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So what do you do when you made WAY too much orzo for your orzo, chicken sausage, and kale receipe?
You make it delicious in a whole new way!
This happens to be one of my favorite meals and it is so simple!
- Nuts (Pine nuts, soy nuts, etc)
- Olive Oil
And here comes the tricky part.
Cut up a tomato, cut up the olives, throw in with the orzo and add a little olive oil.
Add nuts when you are ready to eat.
And that ladies and gentles is deliciousness in about 2 minutes. Literally I put this together right before I was walking out the door to go to work. I used soy nuts because pine nuts are so expensive and my husband and I cannot figure out how 2 people spend the amount we do on groceries anyway so the pine nut purchase would have thrown him over the edge. I also wait to throw them in until I am ready to eat because I prefer the “crunch” but I think the pine nuts or some other actual nuts would hold up better than the soy nuts do.
Just a personal preference.
What is your favorite thing to make with orzo?! And what do you pair it with?!
I don’t know about all of you but I don’t think kale looks very appetizing. I tried to juice it some time ago and quickly realized that the kale juicing trend just wasn’t for me. It was the smell of the kale that turned me off… or maybe it was the green juice?
In any case it just didn’t work me.
But I’m no fool and it has been obvious to me that kale is the new super food and anything considered a super food is worth trying. So after I had a very successful round of kale and orzo soup I wanted to figure out how I could do more.
So I looked in my fridge.
And to no surprise I found one of my favorite things… CHICKEN SAUSAGE! Further investigation of the fridge and pantry were successful when I found orzo and chicken broth and there it was. Staring at me. Daring me to eat it.
I love Google. Google has solved countless problems for me over the course of its life and I have no doubt it will continue to serve me in only the best way possible. So I simple typed into that wonderful Google search bar “chicken sausage, orzo, and kale” and THIS recipe popped up.
Gosh Google- I love you.
But I hate following recipes. Measuring just isn’t my thing. So I typically take recipe ideas and concepts and just make it my own. Sometimes I spice it up. Sometimes I make it.
So here is the recipe (u’ll notice I use some different measurement terms- for example why measure in cups for kale when they come in stalks?)
- 3 pieces low fat chicken sausage (I used Italian flavor)
- 1-2 orzo (I made the mistake of using the entire 1lb the recipe linked recommended and well I think that was an error because I will be eating Orzo for the rest of my life)
- 4 stalks kale
- 2 big tomatoes
- ½ cup chicken broth
- Few shakes Red pepper flakes
- 1tsp Minced garlic
- ½ cup cheese (I used Parmesan but use whatever you would like)
And it was simple. Cooked sausage on George Foreman first. Cut up in chunks. Boiled the orzo for about 4 minutes and then transferred over to the chicken broth to soak up that goodness which was another 10 minutes or so. While that was going on I was sauteing garlic and red pepper flakes on the stove with some olive oil and then threw in the sausage kale and tomatoes. The original recipe said cherry tomatoes and I didn’t have those so I used big tomatoes and didn’t have to wait for them to “burst” so I think that was a win for me.
Eventually, throw it all together.
Add in your cheese.
Eat. Love. Sleep.
Nothing like some delicious meals to make you happy right?! Here are some of my food updates and a few recipes as well!
Bison Steak and a side of veggies! My mom loves to shop at White Feather Meats where she gets all sort of goodies… when I stayed for dinner the other night we cooked up the bison steaks and made some veggies on the side! We cooked up squash, zucchini, and mushrooms! I love making the side of these veggies… I just like to sauté them a bit in a pan until they are a little soft but still a little crunchy… makes for a delicious side dish. I also like putting some red paper flakes in it as well to spice it up a bit!
As I am sure you have guessed by now, Tim and I love chicken! So we made some grilled chicken on the George Forman (which we love to do) and just put some spices in there! I also love green beans so I try to put them with as many dishes as I can and well Tim loves some cheesy shells so we had some of those too! On the right side of the picture Tim was serving up some Tilapia that night. We love the frozen Tilapia from Sam’s Club and it is so easy to pop in the oven for 25 minutes! Both easy dinner that don’t take long to make and that offer up all sort of delicious and healthy treats!
CHICKEN SAUSAGE! Ahhh I just love it! And I also discovered these Garden Select Vegetable Chips. Now, I won’t pretend for even a second that these are good for you but they are certainly are a better alterative to potato chips. So I prepared Tim some chicken sausage and veggies with the veggie chips on the side. Now, I served Tim’s dinner in a bun but if I can help it I try to opt out of those parts of dinner. I just feel like they are carbs my body doesn’t need or want.
I feel like I have been eating at my parents a lot! Last week we made some tasty herbed mustard chicken. Originally my mom was just going to put the chicken on the George but since she had all the ingredients I decided to mix up some mustard chicken. WE had some mixed greens on the side and strawberries for a little sweet treats on the side. Those greens on the side were pretty serious!
We started out with some wheat grass which cooks down to a very management texture. We then added in peppers and all sort of goodies. It turned out to be very filling and I found myself not wanting anything more after this… satisfying for sure. I think one of the best parts was all of the many textures this meal had… it’s interesting but something should be said for giving your mouth a little fun… allowing all the textures and flavors in one meal make it that much more satisfying.
I love a good salad! This one consisted of lettuce, green olives, and some Morning Star Chicken Patties (which are not really chicken at all but taste just like they are)! So I cooked up those pseudo chicken patties and put it on top of a nice bed of lettuce! I also find these are so much better than lunch because the lettuce and everything just seems more fresh.
I also try to get some spinach in my diet where I can and I have found that I actually really like hard boiled eggs! So (again another night at my parents) we had a nice side of a lot of spinach and some peppers, onions, and a whole lot of vitamins and nutrients.
So there are some food updates for you! Enjoy!!