Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta

A quick and easy weeknight dinner that is perfect for a warm summer night when paired with a crisp green salad. The whole thing can be done in about 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Orzo Pasta (you could easily sub and small pasta you prefer here)
  • 1/2 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill (optional)
  • 1 cup diced english cucumber
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 Tbsp halved kalamata olives

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the broiler and bring a pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Add the pasta to the water and cook till al dente – drain, rinse, stir in a few drops of olive oil and cool
  3. Toss the shrimp on a baking sheet with 1 Tbsp olive oil, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer and broil, turning once until opaque and just cooked through. (about 3 minutes)
  4. Coarsely chop the shrimp and toss into a bowl with the pasta, lemon zest, lemon juice, scallions, mint, dill, cucumber, feta olives and remaining olive oil. Check for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Bring up to room temperature before serving.

 

3-Minute Peanut Sauce with Noodles, Scallions and Chicken

I know I’m in love with butter and I really like peanuts, so what’s not to love about peanut butter? I love it for breakfast I love it for lunch and I definitely love it for dinner if it’s in the form of this peanut sauce I recently made to serve over noodles. The sauce doesn’t require cooking and everything can be finished in the time it takes to boil the noodles! My husband is a little more protein happy than I am so I’ve included a generous serving of shredded chicken on top to make sure all factions were satisfied but if you don’t do meat, skip the chicken and the dish is still scrumptious.  Continue reading

Tips For Streamlining Your Business and Home

The mountains of cookies are a memory, the last of the pine needles have been vacuumed up and I think I’ve finally found the last rogue decoration and put it in its place. I think. Hello January!

Now normally I don’t go in for resolutions. I mean, why wait till january to make positive changes in your life? But this year, deciding on my positive goals coincided with the new year, so I’m deciding to call them resolutions. There are two and only two of them – I’ve learned that anything more than one or two things on my “to-do” list traumatizes me away from doing anything at all. So I like to keep it simple and attainable.

My resolution this year? Get organized! Organized home, organized storage, organized business routines, organized EVERYTHING!! It is just a matter of fact that when things are unorganized around me I start to feel a little … well, crazy. Something about “a place for everything and everything in its place” is utterly soothing to me. Knowing that everything is “in its place” relaxes me and opens me up to being more productive and efficient. I like that feeling. So this year, I’m going to finally get serious about getting organized. Continue reading