Monday, March 5, 2012

The Easiest Vegetarian Dish Ever Recipe

A few weeks ago, we saw a documentary called "Forks Over Knives" and it scared the heck out of us. Basically the documentary talks about how a meat based diet can really make you sick. Of course, it is not just meat but the crappy meat filled with antibiotics and chemicals and all the processed foods we eat.

Anyhow, after watching that we both decided that maybe it is time we eat less meat. Now we aren't becoming vegetarians but maybe part time vegetarians. There are dishes I make that have no meat but we still eat a lot of meat.

I am also listening to a book called "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. Well, in this book her family moves to the family farm and tries to eat only local and seasonal food. It is a fascinating book with tons of information and great tips about how to eat better. I am in love with book but, then again, I love all her books! If you have never read a Barbara Kingsolver book, GO BUY ONE NOW! The "Poisonwood Bible" is amazing!

I am not going to preach because I am so guilty of being a bad and unhealthy eater. Even now when I have the information to make me eat better, I still eat junk. I am hoping if we take baby steps, we can slowly move toward a plant based diet and maybe lose weight and get healthier.

I make a wonderful orzo pasta dish that is now going to become a staple in our household. Right now we are still eating meat but I am trying to switch out maybe 2 to 3 meals a week to a vegetarian meal. It's a start, right?

Anyway, here is my willy-nilly recipe for the easiest veggie dish ever!

First get some cherry tomatoes and spinach. I use frozen spinach because you would have to use a lot of fresh spinach to match the amount of frozen spinach. Saute the cherry tomatoes and spinach in a little olive oil and fresh garlic. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. In the meantime boil the orzo. Once the orzo is done add it to the spinach and cherry tomato mixture. That's it. Serve with a little shaved Parmesan on top and it is delicious.

You can serve this as an entree or side dish. Yummo!! I am hoping to have some new veggie recipes in the future!


  1. That sounds so delicious! I need numbers though, measurements, etc. Give them to me!

    I eat meat very rarely too. I try to make myself eat it once a week or so for the protein, but I much prefer a vegetarian diet.

  2. I watched Forks over Knives too. Wish we could give it up. Were working on going part time... :/ Pinterest has tons of plant based diets as well. First thing I did after watching the documentary. LOL.

  3. food, Inc. did this for me. I have never recovered from what i saw and that was years ago!! it is however, fun to come up with new ways to get your protein. my biggest complaint about it is that most other sources have more calories than chicken does. So, I still do eat a lot of the bird, bawk bawk...

    You always have great recipe ideas!! i want to hire you lol

  4. Can you believe I have NEVER eaten orzo!? It looks awesome though! And I love anything with fresh cooked spinach... Mmmmm

  5. Excellent! We had been looking for a nudge to get back to veganism, and Forks Over Knives was more like a violent shove. Now I'm reading The China Study. Very, very incriminating stuff about animal proteins (specifically dairy, generally all animal products).

    The Good Luck Duck