ORZO SALAD WITH ARTICHOKES, TOMATOES, CHICKPEAS & LEMON BASIL DRESSING

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When people say they want to be healthier and go on various diets we all know most of the time they give in and eat the junk of their cravings. The will to eat healthy, like new year’s resolutions,  often breaks after a few days or a week at most. There is too much tasty junk our bodies develop cravings for, which means that people have to search to find tasty healthy foods. Here we have done the searching for you and are showcasing orzo salad with artichokes, tomatoes, chickpeas and lemon basil dressing. This salad won’t break your goal since it appeals to your taste buds as well as to your desire to be the healthiest you possible. Hopefully this recipe will bring new meaning to the words “I’ll have a salad” to you, your friends and family at your next meal.

What we like about this recipe:

The presence of lemons which is good for helping speed up your metabolism due to hydrochloric acid breaking down the proteins in the body.

Olive oil helps reduce bad cholesterol and encourages good cholesterol in the body.

Tomatoes provide a great form of hydration and full of vitamins and minerals needed by your body

ORZO SALAD WITH ARTICHOKES, TOMATOES, CHICKPEAS & LEMON BASIL DRESSING

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups vegetable broth (you can use water)
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 cup chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Lemon Basil Dressing:
3/4 cup basil leaves, packed
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo. Cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo through a strainer and rinse with cold water. Drain completely and transfer the orzo to a large bowl.

2. Add the chickpeas, artichokes, and tomatoes to the orzo. Stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

3. To make the dressing: in a blender or food processor, blend the basil, garlic, salt, and lemon juice until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil. Blend until combined.

4. Pour dressing over orzo salad and stir until well combined. Serve salad immediately or chilled.

God provides all we need to eat clean.

From Our Heart to Yours

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