Thursday, October 20, 2011

Orzo with Grilled Chicken, Baby Spinach, Mushrooms, and Asparagus for the Whole Famiy

This is a great meal the whole family can enjoy. It's hearty, healthy, and delicious. It's also really easy to make. It's full of calcium, vitamins A and C, fiber, protein, folate and iron. You can puree this for babies 8+ months, or cut up into tiny pieces for those eating finger foods. When I gave this to my little guy I cut up the asparagus into teeny tiny pieces, almost minced. I was really paranoid about choking, so if you are going to serve as a finger food please make sure to chop the asparagus into really little pieces.

Here's what you need:
1 cup orzo
1 lb asparagus chopped into bite size pieces (almost minced for your little one)
1 package pre-cooked grilled chicken strips (you can find them in any grocery store)
1 container diced tomatoes
1 package organic baby spinach
1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup diced onions
1 tblsp italian seasoning
1 tblsp dried basil leaves
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
Olive oil

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add orzo and cook according to package. While the orzo is cooking, add 2 tsp olive oil to a large deep skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, chicken, basil and italian seasoning. Saute for 8-10 minutes. Drain orzo and add it to the skillet with the vegetables and chicken. Stir in ricotta cheese. Remove your little one's portion and then add a little salt and pepper. Serve (or puree with a little water) and enjoy!


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