I don’t feel like I actually had much of a weekend. On Saturday I went to an advanced instructor training for Body Pump from 8AM to 7PM. It was amazing but I still feel like my body is broken.
And I had to work yesterday afternoon. By “work,” I mean I showed up to a library to host a meeting that no one came to. Yay! Sitting in a 60 degree room for 2 hours waiting for people to show up is not my idea of Sunday Funday.
Luckily next weekend is a long one. While I don’t have plans to attend any MDW cookouts or fun parties, I AM going to Brew at the Zoo which is a big thing to check off my life bucket list.
If you do have fun social plans, this is the perfect dish to pass. It’s really quick to make, and it’s good hot/cold/room temperature. Plus there isn’t any meat in it so you can let it sit out. It’s always considerate to bring something that won’t result in food poisoning, am I right? I also love this orzo dish and this one. Carb up, friends!
Orzo with Tomato, Basil & Almonds
1 lb orzo pasta
2 pints cherry tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
Rinse the tomatoes and slice all of them in half. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on the stove, and add 2 cloves of minced garlic and the dried oregano. Then add the tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the tomatoes to release some of their juices but still keep a bite. Remove from heat, and add the basil and chopped scallions.
While this is happening, boil the water for the orzo. Add a healthy handful of salt, and cook according to the package directions.
Add the orzo to the tomatoes/basil/scallions. And stir to combine. In a small skillet, briefly toast the almonds until they are golden brown. Pine nuts would also be incredible here but they were $10 compared to $2 for the almonds so I was being economical. You just want a crunch.
Cheese is a natural companion for this dish but I left it out because Kelly was eating it and she doesn’t like cheese.
Before you judge me for hanging out with her, remember that we’re related by blood.
You should definitely add cheese.