Menu

Well Rounded Recipes: Orzo and Pesto

These healthy springtime dishes are perfect for a new mom.

Well Rounded Recipes: Orzo and Pesto

Springtime calls for lightened up, fresh flavors. These two recipes are great for afternoon mommy-gatherings and playdates. They’re both free of gluten, dairy and soy and loaded with protein and fiber so you can feel good about eat nourishing bite.

Serve the orzo as a main dish or a side dish alongside sandwiches or a tender green salad with fresh fruit. Try the pesto served atop gluten-free whole grain crackers as well as in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches and wraps. It’s also a great dip to serve with tortilla chips or tossed into a gluten-free pasta dish.

Both recipes are versatile and can be served in numerous ways for luncheons or baby showers, too! You may choose to serve these springtime recipes al fresco in the sunshine or indoors when it showers.

FEATURED VIDEO

Warm Weather Sundried Tomato & Garlic Orzo

This orzo dish can be prepared and served on the dinner table for a weeknight meal in less than 30 minutes. Leftovers are great the next day served over a bed of dark leafy greens such as baby spinach or baby kale. The hummus and almonds give you a hearty dose of protein to keep you satisfied and give you energy for your day, whether you are nursing or running after the little ones. Extra-virgin olive oil, sundried tomatoes and garlic make this dish dance when they’re tossed with the cooked pasta. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4

12 oz. gluten-free orzo pasta

1 garlic clove, minced

4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 lbs. fresh baby spinach

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup plain hummus

3 tbsp. whole almonds

10 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and place pasta back in the empty pot. Add garlic and olive oil; cook for 3 minutes. Add spinach, sea salt and pepper; cook for another 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

2. Remove from heat; add in hummus and sundried tomatoes. Transfer to a large serving bowl and top with almonds.

Spring Almond Spinach Dairy-Free Pesto

This is an easy homemade condiment that you can serve on gluten-free whole grain crackers or toast. It also makes a lovely topping for sandwiches and burgers in place of mustard or mayo. It’s full of protein from the almonds and lots of fiber as well as antioxidants and nutrients in the organic spinach and garlic to keep you and your baby healthy!

Makes 1 cup

· 4 cups organic baby spinach (such as Earthbound Farm)

· ¼ cup slivered almonds

· 4 Tbsp. olive oil

· 1 large garlic clove

· Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a food processor, pulse ingredients until it forms a pesto consistency-smooth yet a little chunky if desired. Serve with gluten-free toast or crackers.

Photography by The Healthy Apple.

In This Article

    These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

    It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

    When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

    But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

    I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

    So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

    It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

    But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


    Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin


    Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

    Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

    Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

    Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


    This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

    Our Partners

    Here are the self-care items you desperately need right now

    Self care is not enough, but with the news, the ongoing pandemic and just life, it can't hurt to self-pamper to make the world feel less heavy.

    @stefiakti/Twenty20

    This week has felt like a month. Between the debate, Chrissy Teigen's heartbreaking news and now with President Trump tweeting that he and Melania have tested positive for COVID-19 it's hard to not feel overwhelmed. On top of that, we are still in a never ending historical pandemic, people are still losing their jobs and moms, well, we are at the end of our rope.

    Yes, motherhood is political, and no, self care is not enough to fix burn out, but if all you need right now is to turn off your phone and cozy up to a soft blanket because you've had enough, I hear you. Hard same. So we picked some stuff for you to buy and pamper yourself. No regrets, we all deserve some self-love right now.

    Here are things that will make you feel hugged:

    Keep reading Show less
    Shop

    100 unusual + surprising baby name ideas

    From Adelia to Ziggy.

    Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

    Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

    Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


    Keep reading Show less
    Learn + Play