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Orzo with Grilled Vegetables

I doubt anyone in attendance at our July 4th cookout would challenge the claim that I ate my weight in grilled corn, hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad.  Those competitive eaters had nothing on me this past weekend.  As always, a feeling of guilt washed over me the next day and the only way to feel better was to eat light for the next few meals, so I skipped the meat aisle at the grocery store and went right to the produce section.  So today I bring you a great recipe that is both healthy and satisfying.  Orzo with grilled vegetables is a great meat-free recipe that can be served as either the main meal or as a side.  If you had a gluttonous weekend like me, get back in the gym, stop by the produce stand on the way home and let’s go veggie for a night.

Ingredients:

2 cups of Orzo pasta

2 Zucchini squash

1 Package of asparagus

1 package of baby bella mushrooms (whole)

1 lemon

Olive Oil

Parmesan cheese (feta works as well)

Kosher salt

Fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the orzo according to the package to al dente (in other words, not mushy, with a little “bite” left in the pasta).  Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the grill to medium high.
  3. Cut off the ends of the asparagus (not the leafy looking part, the other end!) and then slice the zucchini into long slices about 1/4 – 1/8 inch thick for easy grilling.
  4. Place the zucchini and asparagus in a bowl and toss with Olive Oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Place the baby bella mushrooms on a skewer, brush with Olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Move all of the veggies to the the grill and grill over medium-high heat, turning often until you have some nice grill marks.  The asparagus and zucchini should only take about 2 – 3 minutes per side, longer if you like them really soft.
  7. Remove the vegetables from the grill and place on a cutting board, allow to cool slightly.
  8. Slice all of the vegetables into bite-sized pieces, as small as you care to go and then add the vegetable to the bowl of orzo.
  9. Add the zest of one half lemon and a half cup of the Parmesan cheese (more to taste if you like) to the bowl of orzo and grilled vegetables and toss well to coat.

2 Responses

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Joe

10-22-2010

Could also serve with a big hunk of salmon or chicken etc…..

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Feliciano

02-03-2012

Just sttared reading. This blog is fantastic. It would be great if there was some sort of search function though; seeing all of the fajita or taco meals you've put together would be fantastic. Keep up the good work!

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