Orzo bake!!!!

A couple weekends ago, I made a random dish with orzo pasta. I’ve never had orzo before and was curious to make this Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole dish by Betty Crocker. However, I, of course, changed the recipe, a tad bit. Ok, maybe by a lot! It turned out really delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it!!!!

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BAM! Another success!

I altered the recipe:

  • 1 package (16 oz) uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bag (5 oz) baby spinach
  • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled- I used two 8 oz feta cheese containers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)- I used Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 11 tenders) I used ground chicken and turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning I used authentic balsamic vinegar from ITALY!!! That was some thick vinegar!
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel- I zested the lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
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I need to find this the next time I am in Italy!

Happy new week!

FS

#tbt in Roma!

Almost 10 years ago, my travel gang and I went on a Mediterranean cruise that embarked from Rome, Italy. We visited the following countries: Sicily (Messina), Greece (Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini), Turkey (Kuşadası-Ephesus), and Italy (Naples). We returned to Rome where we disembarked and toured the city for a few days before heading back to the States.

It was my first international trip and I was beyond excited. There were so many awesome memories with new friends.

On our first night in Rome, we dined at Ristorante Aqua Pizzeria. I was super excited to try authentic Italian food, one of my favorites! I LOVE pasta!!

So guess what I ordered? Pasta, haha!

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It’s seafood spaghetti! It was delicious! I wiped the dish clean! Pasta craving was definitely satisfied!

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I also tried wine for the first time! Exciting! Even though I wasn’t 21 yet, I was legal in Europe!!! Yea! It was a white wine and was pretty good. Next to the wine, is water. They serve it “with gas” or “no gas.” Basically, carbonated or non-carbonated.

Ristorante Aqua Pizzeria
Via Benci e Gatti 3, 00053 Civitavecchia Rome, Italy

I loved Italy! I would love to return again one day to explore the country more and grind more authentic Italian food!