simple orzo salad

Simple Orzo Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Right now in life, I have two major obsessions.

One is Demi, evidenced by the hours in each day I spend staring at her (or smiling, singing or holding toys in her face…). Also evidenced by the sheer number of pictures I have taken of her. Yesterday I had to delete all of my music (so long, workouts!) to make room on my phone for more pictures. Because…priorities.

And my other obsession? Quinoa salads and pasta salads.

I can’t get enough of them. They are the perfect summer meal: easy, served cool and just light enough. In four simple steps, a pasta (or quinoa) salad is ready to eat.

  1. Cook quinoa or pasta.
  2. Prepare dressing.
  3. Prep other ingredients: vegetables, cheese, nuts, etc.
  4. Toss everything together.

Take the salads to a cookout. Take them on a picnic. Or devour them at home.

Today’s simple orzo salad is featuring a cheese that I use on a very regular basis: FETA!

Simple Orzo Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

I always have feta in the fridge, and it’s rare that a salad is eaten without it. I partnered with Nikos to create this salad and I think you’ll love it!

Simple Orzo Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

OK. Orzo is tossed with green onions (my favorite in salads), pine nuts, feta (duh) and a classic vinaigrette made with red wine vinegar. Simple, easy, tasty. Enjoy!

Simple Orzo Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

If you’re a feta fan like me, check out Nikos on facebook, pinterest and instagram for lots of feta-inspiration!

And if you’d like to win a trip to Hawaii (uhhhh, yes!), Nikos is sending one lucky winner and their guest on a trip to Hawaii to experience the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Enter here. (And then take me if you win. Please.)

Simple Orzo Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

 

Simple Orzo Salad
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 oz orzo
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1½ cups sliced)
  • 6 oz feta crumbles
  • ½ cup pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Prepare orzo as directed.
  2. While orzo cooks, whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard and season with salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Drain orzo and add to bowl with dressing. Toss until coated and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  4. When orzo is at room temperature, add onions, feta and pine nuts to pasta and toss until combined.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  6. To serve, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 servings Calories: 434 Fat: 24 grams Carbohydrates: 44 grams Sugar: 2 grams Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 12 grams

PS. Want more feta?

 

yogurt and avocado dip

Yogurt & Avocado Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

Hello and happy summer! IT’S HERE!!!!

It’s the season for dips. Well, I adore dips all year long, but summer just makes me think of grilling get-togethers. And plenty of snacks (mostly dips). And beer (IPA!). And white wine (Sauvignon Blanc!). And friends. And family. And swim suits (Demi’s is ridiculous). And floppy hats.

Seriously? These things make me so happy.

Yogurt & Avocado Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

Today, I partnered with Mountain High Yoghurt to bring you a recipe that is easy, delicious and perfect for summer. It’s definitely a dip, but it would also be perfect on so many other things: grilled chicken and vegetables, any kind of tacos and definitely rice and bean bowls.

Yogurt is a staple in our house (I actually buy the large tub of Mountain High Yoghurt (always plain) from Costco!) and while I usually keep it pretty simple and eat it with my oats or in smoothies, yogurt is a great creamy addition to summer dips, dressings and spreads.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out the Mountain High pinterest page. In addition to lots of recipes, there are also great ideas on how to repurpose the containers, which I really love. Reuse, people!

Yogurt & Avocado Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

So this dip. SO easy and so nutritious. Blend together the ingredients and it’s ready to eat!

Between the yoghurt and avocado, it’s ultra-creamy with some spice and flavor from cilantro and jalapeño. Utterly addicting with tortilla chips, pita crackers and fresh vegetables.

Dip away!

Yogurt & Avocado Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

For more yoghurt (why is it spelled yoghurt?) inspiration, visit the Mountain High website and on facebook, pinterest and instagram.

