My daughter and I went for girl’s night out last week and she ordered chicken fingers and french fries with a side salad but only ate the salad because the rest was “just junk food Mommy.” She’s five years old. I should be more like her.
Spinach and Orzo Salad with Peppers
|8 ounces orzo (pasta that looks like fat rice)||5 ounces (half a bag) of fresh spinach|
|1/4 cup feta, crumbled||1/4 red onion, chopped|
|1/3 cup pine nuts||3 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers|
|1/4 teaspoon dried basil||dash of pepper|
|1/4 cup olive oil||1/4 cup balsamic vinegar|
Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking process so the orzo doesn’t become a large mushy lump. Put orzo in bowl and add spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, roasted red pepper, basil and white pepper. Whisk the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a bowl and pour just enough on salad to dampen the spinach leaves. Toss – if it seems too dry add a little more dressing and toss again.
And now, to be more like my daughter I’m going to jog to throw in a load of laundry, then jog to make the bed, then jog to brush my teeth, then jog to…you get the idea.