I remember when I was a kid, my mom would always turn phrases into a threat. If I would say “hey mom, I want some Subway,” she would say “I’m going to Sub your Way.” Does anyone else have a mom that does that? Or is mine just completely weird (just kidding, love you ma). Monday night I gave in and snipped back my herbs, (which was very hard for me to do) and used them in my first recipe! My mom told me that I need to begin to snip them back to make sure that they have strong roots. A herb that has really tall growth at first will be top heavy and have less sturdy roots. Therefore, I did as I was advised and plucked them back! I used some oregano and parsley in this recipe, and put some cilantro in the fridge. You can see in this picture that my basil is really starting to sprout up! I think I’m getting really lucky with those.
Shish Kebabs with Spanakopita orzo
(courtesy of Rachael Ray’s Look+Cook)
1/2 pound orzo
1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or dried)
5 tablespoons EVOO
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 pounds New York strip (or another thick steak), cubed
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup stock
3 cups spinach
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Fresh parsley, finely chopped
1. Preheat the grill to a medium-high heat. Soak wooden skewers in a bowl of water for 20 minutes (or use metal skewers).
2. Bring large pot of water to boil over high heat and add in the orzo.
3. Combine oregano, 3 tablespoons EVOO, onion powder, garlic powder, and some salt and pepper. Toss the beef cubes in the mixture to coat.
4. Thread the beef cubes on skewers and grill them 2 to 3 minutes per side.
5. While the beef is cooking, place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the remaining EVOO. Once heated, add in the onions, garlic, and parsley. Cook 5 minutes.
6. Add stock and 2 cups spinach to a food processor and process until smooth.
7. Add the spinach puree to the onion mixture and warm for about 30 seconds.
8. Add the onion/puree mixture into the orzo and serve shish kebabs on top of the orzo.
This was one of those meals where you definitely wanted a bite of both the meat and starch. The mixture of the tastes were so amazing! I hope everyone else enjoys it!