When wife Jan went off to Burning Man I wanted to give her some quick, easy, and filling camp foods. Two conditions were that it would cook in a short time and not produce any waste water—throwing old pasta water onto the playa was strictly forbidden. I had settled on the idea of making “box” dishes—like RiceARoni®. A spice packet, pre-measured and mixed ingredients that you just add water to and simmer. My za’atar orzo was very popular with her camp.
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Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp
My wife Jan has started on the Noom program, and I am adapting recipes to fit the new restrictions. While there is nothing really restricted on this diet, some foods are better than others—you are meant to fill up on “green foods” with some limited “yellow foods” to keep you happy and satisfied. Finally, there are “red foods”—foods like white flour and sugar that are to be severely limited in this diet. She requested orzo shrimp for dinner and I adapted the recipe to be more Noom friendly. The real goal of Noom is to reduce the amount of “red foods”—like butter and to include more “green foods” like vegetables.
Filed under Main Dishes, Pasta, Shrimp
Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man
Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making quick cooking camp meals for her group.
Filed under Pasta, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian
Karl’s Za’atar Orzo
I needed a starch dish to go with my ham steak and coleslaw for a week night dinner. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo—instead of rice. To keep things interesting, I chose to spice it up with za’atar.
Filed under California Fusion, Pasta, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Karl’s Greek Spanakorzo Salad (Spinach and Pasta Salad)
I am making some Greek lemon chicken for a weekday meal. I made Spanakorizo (Greek spinach and rice) as a hot side dish last Easter. Today, I want to use the same flavors to make something lighter. This is more a fresh spinach salad with pasta, not orzo with a bit of spinach.
Filed under California Fusion, Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian
Karl’s Spanakorzo (Greek Spinach and Pasta)
I am making Greek barbecued lamb for Easter and I wanted a Greek starch side dish. Found a recipe for Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach and Rice). While I did not copy the recipe, it gave me the idea for a Greek-style pasta dish with orzo.
Filed under California Fusion, Pasta, Side Dishes, Starches, Vegetarian
Karl’s Avgolemono Soup II (Greek Egg and Lemon Soup)
Jan’s friend needed a soft soup after her oral surgery and Jan’s family is descending upon us. Blended soups are the order of the day. In addition to Ezo Gelin and Maafe, I will be making another soup I have made before, Avgolemono.
Filed under Chicken, Main Dishes, Poultry, Soups, Stews
Karl’s Avgolemono Soup, Greek Egg and Meyer Lemon Soup
Avgolemono soup is a Greek soup that may have its origin in Iberia brought by Sephardic Jews after they were expelled from Spain in 1492. In its simplest form it has only four ingredients: chicken stock, some kind of starch (usually rice or orzo), a souring agent (usually lemon juice, but pomegranate and sour orange juice may also be used) and eggs. While the simple soup may be nice, it would not make a complete meal because it lacks vegtables.
Filed under Chicken, Main Dishes, Poultry, Soups
Karl’s Greek Lemon Pilaf
Adapted from anonymous
Usually when I make Greek lamb I make potatoes. In fact, it is a bit of a rut. To break the mold, I looked for a Greek rice side dish. Finding one that was close on Food.com, I adapted it to my personal style. Jan doesn’t like white rice, so I switched to brown. For my family there are never enough onions. And who can make a Greek dish without garlic and pepper? Most of the other dishes would be heavy on the herbs, so just a little parsley as an accent in flavor and color.
Filed under Side Dishes, Starches
Karl’s Greek Orzo Salad
Adapted from Shaina
1 large tomato, large dice
½ English cucumber, large dice
½ red pepper, large dice
¼ medium red onion, sliced thin
¾ cup kalamata olives
Filed under Salads