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  • Writer's pictureAllyson Balzuweit

Orzo and Almond Pilaf

Looking for a super fast side dish that's healthy and will also "wow" your family? Look no further! This orzo pilaf comes together in a flash and will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. If you have a kid, spouse or partner that doesn't want anything green in their dish, just set a portion aside before adding the parsley!


-1 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo

-2 Tbsp olive oil or butter

-2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (water would also work but more salt needed to season)

-Salt and pepper to taste

-1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

-1/4 cup minced parsley


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add the orzo and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until toasted.

  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the orzo is tender.

  3. Remove from heat and add almonds and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

It's as simple as that! Pine nuts or toasted pecans would be a perfect way to change this up, and switching out the herbs would also change the flavor profile. Don't skip them though as they're full of good nutrients your body needs and loves!


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