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Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad is a bright and fresh salad full of crunchy vegetables in every bite. Take it with you to a BBQ or serve it at home, this pasta salad goes with everything. 

greek orzo pasta salad

This Greek Orzo Pasta Salad is one of those recipes you can serve with a lot of different dishes. We love it with our favorite grilled steak or chicken, and also on its own. 

I have had orzo in my pantry for months, it’s one of those kinds of pasta I don’t use often but I should. Orzo tastes just like pasta, and it’s so easy to work with. Earlier this week I made it to Costco to get groceries it was a nightmare thanks to all the panic shopping going on because of COVID-19. I got lots of fresh produce and a big thing of feta crumbles, yum! I had everything on had to create this delicious Greek Orzo Pasta Salad!

Can I take this moment to do a little bragging? Okay! Both my kids thought Greek Orzo Pasta Salad was delicious!! They usually do not love dishes with diced raw onion, but no complaining this time, yay!

This Pasta Salad is perfect for lunch, dinner, a bbq, and even a gathering! Enjoy friends!

Love easy side dishes also try, Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni SaladBeet, and Goat Cheese Salad + Golden Balsamic DressingInstant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

Yield: 3-4

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad is a bright and fresh salad full of crunchy vegetables in every bite. Take it with you to a BBQ or serve it at home, this pasta salad goes with everything. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo, dry
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2/3 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta crumbles
  • 3 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 black olives, diced

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo till al dente. Drain and run under cold water till completely cooled.
  2. Combine orzo, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, olives, and onion in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, dried oregano, and red wine vinegar. Whisk till combined.
  4. Pour over the salad and stir.
  5. Fold in the feta.
  6. Taste, season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve garnishes like fresh dill or parsley and lemon wedges.

Notes

If you like more feta or onion you can always taste and adjust to your preference.

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Luau! Made with 5 ingredients this creamy lighted up and vegan-friendly macaroni salad is sure to hit the spot. 

Not only did this Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad get the family approval, my kids asked for it the next day! I served it with my Easy Hawaiian Chicken recipe and it truly was the perfect pair. 

This recipe is perfect to bring to a BBQ or have on its own. It stores great in the fridge for up to 5 days, the kids love a bowl for snack time or lunch. Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad does not skimp on flavor it is absolutely delicious!

4 Simple Ingredients for Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni

  •  dry macaroni pasta
  •  shredded carrots 
  •  grated onion 
  •  vegan mayo, or sub regular mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

That is all you will need to create this delicious macaroni salad!

 

Love easy and healthy side dishes, also try Nutted Wild Rice Pilaf, Mexican Quinoa Salad, and Easy Greek Pasta Salad.

Yield: 4

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Laua! Made with 5 ingredients this lighted up creamy macaroni salad is sure to hit the spot. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup dry macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots 
  • 1 tbsp grated onion 
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo, or sub regular mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook macaroni according to package, about 10 minutes. You want it softer than al dente. Strain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Let chill in the refrigerator.

Add mayo to your chilled macaroni and mix well. Stir in carrots and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Can be made 24 hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Asain Garlic Noodles

Asain Garlic noodles come together quickly and easily with pantry staples you most likely have on hand! This dish is a no-fuss meal that is full of flavor and will please everyone. 

When it comes to Asain cuisine there is nothing I love more than noodle dishes! There is no doubt I will eat every last noodle on my plate. What’s even better is when you can make a quick noodle dish at home.

Garlic noodles don’t call for any special kind of noodle, we used rice stir fry noodles but any noodle will do, spaghetti, fettuccini, angel hair, etc. So just use what you have on hand! 

Kyson, my son says this is my best dish, haha! I’m pretty sure he was trying to get on my good side, lol! Those 7-year-old boys are smart! Needless to say, I loaded this up with tons of garlic, hubby just has to deal with it, haha. After all with all the germs going around and this virus (Covid-19) that is sweeping the globe it’s best we load up on lots of immune-boosting foods like garlic! Please be safe and kind out there!

I kept this simple but you can always add in a protein of choice and vegetables. Personally I love adding stir-fried veggies in this dish but my kids wanted it plain, so they won. However, I loaded it with garlicky goodness! Serve with Chili flakes or Sriracha, so good!

