Side Dishes

Mediterranean Orzo

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Mediterranean orzo. Beautiful, delicate al dente pasta, tossed with amazingly fresh and full-of-flavor ingredients, make this the perfect side dish or even main course for a no-guilt meal. Exclude the salami and it is also a delicious vegetarian option.

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¾ cup orzo
2 tablespoons quality olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1½ cup (1 very small head) radicchio leaves, cut into ¼-inch ribbons
3 tablespoons Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, coarsely chopped
4 cups (4 ounces) baby spinach leaves, cut into1/4-inch ribbons
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
? cup grated Parmesan cheese
10 deli slices of dry Italian salami, in ¼-inch squares (optional) Omit for vegetarian vresion.
Salt
Pepper
In a medium-sized pot, boil lightly salted water for the orzo. Cook according to package instructions for al dente pasta, which is about 9 minutes. Halfway through cooking the orzo, sauté the garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook just until the garlic is softened and very aromatic, but not browned. Then add the radicchio, sun-dried tomatoes, and Kalamata olives. Cook just until the radicchio is wilted. Strain the orzo, and add it to the skilled along with the spinach. Stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste. When the spinach is just wilted, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner. Add the lemon juice and stir, then the Parmesan cheese and stir, and finally the salami (optional) and stir. Serve warm.
Nutritions

Calories
495

Sodium
633mg
26% DV

Fat
23g
36% DV

Protein
6g
12% DV

Carbs
68g
23% DV

Fiber
6g
26% DV

Cozy up with a warm, nourishing bowl of Cabbage Roll Soup! Each pot includes all of the delicious flavors and ingredients that we love in my great grandmother's traditional Stuffed Cabbage Rolls -- without all of the work. The simple and easy cabbage soup is loaded with bacon, ground beef, rice and veggies in a sweet tomato broth. It's perfect with biscuits or a loaf of crusty bread on a chilly day!

4 slices bacon
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion
1 clove garlic
2 T tomato paste
4 c coarsely chopped green cabbage
4 c beef broth
15 oz tomato sauce
14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes
2 T brown sugar
1 bay leaf
2 c cooked white rice
Kosher salt and pepper
2 T chopped fresh parsley
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Nutritions

Calories
439

Sodium
728mg
30% DV

Fat
11g
18% DV

Protein
17g
35% DV

Carbs
61g
20% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
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