Green Orzo

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Orzo is my new favorite pasta. It’s a lot like risotto (taste- and texture-wise), but much easier to cook– just boil water, set it, forget it, drain, done. Love it.


This evening’s recipe was inspired by Jody Adam’s Summer Green Risotto.

Jody Adams is a James Beard award-winning chef/owner at Rialto in Harvard Square. From what I hear, her recipes at Rialto are pretty awesome. It’s still on my list of restaurants to visit, so I need to make it happen!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • 1 cup Orzo pasta
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces sliced prosciutto
  • Salt & pepper


Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; add diced celery, orzo, 2 cups of chicken broth, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir for 2-3 minutes.


Stir in spinach and peas; cook. Over next 10 minutes, gradually add more chicken broth (if needed) until orzo is creamy and tender. Stir in Parmesan cheese and sliced prosciutto.


I added my serving of Green Winter Orzo to a bed of baby spinach.


Carb-loading for tomorrow, baby! 😉


Mal and I are spending the rest of the evening doing little home improvement projects around the house. The fun never ends around here!


Lamps from Ikea are sweet!


So are labelmakers.


Seriously, it’s my new favorite toy.


Mal and I are also heading to bed really early tonight. We have 20 miles to tackle in the morning!!! I’m nervous! 😯



  1. I think orzo is one of my LEAST fav carbohydrates. It can’t decide if it is rice or pasta. It’s slick like pasta but its little like rice. But without the rice texture, it tends to just slip down my throat without me being able to chew and savor it. What a waste!

  2. I don’t love orzo. Maybe I should give it another try? I’ve generally only had it in soup.

    Labelmakers are fun. I’ve only ever used them at work. It’s cool you have one at home.

  3. Label makers and filing cabinets are amazing! My husband thought I was joking when I registered for both before our wedding.

    Good luck tomorrow! You will do great. 🙂

  4. I have a 20 mile run in the AM, too! It’s our last long run before the Disney Marathon. Also, I share your love for label makers. I am a teacher so I use it all the time!

  5. You got this! You’re so fast, really! Just take it easy on the foot. I’ve been in your boat before. And in the words of Jillian Michaels, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And, it looks like you’re planned very well! Taking care of your foot this week, doing non-running exercise, carb-loading (most important, hahaah), and getting lots and lots of sleep the night before! See, no need to be nervous! Can’t wait to read the recap.

  6. You can do it! If a former fat kid like me can run a marathon, then it will be no problem for you! I remember the 20 miler…scary…but you will kick butt!

  7. A) I’m so making that orzo this weekend.

    B) I’m obsessed with my label maker! I have a small one that actually has a magnetic holder and I can put it on the side of my fridge. They’re fantastic.

  8. I love how you always add your pasta to a bed of spinach or mixed greens! Its a great way to bulk up pasta! Did you get this idea from somewhere or make it up yourself?

  9. I’ve never had orzo because my mum’s allergic to wheat, but now that I’ve moved out I’ll have to try it! That recipe looks so gorgeous and vibrant 🙂

  10. Orzo is very versatile. I have many great orzo recipes including one w/ orzo, chopped broccoli, garlic, almonds, parm, etc. It’s great in soup also. I find it very different from risotto; pasta is not rice. Similar shape I guess …

  11. Tina, good luck on your 20 miler tomorrow 🙂 I think the anticipation can sometimes be worse than the run itself. Sending good vibes your way and hoping your injury doesn’t flare up. Have a good night!

  12. hi tina,
    your winter orzo reminded me of my Christmas quinoa…I had it tonight and it is O’ So O’mazing…I think you would like it. if you ever want to try it it is so easy and so yummy-comforting! =) here is my mix
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1 chopped tomatoe
    1/2-1 chopped avacado
    broccoli pieces
    1/2 can garbanzo beans
    once the quinoa is cooked throw in the veggies and cook till heated through. I use Kraft Ceaser Italian dressing…squirt desired amount 3tbs or less…Mix and heat. top with parm cheese. Yumm! Dinner ready in 20 min or less…=)
    good luck in the am with 20….I miss runn ing! =)(

  13. Label makers are the best. We use them at work for everything. I like to type out naughty words, put them upside down on my bosses chair so when he sits they stick to his butt and then he walks around with “My butt stanks like poo” sticking to his bottom.

  14. Tina, I love these easy recipes that you are posting! Hubby and I went to Trader Joe’s today to get some broc, shrimp, and mixed greens for the recipe you posted recently…thank you! Hugs and Happy Holidays!

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