Electric Orzo #vegan

Every month, we get a magazine from our local electric co-op. The magazine is Electric Consumer, and it’s online. Charlie often tears recipes out of it and tries them or gives them to me to try. We’ve had some excellent meals out of it.

This month, they had a recipe for Mushroom Orzo Pilaf, and Charlie tore it out. Alas! I only had a little bit of orzo, and no rosemary. So I reduced the quantities of everything, used dill weed instead of rosemary, and added some baby lima beans. Not the same, but still excellent!

MushroomOrzoMushroom Orzo Pilaf

  • olive oil
  • onion, diced
  • sliced mushrooms
  • carrot, sliced
  • salt
  • minced garlic
  • orzo
  • twice as much veg broth as orzo
  • lima beans
  • chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped fresh rosemary (or dried dill weed or whatever)

Heat the oil. cook the onion, mushrooms, and carrots. Salt them and stir occasionally, until the veg are tender. Add garlic and cook another few seconds. Add orzo, rosemary (or dill or whatever), lima beans, and veg stock. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 10 minutes. Stir in parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with grated cheese, if you want to. (We didn’t, for a change!)

Looks like the dog’s breakfast, but tastes great!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a character named Rosemary, who isn’t there when she’s needed.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Electric Orzo #vegan

  1. Jane

    November 18, 2015 at 8:45am

    Thanks for the laugh and the recipe. That Rosemary chick is nevere there when you need her!

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  2. Dan

    November 18, 2015 at 7:51pm

    I think I might like it, but without the lima beans.

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      Marian Allen

      November 19, 2015 at 8:12am

      Many people do not like lima beans. Good! That leaves more for me! Om-nom-nom-nom-nom. Sure, leave out the lima beans and substitute cubed cooked chicken. Or bacon. Or both. 😀

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