What’s Cookin? Fresh Fare Friday May 25: Orzo Paella

What is Fresh Fare Friday? By the end of the week, I’m usually craving something light, a little on the healthier side, and easy to prepare. I’ll try to pick out my favorite recipes, featuring fewer ingredients, fresh from the market. Not strictly vegetarian, but leaning that way.

Oh, and enjoy!


3/4 pound large frozen shrimp, cleaned, shelled, and thawed, tails on
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 pound whole wheat orzo
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
2-4 cooked chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks, plus sauce (left over from Mediterranean Chicken)
1/4 cup roasted red pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place first 4 ingredients and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large zip-top bag.
2. In a medium pot, bring chicken broth and 2 cups water to a boil. Add turmeric and orzo; boil for 6 minutes. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of cooking liquid. Place frozen peas in the broth and let sit.
3. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large ovenproof saute pan. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes; flip halfway through. Add chicken thighs and sauce; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add drained orzo to pan. Pour peas and reserved liquid over orzo and stir. Lay red pepper strips on top. Bake for 10 minutes. Top with parsley and serve.

Source: Fitness Magazine

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