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Orzo With Chicken & Asiago


Today should be an interesting day. M starts swim classes.

I keep wondering in my head… can they actually teach an eleven month old how to swim?? I’m assuming it’ll just be bunch of babies floating in the water to music. I’m thinking she’s either gonna love it… or it’ll be a massive nightmare.

We were searching for a swimsuit all weekend long. One would think buying a swimsuit for a baby would be easy.

All I wanted was a simple swimsuit. Nothing fluffy or shiny.

Did you know that majority of baby swimsuits have tutu’s attached to them?!!?

And the amount of baby bikinis in unreal. Don’t get me wrong… they’re cute and all, but if I put my daughter in a bikini… her buddha belly with baby dimples would be popping out… and then all I would do is laugh her because its just so darn cute!

The next question is “What do I where?”

Obviously I need a swimsuit… but what does a mom where to swim classes?

The last time I wore a swimsuit was the summer of 2008… right before I was pregnant.

This isn’t a beach… or Bay Watch… so I thought a bikini would be inappropriate…

A one-piece seemed too “mom-like” for me….

I settled on a tankini from Old Navy. It’s modest and doesn’t scream “soccer mom.”

I’ll have a full report of the class tomorrow πŸ˜‰


If you haven’t noticed… I have a little obsession with orzo pasta.

I found this recipe on Cooking Light and changed it up a bit.


This meal was soooo easy to make! When I say this meal takes thirty minutes to cook… thats an overstatement!


  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups cook chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of one large lemon, or two small lemon
  • 1 cup grated asiago cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


Pour chicken broth into large sauce pan. Add minced garlic to broth. Bring to a boil. Cook orzo in chicken broth (about 10 minutes).

Once orzo is cooked, add cooked chicken, peas, rosemary, and lemon juice. Stir through. Slowly stir in asiago cheese. Add salt & pepper to taste.


23 Responses

  1. MelissaNibbles said on April 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I love the combo of peas and asiago. I’ll be making this recipe for sure!

    Good luck with the swim class. I didn’t learn to swim until I was 10. They start so young with everything these days!

  2. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on April 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I would say your tankini is a good choice. Let us know how it goes! Hopefully, M will give you less trouble than I gave my mom πŸ˜•

    This one looks out of the park again. I’m all about easy, delicious and healthy recipes. Nice work!

  3. kat said on April 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

    My mom actually wore a one piece with surf shorts. It was fine. My bro however HATED his first lesson because he jumped in before the instructer was ready and he was under water for the like 5 second. He was horrified for a while after that. So I’d say just stay near her and it’ll all be good πŸ™‚

  4. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on April 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

    You’ll rock the tankini πŸ˜€ As for the baby swimsuits…the only ones I’m picturing have tutus lol. I hope the swim lessons go well!

  5. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on April 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I still remember the mom and tot class I took when I was 4. I loved it! And yes, my swimsuit had a tutu.

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on April 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    i ADORE orzo pasta…any combo with that in it and i’m in! and peas are SO GOOD right now – sounds like a must-have!

  7. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    This looks great. I love orzo, too. Good luck with the swim lessons. As long as there’s no crying involved, it should be a success.

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet said on April 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Love orzo!! Looks delicious, girl. πŸ™‚

  9. Nicole, RD said on April 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’ll have to make this orzo recipe with the leftover orzo from the Asian Chicken Orzo Salad. I made it as a taste test at work today. They’re all munching on it right now and it is getting rave reviews πŸ™‚

    I hope M has a fun time swimming. I’m guessing she’ll love it πŸ™‚

  10. Kalli@fitandfortysomething said on April 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    i love cooking light recipes! this one looks delicious πŸ™‚

  11. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on April 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I’m just smiling of the baby bikini image! Can’t wait to hear about how it went! I used to take the girl I nannied for on Sunday mornings – memories! πŸ™‚

  12. Mo@MommyRD said on April 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I can’t wait to hear how it goes! We have our second lesson tomorrow. Yes, all we did was floating around the first lesson. And isn’t it funny, I had the same feeling about what I should wear.
    BTW, Target had some great baby one piece suits. I couldn’t do the baby bikini either.

  13. katie said on April 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    oh my gah i LOVE orzo!! i thought it was so weird when i first tried it-but now i love it! this is an amazing meal!

  14. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Haha bathing suites and mommyhood! It is such a bizarre transition. I love my tankini! I would definitely not do the bikini…it feels like I am wearing my underwear! I have 2 boys so the budha bellies are always out and cute! Your little one is so cute…budha belly and all!

  15. carolyn said on April 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    baby bathing suits always crack me up, esp those teeny tiny bikinis! hope you had fun! and orzo is my weeknight meal secret weapon. i like this asiago and pea combo!

  16. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on April 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to see a picture of your bebe in her suit!!! I bet she is adorable in it!!

    Love orzo– such a nice change of pace from regular pasta!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I love orzo and havent made it in years…dont know why. Anyway though, great eats and have an awesome week!

  18. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on April 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I love orzo… I also love your plate

  19. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on April 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Bathing suit season…HATE IT!!! I wish it was cute for grown ups to look cute with a big ole belly! πŸ˜‰

  20. Ameena said on April 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Old Navy has the best swimwear….I bought a $7 swimsuit and I’ve recived so many compliments on it! Yes, that was $7!!

    Have a great time today! You and M will love it.

  21. said on April 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I am new to your blog and I think it is great! Orzo pasta is a favorite around here and that recipe looks awesome. I am going to give it a try.

    Good luck with the swim lessons. Your swim suit sounds cute!

  22. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on April 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I love anything with peas and orzo, great recipe! I can’t wait to hear about your daughter’s swim lessons, good luck to her (and you!)

  23. lynn @ the actors diet said on April 15, 2010 at 1:35 am

    i love orzo! i wonder if they make a whole wheat version…