Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lime Chicken & Orzo Salad

yes, another recipe...
but is delicious, & simple, & healthy, so at least take a look :)
i've been cooking a lot recently...Jay has even been doing some grilling now that the weather is warming up and its been fun!
I found the recipe in southern living a just tweaked it a little.

What you'll need:
1 Lime
Chicken Tenders  
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 minced Garlic Gloves
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
Grate the zest from lime to equal 1 tsp. Cut lime in half & squeeze juice. Save a little bit of lime juice for the pasta sauce {about a 1 tablespoon}. Combine zest, lime juice, 4 Tbsp Oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Marinate Chicken for 10 minutes and promptly hand to your hunk of a husband to grill for you. Or be a real woman to do it yourself. Both get the job done. 

Now for the Orzo Salad:
1 Cup Uncooked Orzo Pasta
3 Tbsp Red wine Vinegar -- {this stuff is amazing! Buy it and use it often!}
2 Tbsp Honey Dijon Mustard 
1 Med. Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
1 Med. sized Cucumber, peeled & Diced
1/2 tsp dried Dill
Prepare pasta according to box directions. Combine vinegar, mustard, remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, Dill, & juice from the little bit of left over lime juice. Toss Orzo, Bell Pepper, and cucumber in vinegar mix. 

Its so yummy and very light!

On a side note, remember I mentioned how Jay has been grilling a lot recently? Well we decided to grill hamburgers one night last week. It was fairly late, probably 8:30ish {which is a normal time for us to eat because we own a chick-fil-a which equals never eating meals at the designated "normal times" and I've come to terms with the fact that we simply eat when hungry and just forget looking a a clock} Anyway, it was late and Jay was grilling hamburgers and it began to POUR down rain so I quickly threw Jay an umbrella and naturally stayed inside to snap this photo of my sweet husband finishing our dinner in the rain. {the photo doesn't do justice to the rain, but just take my word for it... it was raining. hard.}
While I was busy photographing Jay stuck in the rain sweet bella decided it was the perfect time to escape and run like a wild woman all over the back yard and return soaking wet & muddy & very, very gross. I did not photograph this because I finally decided it was a good time to join my husband outside and get wet chasing her down. Her hiney was immediately thrown into the bath tub and we ate cold hamburgers at around 9:30 {so basically we learned that Chick-fil-A is not the sle source of our eating dinner at un-naturally awful times of the night}

On that note, Happy Mother's Day to my sweet Mama, and all you mamas out there! 

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