Whole Wheat Orzo with Spinach, Chickpea and Lemon
This recipe for Whole Wheat Orzo with Spinach, Chickpea and Lemon is sponsored by Bush’s Beans.
I know a lot of moms try to stock up their freezers right before they have a baby to prepare for those first few weeks of having a newborn. I didn’t. Moving to a new house 3 weeks before Micah was born kind of kept me busy that last month so I really didn’t have the opportunity to make it happen (though, to be honest, I didn’t stock up my freezer before my other babies either…but this time my intentions were really there, I promise!). Thankfully my mom and my grandfather came to the rescue and helped me out by making a ton of meatballs and chicken cutlets to store in my freezer for quickie weeknight meals. My kids could happily eat meatballs several times a week and those chicken cutlets come in extremely handy (great in a salad at lunchtime or as quickie chicken parm for dinner).
Another way we have been enjoying those chicken cutlets for dinner is simply reheated with a squeeze of lemon (truly one of my favorite ways!). When that’s the plan all I need to really worry about at dinnertime is putting together a simple side dish that I know everyone will like. This recipe for Skillet Whole Wheat Orzo with Spinach, Chickpeas and Lemon from Bush’s Beans is my latest simple side dish and I will say it was truly enjoyed by everyone!
I love love love easy side dishes like this one. I made the orzo ahead of time to cut out a little time at dinner prep, and with a few kitchen staples like garbanzo beans, fresh spinach (I always have bags of spinach in the fridge, but you could always use frozen), lemon and feta this dish came together incredibly easy on a busy weeknight. I served it alongside my grandpa’s chicken cutlets, but it would be really great with shrimp, fish or grilled chicken too.
PS…both of my kids finally like chickpeas. You have no idea how happy that makes me. (!!!)
Whole Wheat Orzo with Spinach, Chickpea and Lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped (I used a sweet yellow onion)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (16 oz) can BUSH'S Reduced Sodium Garbanzo Beans, drained (if reduced sodium variety is not available in your area, use regular BUSH's Garbanzo Beans)
- 1/2 cup cooked orzo
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped (or 12 oz frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Heat oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat. Add your onion and garlic and cook until translucent and fragrant.
- Add garbanzo beans (chickpeas), orzo, lemon juice and spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes.
- Top with feta and serve.
Notes: For added nutrition I used whole wheat orzo. I also added a 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes and a couple of tablespoons of toasted pine nuts for extra color and flavor.
A flavorful side dish or vegetarian main dish perfect for any weeknight meal. Recipe courtesy of BUSH's Beans.
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This is amazing comfort food and I love how easy it comes together!
so easy…all my favorite ingredients too 🙂
This is why I LOVE your recipes so much!!! You create the best dishes that are easy to make for busy moms, family friendly, healthy, and DELISH. Can’t wait to try this… pinning to make it asap. What would be another bean to try with this too in lieu of garbanzo? PS ~ I still stand in awe of how you made it through a move AND welcoming your third child. 🙂 Love you Friend!!
I live for easy, family friendly and delish 🙂 Thank you friend! xo
I didn’t make myself any freezer meals either :). I definitely had the intention but….it just didn’t happen. Plus I knew I’d really miss cooking if I made them haha. This looks great. There is something about a lemon pasta dish that is so darn good
I’m so glad I’m not the only one 🙂
I love this! Such an awesome dinner!
I could eat this for lunch every day. Yum!
I didn’t even know they MADE whole wheat orzo! Wonderful news! This looks like such a delicious recipe- love the chickpeas!
Yes! I find it in my grocery store, it’s the Rice Select brand.
What a fantastic side dish! Love it!
This is my ideal meal!! You had me at lemon. 🙂
yum. I love these ingredients. Orzo, feta, spinach, garbanzos and of course lemon! my kind of meal.
I never made meals ahead of time when I had my kids either. Somehow we made it through with family help and quick and easy meals. 🙂 This side dish has such fresh, spring-like flavors that I know it would be a favorite with my family! Even to take as a simple lunch to work.
This sounds like a great meal and I love how you came make it in one pan.
OMG I made this tonight with wheat berries and pomegranates! Loved it!!! Definitely my new favorite recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Yay!! Love that you used wheatberries and pomegranates, sounds delicious!!
This looks so wonderful! On our meal plan for tonight. Just wondering, looks like perhaps there are sundried tomatoes or roasted red peppers added in your photos but I don’t see them in the ingredients list….can you let me know?
Hi Becky! It’s sundried tomatoes, check the note at bottom of recipe I wrote what adjustments I made to the original recipe. Roasted red peppers would be great too!!
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This is my new favorite side dish – so delicious! I subbed gluten free orzo. The leftovers heated up great for me for lunch the next day!
That’s great to hear Andrea!!