Side Dish Roundup: 14 Best Orzo Recipes

Side Dish Roundups are making a come back!  Today I’m focusing on Orzo Side Dish Recipes!

Do you ever feel like you prepare the same recipes over and over? That is how I feel about side dishes. I have the same 5 or 6 side dish recipes that I rotate between our meals. So, I’ve decided to expand my repertoire and incorporate new side dishes into our menu. Since I’m already doing the research, I thought I’d share the recipes I find with you. My Side Dish Roundups will include recipes that I plan on testing and adding to our menu staples. They look so delicious! I can’t wait to try them!

 

I shared my Lemon Orzo Salad recipe yesterday and it occurred to me that it is the only way I prepare orzo.  So, I thought I’d explore other preparations so I can have more options when it comes to orzo side dishes.  Orzo is a short cut pasta that is shaped like rice.  It is usually served on it’s own with pasta sauce or used in soups, salads or casseroles.  

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Lemon Orzo Salad

Lemon Orzo Salad is a make ahead salad that is full of bright lemon flavor and is the perfect side dish when you’re grilling. It is meant to be served cold so you will have to plan ahead, but that just means you get to relax while the rest of the food is cooking!

The weather has been unusually mild, here in Arizona this year, and we have been soaking up every minute of it before the crazy summer temperatures hit. Great weather means that our grill has been working overtime. When the kids are outside playing and My Love is manning the grill, the last place I want to be is the kitchen.

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10 Minute Banana Cream Pie Trifle

About a month ago, I found Biscoff cookies at my local Target store, which I was thrilled about! They are my favorite cookies and since I can get them down the street, they have been a staple in my pantry. I usually like to have them with with a hot cup of tea, but lately, I have been fantasizing about pairing them with bananas for some reason. Specifically, I have been dreaming of using the Biscoff cookies as the crust for a banana cream pie. I just knew it would be a match made in heaven.

The only problem is that I am not a very patient person. I wanted to test my theory and I wanted to do it now. So, I did what any reasonable person would do. I deconstructed the pie and turned it into a trifle. Immediate gratification. 🙂

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Kale Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

This Kale Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing has been my favorite side dish for months. I just can’t get enough of it, which is great considering kale is so good for you! I literally make it every week and find any excuse to add it to our menu. There are only a handful of ingredients, it comes together in minutes and it can be prepped ahead of time, which makes it a great dish in my book! It pairs nicely with almost anything as a side dish but could also be served on it’s own as a filling lunch too.

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

Have you ever run into somebody that you were super close to but haven’t seen in a long while? At first the conversation can be a bit awkward and clunky but then you fall back into a natural exchange that is easy and comfortable.

That’s kind of how this post has been for me… I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen for a while not sure what to say. I start typing but stop short and then start over. I’m hoping that I’ll find that natural rhythm soon…

So, it’s been pretty quiet around here, as you probably have noticed. While I have had the best intentions of posting, time constantly evaded me. In fact, I have had such a hard time carving out time for blogging that I considered just walking away. But, I still have so much I want to share. So, what can I say? Here I am.

I had promised to share my Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread last week, but I moved to a new platform and had some technical difficulties. So, it’s a week late (hopefully this isn’t a sign!) but at least it’s finally up!

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