The Roasted Broccoli Orzo Bowl is the second recipe to come out of my childhood obsession with broccoli, garlic and olive oil. Designed to be a companion meal to the Mushroom-Pancetta Wraps with Broccoli-Garlic Purée, you’ll see overlap in the preparation — you can use half an 8 oz. package of cremini mushrooms for the wraps and half for the bowls. The same for the red onion and the Bocconcini. And if you make extra of the garlic-infused olive oil, well, that will do for both as well.
What you won’t see — or taste, for that matter — is anything boring or repetitive.
Roasting the broccoli brings out a different flavor profile. The mouthfeel of orzo — a critical component of whiskey- and wine-tasting that’s seriously not mentioned often enough in our everyday eating — is fresh and light. The chicken adds a bit of heartiness and protein without feeling overwhelming.
How the Roasted Broccoli Orzo Bowl became my moment of zen
Let me tell you a story about this recipe, and why I love prepping my meals in advance.
I made Roasted Broccoli Orzo Bowls for myself earlier in the week and stored extra of all the components in separate containers in my fridge.
I had a REALLY long day at work today. When I came home, I knew I had to feed my animals and gear up for round two before I could relax. I’m going on vacation next week, so this weekend is craaaaazy.
As soon as I walked in the door, I put a nonstick skillet on the stove and grabbed the containers from the fridge along with the cat food.
With cats weaving in and out beneath my feet and my dog whining in excitement, I tossed the mushrooms, chicken, orzo, and broccoli together into a skillet over medium heat, plopped a lid on top, and let my dinner warm.
By the time I’d fed the Wild Kingdom, the skillet had done its job. I grabbed a Bocconcini and some slices of red onion. I tossed them in a bowl with the warmed-through orzo, chicken, and veggies. Presto! Dinner was done!
It was ready to go so quickly and tasted so good that I decided to stop and take a breath — to treat myself to dinner outside on the patio instead of going immediately back to work.
The Savour philosophy isn’t just about cooking and eating. It’s about cooking and eating WELL. It’s about reclaiming your life.
Sometimes even I need help remembering that!