I’ve been really bad at meal planning lately. Last Friday at 3:00, I realized that I had no clue what we were going to do for dinner. Since our fridge was fairly bare, I didn’t have much to work with, but, it turns out, I had what mattered.
After raiding the pantry, I threw this together and it turned out better than I thought it would. Not only that, it got big thumbs up from everyone in the family.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 cups mixed greens (spinach, bok choy, red & green swiss chard, kale, tat soi, arugula)
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 cups orzo
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or combination)
- Brown ground beef in a skillet. Add garlic when beef is almost done. Drain any excess fat.
- While you are working with your skillet, cook orzo in a pot according to the directions for al dente. Do not over boil the orzo as the orzo will continue to cook a bit more later.
- Add your 'greens' mixture (spinach, bok choy, etc) to the skillet and continue to cook until it turns a brighter colour.
- Add tomato sauce, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder and mix well. Add the orzo and continue to cook in the skillet.
- About 2 minutes before you remove from the stove, add the shredded cheese and cook until it is just melted.
- Remove, cool and serve.
- If your orzo directions have an al dente cook time, boil until that time. If the directions say 'cook for 6 - 8 minutes', cook until the lower half of the amount (no more than 6-7 minutes). The orzo will continue to cook when it is added to the meal.
- I used a leftover pizza shredded cheese mix for the top. You can try different types, but I really enjoyed the cheddar/mozza combination.
- You can find mixed greens in the supermarket, packed together near the packaged spinach.
- This made enough for a dinner for the four of us and lunch the next day.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.