Yogurt and Avocado Dip
 
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Serves: 2½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-sized jalapeño (less or more depending on taste)
  • 5 green onions, roughly chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 1½ cup plain yoghurt (I use full fat)
  • 2 medium avocados, pits removed and diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Combine 1 cup of cilantro, jalapeño and green onions in food processor or blender.
  2. Pulse until everything is chopped.
  3. Add yoghurt, avocados and seasoning and process or blend until smooth.
  4. Stir in remaining chopped cilantro.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips, raw vegetables and crackers.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 servings Calories: 91 Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 6 grams Sugar: 3 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 3 grams

simple lemon kale salad

Simple Lemon Kale Salad is dressed with a flavorful lemon dressing and topped with parmesan and bread crumbs.  

Simple Lemon Kale Salad - the best way to eat kale! | anutritionisteats.com

How was your weekend? The long weekend felt SO good. After a few busy weeks at work (I just finished my last big project before my leave!) and getting sick with a cold last week, the three-day break was amazing. We didn’t do anything super exciting, but finished up a bunch of small projects which I was really happy about. (I love crossing things off my list.) And we finally have a crib so the nursery is really starting to come together.

I also spent a lot of time in the kitchen, working on some food projects (you’ll see some of them soon!) and trying out a few recipes that have been on my list. But this kale salad isn’t anything new.

Simple Lemon Kale Salad - the best way to eat kale! | anutritionisteats.com

I’ve been wanting to make it for you since….oh, THANKSGIVING!

Last year my cousin introduced me to this salad and this past Thanksgiving I made it – because no Thanksgiving (in California) is complete without some kale.

It’s SO good and will convert any kale non-believers. (Are there any left in the world?!) The dressing is really bright with tons of lemon flavor and the parmesan cheese and bread crumbs take this salad from a ‘I’ll force myself to eat it because it’s good for me’ kale salad to a ‘there isn’t enough kale salad’ salad! I had numerous requests for the recipe, so I know it’s a good one. (Also, it feels really strange to be talking about Thanksgiving.)

Simple Lemon Kale Salad - the best way to eat kale! | anutritionisteats.com

How simple is it?

First you cut the kale as thinly as you can. I like to remove the stems and then layer a few of the leaves on top of each other to easily slice. A note about the kale: for this salad, lacinato (dinosaur) kale works best so try to find it if you can. The leaves are darker and flatter but it’s pretty common so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Simple Lemon Kale Salad - the best way to eat kale! | anutritionisteats.comThe dressing is a simple mix of lemon juice and zest, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. A note about the garlic: I love using the zester to grate the garlic instead of mincing it as it almost creates a paste. It ensures that there aren’t any big clumps of garlic to bite into and the zester is already out anyway! :)

Simple Lemon Kale Salad - the best way to eat kale! | anutritionisteats.com

You can go in a few directions for this salad. It’s the perfect side to grilled fish or braised meat but you could also turn it into a main-dish salad with some grilled chicken and garbanzo beans. Just make it, you’re going to love it!

Simple Lemon Kale Salad
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch lacinato (dinosaur) kale
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 1½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or use citrus zester!)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp shredded parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry kale.
  2. Remove stems and thinly slice. (Into really thin ribbons)
  3. Whisk together lemon zest and juice, olive oil and garlic.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Toss dressing with kale and lightly massage until combined. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle parmesan and bread crumbs over salad and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 243 Fat: 13 grams Carbohydrates: 26 grams Sugar: 1 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 10 grams

PS. Want more kale? Miso Butter Kale, Sweet Potato, Kale & Bacon Egg Bake, Simple Kale Salad

10 dips for super bowl snacking

10 Dips for Super Bowl Snacking |anutritionisteats.comWe have three (!!!) days to plan our super bowl menus. What are you making? I haven’t quite decided yet. My plan of attack usually entails some sort of protein (I’m kind of sick of chicken wings so I’m thinking meatballs, maybe homemade!), cheese and crackers (brie? goat?) and definitely a dip – or two – served with lots of veggies!

I’ll be starting the day out on a healthy note with a hike (or some sort of workout) and a green smoothie to balance out an afternoon of snacking. :)

Here are 10 Delish Dips, perfect for super bowl snacking!