3.15.2011

lunchtime snoozfest


I try to be good and bring my lunch to work every day. Not only does it keep me healthy but it helps me save a TON of money every month. Ironically, I didn't bring my lunch today. The problem with packing a lunch most days is 1. I don't have a lot of time in the morning and 2. sandwiches, while easy, get boring day after day. My new mission is to come up with some tasty and easy lunches for work.


This recipe is my first solve for the boring sandwich blues. I love this pasta salad, it's easy and quick to make. It fits perfectly into a small tupperware container and I can get it ready the night before aka more time for me to sleep in the mornings! This recipe is packed with flavor and the whole grains fill me up!

Lime Cilantro Pasta Salad

ingredients:

for the dressing:
¼ c. red wine vinegar
¼ c. lime juice + zest
2 T. honey
1 small shallot minced
½ c. cilantro leaves packed
1 clove garlic
salt + pepper

for the salad:
1 c. whole wheat orzo pasta
2 chicken breasts (cooked and thinly sliced)
2 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
1 c. cherry tomatoes halved
cilantro leaves for garnish

yields 2 hearty servings

In a food processor, combine all the dressing ingredients and pulse until garlic, shallots, and cilantro leaves are pulverized (basically until you have your dressing at a consistency you like).

Meanwhile, heat chicken stock and water in a saucepan for the orzo. Cook orzo until al dente, drain pasta. Add lime cilantro dressing to the warm pasta. It will absorb more flavor this way. Combine chicken slices, tomatoes and cilantro leaves with the pasta. It's that easy! If you like, you can double the dressing recipe and marinade your chicken in it to add even more flavor.

improv style:
for the dressing you can substitute honey for agave nectar or a pinch of sugar instead. Also, you can make this with basil instead of cilantro and add mini mozzarella balls and tomatoes for an italian spin on the dish (think caprese salad)! the recipe isn't set in stone so substitute the herbs and veggies for ingredients you have on hand. don't have orzo? use a different pasta or even a quinoa or cous cous and make it gluten free! you can add some pine nuts or almonds for a bit of crunch too.

2 comments:

  1. MORGAN! Why is it that you don't cook for me. This looks beautiful, not to mention delicious.

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  2. Truly, this is healthiest pasta salad I have ever made after following this. I am very thankful for your great recipe sharing here dear. Else, I would have added lots of mayonnaise, sauces, cheese just to make it tastier. We had this type salad once when we ate best boozy brunch nyc. Great recipe. Thanks!!

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