Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lunch For Days

I'm always looking for ways to save money. I think one of the best ways is to make your own food, rather than eating out. My boyfriend has been suffering from a lack of variety in terms of the brown bag lunch on a work day, and he suggested pasta salad as a new choice. To help us both out, I decided to make a recipe from The Neely's. It turned out great and made a huge batch. It has tons of different flavors that blend together perfectly.

Now we both have a colorful and delicious cure for the lunchtime blues

Gina's Orzo Salad


1 package/pound of orzo pasta

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

2 lemons, juiced

2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted

1 small red onion, finely chopped (I used half a red onion because I'm not the biggest fan)

2 green onions, thinly sliced (both the white and green part)

2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

5 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes or follow the directions on the box

Drain into colander and let cool

Toast the almonds by putting them into an egg pan sprayed with cooking oil on low heat for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally

Whisk together the dijon, lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl

Add the orzo, toasted almonds, cherry tomatoes, red onions, green onions, basil, mint and feta

Stir together and top with salt and pepper

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