Easy Healthy Recipe Thursday: Vegetarian Orzo Pasta (2 Servings)

This is the first pasta dish I made for “Easy Health Recipe Wednesday and Thursday” and I hope you guys will enjoy.

I chose orzo pasta because orzo pasta contains only one gram of fat per serving.  In addition, orzo pasta contains seven grams of protein per serving and ten percents of daily recommended amount of iron.  

Therefore, this dish is perfect for people who look for healthy, affordable and dinner meal ideas.

Remember, for every dinner dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $5 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

1.5 cups orzo pasta, uncooked ($0.99 CAN)

1 bunch spinach ($1.97 CAN)

0.5 cup cherry tomatoes, halved ($1.00 CAN)

2 tomatoes, chopped ($1.00 CAN)

half yellow pepper, chopped ($0.64 CAN)

1 cup red onions, chopped ($0.48 CAN)

4 teaspoons oregano ($0.20 CAN)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.05 CAN)

salt and pepper to taste ($0.05 CAN)

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1) Boil a pot of water over high heat. Cook pasta in pot until pasta is al dente (about 5 minutes). Set pasta aside when done.

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2) Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.  Add onion and cook until onions are crispy and tender (about 3 minutes).

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3) Add tomatoes to skillet and cook until tomatoes are tender (about 3 minutes).

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4) Add spinach, yellow peppers and cherry tomatoes to skillet.  Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.

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5) Add orzo pasta to skillet and cook until orzo pasta is fully incorporated in the mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve when ready.

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And voila!  This dish is very appetizing because it is very colourful.  Also, the pasta was al dente and everything was cooked perfectly.   I LOVE THIS DISH!!!

Ultimately, this dish costs $7.28 CAN in total, which is around $3.64 CAN per serving.   IT IS TIME TO SHOP AT MY LOCAL SUPERMARKET!!!

Have you eaten orzo pasta before? What do you usually have orzo pasta with? Post your comments below. Till next time!

P.S. The prices were as of Monday, May 5, 2014 at No Frills. 

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