Kasha and Orzo Pilaf
Real Food Moms - Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD, CHHC
This tasty and satisfying dish is a good one for the whole family and is suitable for all ages (toddlers and up). To make it a meal, gently stir in cooked diced chicken or soft white beans at the end of cook time.
1/2 cup whole wheat orzo
1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup kasha
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms (white or button)
1-2 tsp. butter, to taste
1/2 tsp. salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a rapid boil over high heat.
2. Add the orzo, bring to a second boil and cook, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes until orzo is very tender. Drain and set aside.
3. In a medium sauté pan, add broth, water, and carrots and bring to a low boil over medium heat.
4. Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly stir in kasha, mushrooms, butter and salt.
5. Cover and cook about 12 minutes until kasha is soft and all liquid has been absorbed. Gently stir in reserved orzo.
Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD, CHHC are the Real Food Moms and are the authors of "Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler."
makes: About 3.5 cups