Wednesday, June 29

Summery Squash and Orzo Salad

Earlier this year, a girlfriend and I were discussing our "bachelor foods".  The foods we eat when we're cooking for one.  Those meal choices that present you with the foodie version of a tree in the woods dilemma:  "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" 

If I eat an entire box of Kraft Mac n' Cheese but no one is there to witness it, did it really happen?

Her bachelor foods included frozen waffles.  Mine now includes frozen waffles too (thanks Mel!) but also turkey tacos and new recipes that I'm not sure I could convince Roy to try, like brussels sprouts.  Oh and the occasional box of Kraft Mac n' Cheese.  Or a stack of Oreos.  Don't judge.

This recipe is one of my favorite "single" meals although to be honest, it's so good I'm not sure why I haven't made it for the Royfriend yet.  It's very fresh and filling and I love that I can easily make a single serving of it.

Should you decide to try this, remember these words very carefully: do not skip the herbs.  I've made it both ways and the herbs add another layer of flavor that you don't want to miss.  That being said, you can use feta and goat cheese interchangably.  I added a side salad and a crusty roll with lots of butter because it was a bachelor meal and if no one saw me dipping chunks of hot bread into lots of butter, than it didn't happen, right???  Right ;)

Happy Eating!


Summery Squash and Orzo Salad
Serves 1, double recipe to serve more

1/2 cup zucchini, roughly chopped
1/2 cup yellow squash, roughly chopped
1/4 cup scallions, roughly chopped
Orzo (1/3 cup of dry orzo is about one serving)
Goat Cheese (or feta, use what you've got)
Parsley, chopped
Dill, chopped
Salt and Pepper

Add orzo to boiling water, cook until al dente, about 9-10 minutes.

Saute zucchini, yellow squash and scallions in a little bit of olive oil until tender (about 7-8 minutes over medium heat). 

Mix pasta, veggies and goat or feta cheese together. Season with salt and pepper and mix in herbs.  Serve immediately.


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  2. AHHH I got a blog shout out?! I feel so special! So, a.) I'm sitting here, trying to pass off crackers and cheese spread for dinner as we speak (type), and b.) I ate a PB&J for my bachelor dinner on Monday! This is a much healthier alternative, and it sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it!