Healthy Eats: Spinach and Orzo Salad

Hey friends! Here's another great recipe to help you and your family eat well as you think through having a healthy body and strong spirit. My friend Ashleigh brought this to us when we had our first baby and it's been in our rotation ever since. It's a great make to take to people too. It's filling but doesn't make you feel gross (because it's healthy!) which is often just want those in need of a meal want. Real nourishment.

Spinach and Orzo Salad

2 chicken breasts,, or rotisserie chicken (or leave this out for a vegetarian delight)

1-1.5 cups whole wheat orzo, uncooked (about half a bag)

4 cups spinach (again, half a bag, if you buy in bags like me)

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

4-6 oz feta

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I liked the jarred, julienned ones)

1/4 cup toasted almonds (slivers, or chopped whole almonds)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Cook chicken however you'd like. I usually heat a pan with olive oil, season chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder or whatever else I'm feeling that day, and throw the chicken in. Actually, I place it carefully, I'm not that fancy-free.

So, let the chicken cook on each side for about 5 minutes on medium heat. This whole 5 minute thing is helpful for me because I almost always have a kid or two hanging on my leg and watching closely is just not always realistic. Maybe you can relate? Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side. Set aside.



Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain, and let cooked orzo sit in the colander for a few minutes to cool. Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss.

This feeds two adults and maybe a kid or so. When I take this to people with kids, I sometimes keep a bit of pasta, chicken, and feta separate for them. Kids can be weird about food, right?

The leftovers are awesome as well.


Connect with me (Kristi!) on my blog, And Babies Don't Keep. Be sure to check out the recipe tab for more mostly healthy recipes, like homemade granola bites, harvest quinoa with greens, and blueberry oatmeal muffins with coconut oil.

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