Unexpected Valentine’s Day Dinner

Last night I was planning on making a beautiful shrimp and lemon risotto. It’s something that I make every once in a while, but it takes a bit of planning, a lot of stirring and Will loves it. But I got distracted, and dinnertime caught up with me. Then I got a take out recommendation from a friend…but really…we’re trying to be a little better with our FABULOUS lifestyle…so I wanted to make something special, that tasted decadent, but was all made from what I already had.

Shrimp, Spinach Orzo was Born. It’s actually really, really easy. I made it up. Yesterday. I would eat it again (if Will hadn’t taken it all for lunch today!)

Ready? This is what I used;

1 cup orzo

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

1 lemon halved for squeezing

1 clove garlic

1/4 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (I buy 1 lb bags frozen when they go on sale)

1/4 bag of spinach, washed

1/4 cup parm cheese

2.5 cups chicken stock

salt and pepper to taste

I warmed up a saute pan with olive oil on a medium-high burner and had Zara add the minced garlic and orzo. Zara stirred until the orzo was coated with oil, about 2 minutes. She then added the chicken stock and let the mixture simmer for 8 minutes. She then added the butter while I squeezed the lemon into the mixture (beware of the pips!). Z stirred well, while I reduced the heat to low. Now let the mixture simmer another 8 minutes. You should see that the liquid is greatly reduced. Next I added shrimp and spinach, Z stirred and I covered the pan making sure there was a little room for the steam to escape. We checked 4 minutes later. The liquid had almost reduced and the shrimp were pink. I let Zara liberally throw in cheese and I turned off the heat. We stirred through and then tasted. Salt and pepper as you like (I add lots of pepper and no salt because of the stock and cheese).

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It has that creamy butter lemon sauce that coats the orzo and shrimp and the cheese incorporates the spinach without making it taste wilted (even though it’s wilted). It was a fantastic valentine’s day meal, even if I hadn’t planned it! I served with a sweet potato and wine (of course!). Z had it with a hot dog and some carrots.

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About emellt

I love all things food and my plan is to my children feel the same way, one meal at a time. By sharing my recipes, activities and adaptations of others, I hope to get my, and your kids in the kitchen!
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One Response to Unexpected Valentine’s Day Dinner

  1. hippyma says:

    That’s another thing I miss, orzo!! I do this dish w/rice quite a bit here (similar) – we love it!! good recipe 🙂

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