Mediterranean Orzo with Meat-free Crispy Tenders

Crispy tenders

Serves 4


1 tsp + 1/2 tbsp Salt, divided
1/8 tsp Turmeric powder
1 cup Orzo
8 pcs Gardein’s 7 Grain Meat-free Crispy Tenders (255g package, frozen)
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
1/2 tbsp Oregano, dried
1 cup Cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup Manzanilla pimento stuffed olives, halved
1/4 cup Feta cheese, crumbled (optional)


1. In a pot over medium high heat, bring 3 cups of water with 1 tsp of salt and turmeric powder to a rolling boil. Add orzo pasta and cook for approximately 10 min or until cooked al dente.

2. Meanwhile, cook crispy tenders according to package instructions.

3. Once orzo is cooked, drain and add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, thyme, oregano, cherry tomatoes, stuffed olives and feta cheese if desired (optional ingredient). Mix well.

4. To serve, top a generous helping of orzo with sliced or cubed crispy tenders and enjoy.

NOTE: The orzo pasta can be eaten hot or cold according to personal preference.

Recipe by Leanne Soochan, Big Carrot Nutritionist

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