I have been a fan of the Cozi family organizer website and phone app for years. It is the ultimate way for me to organize my shopping lists, to-do lists, calendar, contacts and more. I can quickly save recipes from anywhere on the web and have them added to my Cozi recipe box. I can use the meal planner to plan meals for the week and then I can add all the ingredients from the recipes to my grocery list. And the best part? I can access all of it on my phone. Oh wait, even better?…. My husband can also access lists from his phone. “Hey hunny, can you pick up a few things from the grocery on your way home? It’s on the grocery list.”
No this is not a sponsored post, I just feel that this has made life soo much easier for me, especially as a avid recipe adventurer, mother and Type-A planner.
So this weeks meal highlight is a recipe straight from the Cozi blog. This Beef Orzo Skillet is a easy, hearty, AND it’s a one pot wonder. Ahh, sigh- I love a good one pot meal. I make a couple modifications to the recipe to try to make it a little healthier, which I have outlined below. Enjoy!
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound
ground beef– (I use ground turkey)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes ( I use the garlic, basil, oregano flavor)
- 1 1/2 cups low sodium
beef broth– (I use vegetable or chicken)
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces
orzo pasta, dried (1 cup) – (I use whole wheat orzo, or substitue Cauliflower in lieu of the pasta)
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed. (Several cups of fresh spinach works well, too)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Sprinkle salt into a 10 to 12 inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pan and cook, stirring often, until meat begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium, stir in onion, and continue to cook, stirring, until onion is soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Spoon off and discard excess fat.
- Add garlic, tomatoes (break them up with a spoon) and their liquid, broth, oregano, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil then stir in pasta. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently until pasta is tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, squeeze as much liquid as possible from spinach. Stir spinach into pasta mixture just until heated through.
- Serve with cheese to sprinkle on top.