Love quick and easy meals, also try  Easy Take-Out Style Chicken, Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe} and Egg Roll in a Bowl.

Yield: 3-4

Asain Garlic Noodles

Asain Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles are simply irresistible! Made with ingredients you most likely have on hand this recipe will be ready in less than 30 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz stir fry rice noodles
  • 12 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 2 green onion sprigs, diced
  • sriracha for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of boiling water cook pasta according to package, drain well.
  2. Heat avocado oil over medium-low heat and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes till fragrant.
  3. Add the rice noodles, sesame oil, tamari, oyster sauce, and agave mix together till combined.
  4. Mix in the green onion till combined, cook for 1 more minute.
  5. Optional, garnish with sesame seeds, sriracha or chili flakes. Enjoy!

Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta + Video

This Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta is a simple, hearty, and healthy dish that will please the whole family. Ready in 30 minutes or less this pasta will be a new weeknight staple.

This week our lemon tree has been giving us so much fruit. I have given some away but I am trying to use these beautiful lemons in my recipes. I made Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta last week and my husband and kids absolutely loved it!! Little did they know I was just scrambling to get dinner out with what we had. Sometimes the best meals are made without rhyme or reason. 

Lemon kale & sausage pasta

I’ve successfully added this pasta into our menu 2-3 times per month. I love changing the meals up but certain dishes are worth keeping like this Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta! 

Ingredient Swaps

  • Andouille Chicken Sausage: This sausage tends to pack a spicy 🌶 kick if you aren’t into some Italian Chicken Sausage is the perfect substitute. 
  • Kale: Okay kale is not for everyone, I get it. The most perfect swap for this pasta recipe is baby spinach. 

How to make Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta 

  1. Add pasta to salted boiling water and cook till al dente. 
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle bottom of the pan with oil. 
  3. Add kale and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. If you use spinach it will only need to cook 30 seconds. 
  4. Add in diced andouille sausage and brown for 3 minutes. 
  5. Add cooked pasta, seasonings, butter, and lemon juice. Stir till combined and butter melted.
  6. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge and parmesan, enjoy!

Love easy and delicious meals, also try Easy Take-Out Style ChickenBalsamic Honey Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies + Video, and Rosemary Honey Chicken with Roasted Veggies + Video.

Yield: 6

Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta

Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta

This Lemon Sausage & Kale Pasta is a simple, hearty, and healthy dish that will please the whole family. Ready in 30 minutes or less this pasta will be a new weeknight staple.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dry pasta, calletani
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cups curly kale, chopped & stems removed
  • 12 ounces chicken andouille sausage, diced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan for serving
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

    Add pasta to salted boiling water and cook till al dente. 
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle bottom of the pan with oil. 
    Add kale and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. If you use spinach it will only need to cook 30 seconds. 
    Add in diced andouille sausage and brown for 3 minutes. 
    Add cooked pasta, seasonings, butter, and lemon juice. Stir till combined and butter is melted.

    Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Serve with a fresh lemon wedge and parmesan, enjoy!

Gluten-Free Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Honestly, what is better than a tender, crisp, golden-brown chicken cutlet! Gluten-Free Parmesan Chicken Cutlets can turn into the perfect chicken parmesan or star as the main dish at any meal.

Chicken Cutlets is a Gluten-Free dish everyone in my household loves. Serve it up with your favorite side dishes and you got yourself an insanely delicious meal. I believe anyone can make these and everyone will love them. The technique is simple, dip the chicken cutlet in almond flour, next dip in the egg, and lastly the panko mixture.

There are a few things you can do to ensure your success with chicken cutlets:

  1. First make sure your cutlet is not to thick, pound it out, baby! Pounding the chicken will keep it thin and also tenderize it.
  2. Second, don’t buy preseasoned panko, season it yourself! Fresh herbs are a game-changer do not sell yourself short!
  3. Seasonings and fresh herbs bring so much life and flavor to a dish.
  4. Lastly, do not forget the cheese!! More cheese.. even better, in my opinion, ha!

You can slather these chicken cutlets up with marinara and mozzarella for the most amazing chicken parmesan ever!! You’re going to love these guys!! They are a great weeknight meal option for the entire family!

Looking for easy weeknight dinners? Also, try Easy Turkey TacosCitrus Pollo Asado Bowls with Avocado Salad, or  Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls.

