Friday, October 19, 2012

Spicy Orzo Pilaf

   We are on the homestretch.  Tomorrow is my husband and my last day of work.  Then in a couple of days we take to the open road!  We have plans for some interesting stops around the country.  East, west, north, and south...coast to coast.  RVing, cooking tasty vegan fare, sightseeing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, visiting family, and spending time in some very unique places.  This is a dream come true for me, I couldn't think of anything I'd want to do more than what we are about to do.
  Well, enough about my awesome life.  Here's a recipe to spice up yours!

Spicy Orzo Pilaf

Spicy Orzo Pilaf

1/4 of a large yellow onion, chopped
1/2 a jalepeno, chopped
1/2 a cayenne pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup peas or edamame beans
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup liquid aminos
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup orzo pasta
3 button white mushrooms, chopped
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach

Medium heat: In a large pan that has a lid, brown orzo in oil, with garlic powder and salt.
Once orzo is toasty golden brown, add jalepeno, cayenne, onion, paprika, garlic, and nutritional yeast.
Reduce heat to low and cover pan, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, add peas (or edamame) and mushrooms.  Simmer another 5 minutes or until orzo is tender.  Remove from heat and stir in spinach.  Let stand 5 minutes.

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