If you know anything about me, you know I'm not much of a cook. I leave that part of the house duties to the other half, but I'm trying to do better. As a vegetarian living with a meatatarian, I'm always looking for savory recipes that will disguise the fact that the dish is sans meat. Also, with crazy schedules, it's important that any recipe I try is quick. Last night I cooked this super easy and flavorful dish. Note: the original recipe calls for Parmesan cheese which I decided to forgo to save some calories. Needless to say it was still very delicious!
Orzo with Spinach and Pine Nuts
Prep: 4 minutes Cook: 18 minutes
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon margarine (melted) *May substitue for something a little more low fat
1 3/4 cups water
3/4 uncooked orzo
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup tightly chopped fresh spinach (use frozen if you're strapped for time)
Optional: 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Spread pine nuts in a small skillet. Cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring often. Set aside.
- Saute garlic in margarine in a saucepan over medium heat 1 minute. Add water, orzo and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in spinach, cheese (optional) and pine nuts and serve hot.
Yield: 2 servings
Calories: (with cheese) 385
Fat: (with cheese) 16.7 g
*Taken from "Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook"
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