Posted in Pasta dish, Side Dishes, Vegetables

Pasta side dish…

Orzo with Goat Cheese and Spinach

This is an easy pasta side dish that can go with just about anything.  The goat cheese melts when you stir it in the orzo making it creamy with a tangy cheesy flavor.  The spinach offers color, a subtle flavor and all those great vitamins that only a green leafy vegetable can provide.

Enjoy your pasta without the guilt…

Creamy Orzo and Spinach

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes + 5 minutes rest time

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 185                                              Fat = 7 grams

Serves 4


2 cloves garlic – minced

2 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 cup orzo pasta

3 cups fresh spinach – chopped

¼ cup crumbled goat cheese


  1. Heat large saucepot on medium high heat, spray with cooking spray and add garlic.  Cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Add broth, increase to high heat and bring broth up to a boil.  Add orzo and thyme and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Remove orzo from heat, add spinach and goat cheese and stir until combined.  Cover the pot for 5 minutes to allow spinach to steam and then transfer to a serving platter.
Posted in Beef, Grilling

Enjoy the BBQ…

We’ve been gone most of the weekend  so I have not had the opportunity to cook home made dinners.  But I do have some  great ideas for this upcoming holiday weekend. Here is a recipe that I have cooked many times for company.    The best thing is that you can make this in advance and heat it up the morning of your BBQ.

Enjoy the BBQ…

Texas BBQ Pork Loin

Serves 8

Pre heat oven 250o or BBQ grill 250o

Prep time:

Cook Time:

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 300                                              Fat = 8 grams

Pork Loin Rub Ingredients:

1 tablespoon finely ground black pepper

½ tablespoon ground oregano

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon celery salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 pounds boneless pork loin


  1. To make the rib rub, combine all the ingredients. Rub over the surface of the pork loin to coat.
  2. If cooking in the oven, place pork in baking pan and cover with aluminum foil.  Cook pork for about 5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 155o.  When cooked, increase oven temperature to broil to brown the meat.
  3. If cooking on the grill, place pork AWAY from direct heat.  Close the BBQ grill for about 5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 150o.  Move the pork directly on the coals to brown until internal temperature reaches 170o.

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup strong coffee

1 cup ketchup

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

½ cup white vinegar

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 jalapeno pepper – minced

3 cloves garlic – minced


  1. Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium low heat.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Cool sauce and pour into a food processor and puree for 30 seconds.
  3. Return sauce to saucepan and heat for 5 minutes or until mixture is warmed.
  4. Serve with pork loin.