Orzo is much denser than regular pastas, which are typically filled with air or have a hole in the center. It is often flavored with light pasta sauces or fresh olive oil, along with popular organic fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, spinach, asparagus or lemon.
We often almost cringe when we hear the word pasta, as it is so high in carbohydrates. Orzo is surprisingly low in caloric intake, at about 200 calories per serving. Much of the calories from orzo do come from its high carbohydrate content, however though it is high in carbohydrates, it is also very low in fat. Orzo is also very high in fiber, which will give you a great boost of energy during your day. Not only that, one serving of orzo gives you ten percent of your daily iron intake, which can be increased when adding spinach to your pasta dish.
One of my favorite orzo pasta dishes is Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus & Tomato, which I get almost weekly for lunch at Fresh Market or Whole Foods, however the truth is, it's extremely easy to make on your own! Even better, it can be served hot, room temp or cold, depending on your family's schedule. All you'll need is a 12 ounce box of orzo, organic asparagus, cherry tomatoes, lemon, EVOO, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Simply boil 2 pots of water, using one for blanching your asparagus, and one for the orzo. Once cooked, mix together all ingredients, and top with parsley and parmesan (optional), and voila! You've got an amazingly healthy summer salad to boost your energy, and fuel your body!