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Meal Prep- Lemony Orzo Salad with Chicken

This salad reminds me of home! The flavor sends me right back warm summer evenings around a table on a patio. I can hear the crickets chirping and smell the citronella candle.


My mom says my version completely wrong and nothing like what we used to make when I was a kid.


Like I said, it reminds me of home.


I don’t know where you live, but here in Charlotte, North Carolina, some variation of pasta salad is a summer staple! Served cold and crisp, it’s completely refreshing on these oppressively hot and humid days.


This meal-prep version makes 4 servings that come in at just $2.82 and 507kcal each. Enjoy!...but make sure your momma knows hers is always better 😉





Lemony Orzo Salad with Chicken

Makes 4 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:


20 oz. of chicken breast

224g (dry) orzo pasta

1 medium red onion

1 large cucumber

1 10.5oz container NatureSweet Chreubs Tomatoes

4 tablespoons Olive Oil (1tbsp per serving)

Splash of lemon juice

Twist’d Q Crazy Chick Lemon Garlic Seasoning


Optional Additions:

Crumbled Feta Cheese

Black olives




Directions:

1. In a saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to boil, add orzo, reduce temperature, cook according to label, strain pasta and set aside.

2. Cube chicken and cook in non-stick pan over medium heat on stovetop, let cool.

3. Finely mince red onion, dice cucumber, and halve cherub tomatoes.

4. Divide vegetables between 4 tupperware containers (~70g cucumber and tomato per container, add red onion as desired). Divide chicken and orzo between 4 containers.

5. Store containers in fridge until ready to eat, top with olive oil and seasoning when ready to serve.




Nutrition Facts (for ¼ recipe including olive oil): 507kcal, 40g Protein, 47g Carbohydrates, 4g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 17g Fat, 2g Saturated fat, & 81mg Cholesterol


Cost Breakdown:

20 oz. Chicken Breast (1.99/lb at Harris Teeter!) $2.49

½ box HT Brand Orzo $.25

1 10.5oz container cherub tomatoes $4.99

Cucumber $.79

Red onion $1.47

4 tbsp EVOO $1.28

Total Price for Recipe: $11.27

Price per Serving: $2.82


What are your go-to cold dishes? I'm always looking for ways to avoid heating up the kitchen during the summer months!

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