Saturday, July 23, 2011

Holy Weekend Batman

Congratulations Jessica! You won the Food Should Taste Good giveaway! I used a random number generator and 33 was the winner! Email caramundy at gmail dot com where they should ship your prize and what 5 flavors you want!

Fun fact: 3 and 9 are my two favorite numbers. I picked them when I was 9 (hence the number) with my best friend Nikki at the time and it never changed. 33 is extra special because 3 x 3 = 9 (yes, this is proof I graduated the second grade).

Mediterranean Orzo Salad 
3 C water
1 C orzo
1/2 lemon juiced
1/3 cup Parmesan/Feta cheese
3 T olive oil
1 roma tomato diced or 5-6 grape tomatoes finely diced
1/4 C cucumber diced
1/4 C red bell pepper diced
1/2 tsp oregano dried
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 T fresh basil
1/4 c black olives (optional)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt (used garlic salt)
Directions: Bring water to boil in a medium pot, add orzo and cook for 9 minutes. Add a cold water afterwards to stop pasta from cooking. This also prevents the pasta from sticking. In the meantime, dice up veggies and add to a large bowl, mix in oil, lemon, and seasonings. Once orzo is cooked fluff with a fork and add to bowl, stir to combine and mix in Parmesan/Feta cheese and let sit for a few hours to allow flavors to combine before serving. Can be served hot, cold or room temp! I love this salad cold, which is perfect for a hot summer day like today!

This pasta salad was so light and easy to make! I am glad I remembered her recipe because it was perfect! I made this for dinner last night and it was even better for lunch today. This would be great to bring to a pot luck or summer picnic!

I also made some delicious pancakes for me and CL this morning. 

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes
3/4 cup TJ's buttermilk pancake mix (any mix should work fine)
1/3 cup water
2 heaping spoonfuls of vanilla or plain greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 apple diced
1 egg white
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Spray hot pan with non-stick cooking spray and pray to the breakfast gods that they do not burn! Serve with sugar free syrup and enjoy!

I'm off to a family picnic to celebrate this little guy's 2nd birthday! Happy Birthday Noah!


  1. Pancakes are the best on weekends! Enjoy the rest of your Saturday :)

  2. HAHAHA. I love the reason you have your fav numbers. :)

  3. I have never had orzo before! I gotta try it and omg those pancakes look scrumptious!! Yumm :D

  4. When I saw that salad pop up on facebook I started drooling! WANT! <3

  5. That salad looks divine!!
    and that little boys face...precious :)

  6. haha- that picture of Noah is adorable! I'll have to try your orzo recipe- i absolutely love the texture and chewiness of Orzo- it might be my favorite pasta (nevermind, who could choose a favorite pasta?)