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

almond butter stuffed french toast

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

Breakfast. Not something I’ve been the greatest at lately.

I was on a great streak of bagel + cream cheese + avocado + tomato slices or a fried egg around 10am each day. I ate it for close to three weeks straight. Then I ran out of bagels and got desperate. Cold pizza at 11:30am? Works. Cold pizza at 3:30pm the same day? Works, but wow.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

So I’ve kind of been craving a real breakfast. One that can really be counted as breakfast. Like a hearty bowl of oats. Or something a little ‘fancier’ like french toast.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

Specifically, this french toast. It’s stuffed with healthy almond butter (high in vitamin E, good-for-you fats and protein) and when made with sprouted bread, it’s a breakfast full of protein and fiber that will keep you more-than-satisfied until lunch.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

Protein.
Fiber.
Whole grains.
Healthy fats.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

It’s the best way to start your day!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 slices sprouted or whole-grain bread
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon in a shallow baking dish.
  2. Spread almond butter on two slices of the bread and top with other slice of bread.
  3. Add sandwiches to egg mixture, flipping after a minute or two.
  4. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat and add butter to pan.
  5. When the butter melts, add french toast stack to hot pan.
  6. Cook for about two minutes, until golden brown and flip.
  7. Cook for another two minutes.
  8. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 496 Fat: 21 grams Carbohydrates: 58 grams Sugar: 23 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 21 grams

 

4 easy trader joe’s meals

Last year, I shared a 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less) and it’s been one of my most-popular posts ever since! It seems like we are all looking for quick meals that come together in minutes – I get it.

And I’m back with some more. I visit Trader Joe’s a LOT. It’s two blocks away and now that shopping involves schlepping a stroller + car seat up stairs…I’m there even more because I can only carry one bag (max) at a time. (Is it ridiculous that I still get a bit nervous to leave the house?!) Maybe you shouldn’t answer that…

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

Ideally, each of these meals would have a vegetable component, but some of these are lacking a bit. So to add a quick vegetable side, try salad greens with dressing (I love their refrigerated Cilantro Dressing), roasted broccoli, or sautéed green beans. If you are really desperate, carrot sticks always work in a pinch, too!

Country Potatoes with Eggs:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

The Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts & Wild Mushrroms is one of my new favorite items from Trader Joe’s, it’s SO good! Simply prepare the potatoes as instructed and fry or scramble an egg to serve alongside. It is suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Turkey Bolognese Pizza:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

You know I love my tortilla pizzas! (Pesto Pizza / Healthy Taco Pizza) and I thought trying the bolognese sauce would be a great way to switch up flavors, and get an extra boost of protein. Simply bake the tortilla until crisp (at about 400 degrees), top with sauce (drained as much as possible!) and cheese and bake until cheese has melted. (Brown rice and sprouted tortillas are my favorite to use.)

Falafel Sandwiches:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

If you’re looking for a vegetarian lunch or dinner, this is about as easy as it gets! Whip up a quick cucumber sauce, heat up the falafel and pita and your meal is on the table. Combine one container of greek yogurt, a minced clove of garlic and 1/2 cup shredded cucumber with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried dill, salt & pepper in small bowl and set aside. Heat falafel (takes 2-3 minutes in the microwave) and pita (in oven or microwave) and serve with cucumber slices.

Penne Peperonata with Sausage and Spinach:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

I branched out and tried some of the frozen pastas that Trader Joe’s stocks in it’s freezer cases. I didn’t have high hopes going into it and frozen pasta has always seemed a bit ridiculous – it’s so easy to make! Well, it’s delicious. And it’s easy. Remove casing from hot italian sausage (or use sliced chicken sausage) and heat over medium heat until cooked through. Drain and set aside. Prepare pasta as directed. Toss hot pasta over spinach (or try arugula!) and top with sausage.

PS. Looking for more? 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less)