With marathon training in full gear, I’ve switched my diet from a protein focus to a carb focus. I’ve been stepping outside my box and trying a LOT of new things, like making my own energy chews and bites (more on those to come).
This week, I tested out a new recipe for dinner: Orzo with Citrus “Cooked” Veggies! It was super simple and incredibly tasty. The recipe was inspired by one from No-Meat Athlete, a marathon training guide I highly recommend for any vegetarian.
I had never made citrus cooked veggies before. Basically, you put all your veggies in a bowl with some spices and squeeze citrus juices into the mix. The citrus “cooks” the veggies by helping to pull out all the flavor of the veggies and spices. You just let the veggies sit in the citrus juices while the orzo cooks, mix it all together and voila – a delicious dinner is ready in minutes.
I love meals that are packed with flavor and only take 10 minutes to make, and this is definitely one of those dishes. After long days at work this week, I’ve enjoyed coming home and grabbing a bowl of this orzo veggie delight (I’ve been eating the leftovers cold, and it’s just as good!).
Better yet, you can easily make this recipe your own. Use a different combo of veggies, sub in brown rice/quinoa/different type of pasta for the orzo, and use a vegan cheese substitute or just nix the cheese all together.
What is your favorite healthy carb dinner? Do you have a go-to meal during training?