.

 

 

Orzo, Arugula and Tomato Salad (5) WM

Slow Cooker BBQ Black Beans

slow cooker BBQ beans (1) WM

BBQ’d black beans sounded kind of weird, but we went with the recipe and they actually turned out really well!  We will make these again!  They were a hit at our BBQ!

slow cooker BBQ beans (4) WM

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: 2 – 2.5 hours

serves: a lot!  reduce the amount of beans if you want less

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans black beans in their liquid
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook the bacon until crisp, then remove excess grease on a paper towel.  Break into small bite-sized pieces.  Set aside half.

2. Add all ingredients into a crock pot, stir.

3. Cook on high for 2 – 2.5 hours.  When serving add a little bit of the reserved bacon pieces onto each bowl.

slow cooker BBQ beans (2) WM