What We Eat – Mediterranean Orzo Salad

As you have seen from earlier posts, we have featured many delicious recipes from Oregon State University’s Moore Family Center. This time, we feature a orzo salad recipe from the 2014 tailgate competition, which is tasty served as a hot dinner with grilled chicken. Though, this recipe is also a perfect left-over, which I am currently munching on, served cold for my lunch – so versatile!

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Total Pre/Cooking time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings: 5 – 6

Servings Size: ½ cup
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 2-­3 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups of kale, diced
  • 1 cup of fresh basil, minced
  • ½ cup of fat-­reduced feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil, salt & pepper for seasoning

Directions:

  1. Marinade thinly sliced zucchini in balsamic vinegar and a mix of 2-3 tsp. olive oil, in addition to salt and pepper (as preferred). Let the marinated zucchini slices sit for a couple of hours or overnight (don’t throw the marinade out when finally removing the slices!).
  2. Cook orzo according to package. While the orzo is cooking, heat oil and sauté the zucchini slices. When they are golden brown on both sides, put them on a plate covered with paper towels to remove leftover oil.
  3. Use the same pan to sauté the kale, add the diced bell pepper a few minutes later, and finally the diced tomato. After letting it cook for a few minutes, add the marinade from the zucchini slices as sauce to the pan. Let it cook on low heat for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add crispy zucchini slices and orzo to the pan; stir and add pepper and salt as preferred.
  5. Take the pan from the stove; add fresh basil and feta cheese, and mix well. The salad may be served warm or cold, depending on personal preference.

Give Your Kids a Lifetime of Smiles

True or False: Baby teeth need to be brushed.

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If you answered true, you’re correct! Not only are baby teeth needed to chew and talk, they also act as placeholders in the jaws for permanent teeth growing under the gums. Providing your kids with good dental care from the very start can help protect their teeth – and smiles — for decades to come!

 

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February), here are some additional things to know about caring for your children’s teeth.

 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. What else can you do at home to foster healthy habits?

 

  • Start early. Clean your newborn’s mouth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. Start brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth (usually between six to 12 months). When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
  • Brush for them. Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with the appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste (See “Quantity counts” below).
  • Think 2 x 2: Two minutes, two times per day.
  • Quantity counts. For children younger than three years, use a tiny dab of toothpaste — about the size of a grain of rice. For children three to six years of age, use a pea-sized amount.
  • Supervise. Watch you children brush to make sure they use of the right amount of toothpaste and that they brush for a full two minutes. Also remind them not to swallow the toothpaste!
  • Make it fun! Music makes everything better, right? Visit Mouthhealthy.org/en/kids-brushing-playlist for a variety of family-friendly brushing songs.

 

Remember, the time you spend now helping your kids develop good dental care habits will pay off in a lifetime of healthy smiles!

 

Resources:

Adapted from the ADA’s oral-health information public site: Mouthhealthy.org.