Thursday, May 9, 2013

Broccoli Orzo

My friend made this for Little Joy and I one day because her Epicutie, Little Kate, LOVES it. We agree and even my texture picky Little Asher loves it two, with some lower dairy alterations of course. I love it too; I always enjoy a serving at lunch when we make it.

Try this. Try this. Try this.

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 to 2 large bunches of fresh broccoli; alter amount to your taste
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (Parmesan cheese doesn't bother little Asher like most cheeses)
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheese, shredded (I substituted one slice of sharp veggie slices so Little Asher could try it) more or less to your taste
  • splash to one tablespoon milk (we used almond milk)
  • dash pepper
  1. Prepare orzo according to package instructions
  2. Steam broccoli and finely chop
  3. Mix all ingredients together
  4. Serve warm

Timing: 9 months as long as the ingredients have been introduced alone first to determine allergies.

Storage: 3 to 5 days in the fridge. I don't recommend freezing this.

Tip: You can boil the broccoli with the orzo to make this even easier and less clean up. I opt to steam because a) I have a steamer and b) steaming retains more nutrients than boiling. But we are mommys and sometimes we just have to focus on saving time.

Difficulty: 1 out of 5. Other than a purée this might be the easiest recipe I have posted!

Epicutie Rating:

-Little Joy: Yummy in The Tummy; Every time my friend or I has made this for Little Joy she eats it up fast!
Little Asher: Yummy in the Tummy; I was surprised little Asher loved this because he does not like the texture of broccoli; thats why I chop it up real fine. And he loves it. It tastes like broccoli so it's texture not taste. The first time I made this he ate so much I had to cut him off!!

I love to eat this too so it's on put short list now!!! Thanks to Little Kate's mom for letting us post and review the recipe!

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Epicutie #1

Epicutie #1

Little Joy at 2 years, Sept 2012

Epicutie #2

Epicutie #2
Little Frances

Epicutie #3

Epicutie #3
Little Asher at 11 months, Sept 2012

Epicutie #4

Epicutie #4
Little Elizabeth, July 2013
  • Yummy in the Tummy: Epicutie thoroughly enjoyed each bite
  • Somewhat yummy: Epicutie seemed to somewhat enjoy the food at first, but seemed to like it less with subsequent bites
  • Not so sure I like it...yet: Epicutie somewhat rejected the first bites, but seemed intrigued. The next exposure may be better!
  • Confused: Epicutie rejected the first bites, perhaps due to texture or strong flavor.
  • Sour Puss: Epicutie gave a sour face indicating she did not like the food. However--if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!

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