Cosmo’s orzo with fire roasted tomatoes and spinach

After my midnight run to the grocery store (that was preceded by me locking my keys in my car while it was on….**shakes my head**) I decided that I shop way too much for someone who doesn’t have anyone else to feed on a regular basis. So my challenge is to make as many meals as I can from what I currently have in my house.  I want to see how long I can go without going to the store again. So my first attempt was tonight. Doesn’t that look tasty? While I was web surfing this weekend, I read about how you can cook orzo like risotto. So, I decided to try my own recipe (keep in mind my ingredients are approximate, since I was winging it…lol):

1 cup of orzo

1/4 cup of  red onion

1 can of fire roasted tomatoes

1/2 cup of frozen shrimp (chopped)–it was all I had in my house…lol

4 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup water

a dash of chili powder

a dash of chili pepper flakes

1 cup frozen spinach (it was originally fresh spinach that I got from edge of the woods , which is a health food market in New Haven)

1. In a warmed up skillet, I added a splash of olive oil and then threw in the minced garlic and onion. I let them cook for about 2 minutes, stirring them so my garlic didn’t burn.

2. Then I added the shrimp and the orzo and then quickly added the 1/2 cup chicken broth.

3. I stirred the orzo in the broth repetitively. It started to stick to the pan, so I added a 1/2 cup water and kept stirring. After  2 minutes, I added the can of fire roasted tomatoes. In addition, I sprinkled some red pepper flakes and a dash of chili powder

4. You will have to continuously stir the  orzo. I turned the pan down to low and then put a top on my pan and stirred every 2 min or so until the orzo was cooked.

YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What kind of DIY recipes do you have?

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One Response to Cosmo’s orzo with fire roasted tomatoes and spinach

  1. Jason says:

    I think I will try this recipe. One of my favorite recipes (to answer the question posed) is called New Orleans Style Chicken and it is delicious.

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/New-Orleans-Style-Chicken

    6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 50 min. Ingredients
    1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
    3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
    2 medium carrots, chopped
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 medium green pepper, chopped
    1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
    2 portobello mushrooms (3 ounces each), chopped
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2-3/4 cups hot water
    1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 package (8 ounces) red beans and rice mix
    1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Hunt’s® Original Diced Tomatoes, drained
    1/3 cup shredded Asiago cheese
    Directions
    In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat until no longer pink; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the carrots, onion and peppers in remaining oil for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; saute 1-2 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
    Stir in the water, beans and rice mix. Return chicken to the pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
    Stir in tomatoes; heat through. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

    Editor’s Note: This recipe was prepared with Zatarain’s New Orleans-style red beans and rice.

    Nutrition Facts: 1-1/3 cups equals 381 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 891 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 30 g protein.

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