Lemon Orzo Chickpea Salad

With as hot as it has been here in Houston, I find myself craving cool salads for dinner, but not always green salad. Many times pasta salads and potato salads are loaded with mayonnaise, making them a not so healthy choice. By using orzo (a small, delicate pasta similarly shaped to rice) and an olive oil based dressing, the salad has a lite and refreshing texture. This lemon chickpea orzo salad was easy to pull together after a day at work and serve cool with grilled chicken. There was not too much chopping or mixing, which I appreciate when time is limited. The hint of lemon in the dressing was refreshing and crisp! I found the original recipe here, but made a few modifications to make it my own.

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Lemon Salmon with Basil, Tomato and Red Wine Vinaigrette Orzo

Last summer, my husband and I went with my extended family on an Alaskan cruise which was incredible! And talk about amazing seafood! I have always enjoyed salmon, but since that trip, I cannot get enough of it. And, the health benefits are even more of an incentive to eat it.  The omega 3 fatty acid content (also known as a type of essential fatty acid) as well as it being a great source of lean protein are a few reasons why you should aim to include salmon in your menu rotation. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty fish per week, like salmon, for the heart health benefit of Omega 3’s.  In addition, these nutrients are beneficial for brain function and have anti-inflammatory properties that play a role in prevention of other illness and disease. The body does not make omega- 3 fatty acids, so it is important that a person’s diet provides these nutrients.

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