May 17, 2012

CSA Week 5: Orzo with Chicken and Green Beans

I’m now on my 5th week of my CSA with Gruber Farm. I’m really enjoying the variety of each box and how fresh the vegetables are. Every box is a new surprise. Sometimes I don’t even wait until I leave my pickup location to look at what’s inside. DSC_0227 (1024x731)

Week 5 contents:

  • collards
  • broccoli
  • purple potatoes
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • strawberries
  • string beans
  • kale (not pictured – I donated it to one of the nice gym employees)

This face shows how excited I was about the purple potatoes.DSC_0233 (1024x732)

In my right hand are some fancy beets that are known as both “Candy Cane Beets” and “Bullseye Beets” for the striped pattern inside.DSC_0230 (1024x731)

The inside of the purple potatoes are pretty too. They are a purplish color because they contain anthocyanin – the same antioxidant found in blueberries. DSC_0231 (1024x683)

I’ve shared plenty of beet recipes with you: Beets with Yogurt & Walnuts, Citrus Walnut Beet DipBeet Chips, Glazed Beets, and my very favorite Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese.

I’ve even made mashed purple potatoes with goat cheese!

Time for something new. Check out this recipe from my hero, Martha Stewart. Did I choose to share this recipe with you because it contains Orzo? Yes.

Orzo with Chicken, Corn, and Green Beans


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound orzo
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 whole roasted chicken, (3 pounds), skin discarded, shredded (about 3 1/2 cups)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo until al dente, according to package instructions; add green beans during last 6 minutes of cooking. Drain; rinse under cold water until cooled.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add corn and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Toss pasta and green beans with corn mixture and chicken. Season generously with salt and pepper.


You can make this in about 20 minutes! And when you pick up that box of orzo, I hope you think of me. 😉

I pretty much just asked for a slew of tweets of orzo pictures, didn’t I?

Tonight is the first meeting of the book club I organized last month. I’m so excited to have everyone over to discuss Fifty Shades of Grey. I  can just imagine the conversations we’ll have…

What’s your favorite green vegetable?

Are you in a book club? What are you reading right now?

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  • Love the looks of this recipe! Martha never lets me down. 😉

    I’m not in a book club, but my friend and I are actually thinking of starting one for the summer! I was reading Stories from the Vinyl Cafe, but then I got distracted by Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and now I’m reading that from cover to cover!

  • Amanda H.

    Can’t wait for book club tonight!!

  • I’m not in a book club, but I’d love to attend yours! That was actually on my list of things to find in Charleston once I get there!

  • Sadly, my book club hasn’t met since before Christmas.  I think I’ll text everyone now to suggest getting back together.  Maybe I’ll recommend 50 Shades as our next book….I hear it would lead to very interesting group conversations.

    • haha yeah, tonight should be interesting. i’ll do a recap!

  • Chad @ Thebreakupnote

    Love the recipe, love the blog, love the beet recipe links.  Linked back!

  • Brandt Prince

    I am currently reading “The Five Words Your Wife Loves to Hear” I have been through Chapters 1-4 so far, “Shopping” “Wine” “Foot Massages”, and “Chocolate”. I am still trying to muster up the nerve to read the last chapter, “Yes Dear, Anything you want”

    • are you really reading that? amazing husband award goes to YOU.

      • Brandt Prince

         Not really, i think I need to write that book

  • Maggie McCraw

    I didn’t know you were back “on” chicken! Yay!

  • I love purple potatoes – so pretty. My last book club disintegrated haha but now I’m reading Bossypants by Tina Fey.

  • Wish I lived there already so that I could attend the book club meeting! I am sure y’all will have so much fun! 

  • Paige

    I’m jealous I didn’t get any beets! I made oven fries out of the purple potatoes which was a big hit with the kids

    • oh shoot, i should have clarified — the beets were from the farmer’s market.

  • I’ve never had orzo before but this recipe sounds delicious!
    hope you enjoyed book club – fifty shades of grey seems to be like a very interesting book! 

  • I LOVE the name candy cane beets! Now I’m craving a peppermint hot chocolate and christmas. Too bad its May…

    Haha, love the sounds of your book club tonight, should have some interesting convos going on

  • Katherine

    Oh, my!!! Yum! I LOVE coconut ice cream too!


  • YUM! This recipe looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it out!! And oh Lordy, I just finished reading Fifty Shades of Gray… you’ll have to give us a recap on the book club!

  • OH MAN I was inspired to read 50 shades of grey by none other than you and….yikes I can only imagine what your book club meeting is going to be like! I’m actually sort of struggling with the book – I always loved those 2-3 page excerpts of saucy novels in Cosmo when I was in high school but an entire book of ridiculously implausible sex scenes is a bit much to take. Two pages in when the protagonist was referring to her future flame as the “epitome of male beauty,” it was all I could do not to gag all over my kindle.

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