Hey lovelies! TGIF! Today started off on an active note with a morning hike in the heat and ended with some fantastic food.
Before hitting the hills, Kyle and I got breakfast at Starbucks. I had a regular Americano with a morning bun and banana. The morning bun was delicious! Sweet, but not overly so. I would definitely recommend it! Kyle had a ham and swiss sandwich that exceeded our expectations as well
Since we’re really smart, we thought of turning on our runkeeper apps to see the elevation changes and distance hiked AFTER being halfway done, but we’re guessing that we covered a little over 4 miles. It was a sweaty, sweaty, sweaty one! We started off with shirts on, but as soon as it was time to trek back up hill, we were ready to rip em off and get our tan on. We live in a really unique area with a chaparral environment. It almost a savannah-like feel to it but the ocean is just a half mile away or so. The trails can take you all around the area, even down to the beach, so Kyle and I are planning on spending a half day or so exploring within the next couple of weeks.
Let me tell you, there’s nothing better after a long hike than a glass of ice cold water! Next time we’ll remember to bring some with us, hopefully.
Now, let’s talk FOOD!
I’ve been eating this garlic lemon shrimp orzo for the past two days and am in love with it’s simple yet delicious flavors. The lemon and garlic work together fantastically and the dish comes together quickly- perfect for busy weeknights!
It’s also man approved by Kyle, who says that he could eat this all day long! I love finding recipes that are simple, healthy, and genuinely tasty!
- 1 lb Orzo (in the pasta section)
- 6 tbsps parsley, chopped
- 1.5 tbsps butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp
- 8 big cloves of garlic, diced
- 2 lemon, juiced
- red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper
- garlic salt (Lawry's is the best), optional
- Cook the orzo in salted water until al dente. Once cooked, move the pasta to a bowl and stir in the parsley, plenty of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
- While the orzo is cooking, melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add in the chopped garlic and cook for a minute.
- Add the shrimp and lemon juice to the pan, seasoning the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. Let the mixture cook for a minute so the flavors merge.
- Combine the shrimp and orzo, mixing to completely.
- For added deliciousness, season with garlic salt! (recommended)
The simple flavors really shine and the garlic mellows out after being cooked. If you’re a big garlic lover like me and aren’t planning on kissing anyone soon, go ahead and add some garlic salt to the mix as well!
Let me know if you try it out! xoxo Christine