Gluten-Free Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Kay
Perfectly crisp and delicious! Goes perfect with a salad or your favorite side dish.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 4-5 ounce chicken cutlets 1/4-1/2 inch thick
  • optional fresh basil for serving

Instructions
 

Dredge Chicken

  • Use 3 shallow dishes. Spread flour in first dish. Beat eggs in second dish, and in the third dish combine panko, parmesan, garlic powder, oregano. 
  • Pat dry cutlets and season with salt and pepper. Using 1 cutlet at a time dredge in flour, dip in egg, and coat with panko mixture pressing gently to adhere. Transfer to a large plate. 

Pan Fry Chicken

  • Layer a clean large dish with paper towels. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until hot. Add 3 cutlets at a time cooking till golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes each side. 
  • Transfer cutlets to paper towel lined dish and cover with foil. Wipe skillet and repeat pouring in oil and cooking 3 cuttles at a time.
Keyword chicken, cutlets

Hatch Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

What could possibly make Mac and cheese any better? Hatch Green Chiles that’s what! Hatch Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate baked comfort food with insanely delicious cheesy sauce, flavorful chilis, and a golden panko topping.

Out of all the Mac and cheese in the world, this is my absolute favorite and happens to be my sister’s favorite too! For her birthday she asked me to make Mac and cheese with hatch green chiles and a cake (coming soon), how could I say no to that? It is nice to be asked to cook for others it must mean I’m doing something right, haha!

If you are in the mood for a buttery and cheesy macaroni and cheese this is the recipe for you. Hatch green chiles are the best balance of sweet and heat. The combination of hatch chiles and cheese makes for an insanely delicious meal!

What I find works best is freshly grated cheese. Pre shredded cheese contains anti-caking agents that often make you sauce more gritty and less smooth. Make sure you stir often to avoid clumping. You don’t want a dry macaroni so don’t skimp on the sauce. If I am going to exceed my calories why hesitate and skimp on the cheese make it worth guys! Lastly, if you have little mouths to feed at home you could absolutely omit the chiles for a creamy macaroni & cheese.

Hatch Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Hatch Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

A perfect blend of the cheesy goodness and chili pepper you crave.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb short pasta, cellentani is my favorite
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups mild cheddar
  • 1 cup pepper jack
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 2 4 oz cans of mild hatch green chiles
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease your skillet or a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Cook your pasta according to package in salted water. Be careful not to overcook. Drain in a colander and run under cool water. Drain all excess water and set aside.
  3. Heat butter on medium-high heat and add the flour. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes and whisk constantly.
  4. Slowly add in the milk and continue to whisk. Bring to a simmer you don't want it to boil, the sauce will thicken. Turn off heat and add the cheese by the handfuls, whisking after each addition. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in pasta noodles and green chiles and transfer to your prepared baking dish. Place panko crumbs on top and season with more salt and pepper. Bake for 30 mins or until cheese sauce is bubbling and panko crumbs are golden. Enjoy!

 

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Easy Greek Pasta Salad is the perfect easy side and the ultimate potluck hit that everyone will enjoy!! With a beautiful blend of crisp juicy veggies and feta tossed in greek dressing make for the perfect pasta salad.

There is something so wonderful about greek salad seems like I always have the ingredients on hand. With an extra box of pasta chilling in the pantry I thought hey why not try a greek pasta salad! The combination of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, bell pepper, red onion, feta and olives tossed in Greek dressing makes for a crazy good meal.

Of course, I recommended making the dressing but if you find yourself short on time toss in a store bought dressing. The salad will hold up in the fridge for up to 5 days. It is perfect for packed lunches, BBQ’s and potlucks.

To make it is so simple!

  1. Cook your pasta according to package and rinse with cold water to stop cooking
  2. Wash and chop your veggies while the pasta is cooking.
  3. Combine everything in a large bowl and toss in the dressing. Chill and serve!

Yield: 8

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

An easy side dish, perfect to bring to a potluck or BBQ. A dish everyone will love!

Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb short pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 zucchini's spirulized (4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 oz sliced black olives, drain juice from can
  • 1 cup feta crumbles

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinager
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
  2. While pasta is cooking prepare your dressing then wash and chop your veggies.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss in dressing. Chill in fridge and enjoy!