This dish of pesto orzo with chicken, broccoli, and beets is so easy to put together for a delicious, healthful meal!
Plus, just look at that color combination! Don’t tell me you don’t love a meal even more when the food is beautiful. I’m a big fan of colorful food, and not just in the form of M&Ms.
Here you can see all of the texture in there without the Feta on top. I would definitely recommend serving this with Feta cheese, though – it packs that perfect savory and salty punch.
This does contain a controversial food: canned beets. But gosh, they just make this dish so tasty and beautiful. I was one of those weird kids that really loved eating canned beets. I’ve also always been obsessed with olives – I remember grabbing a jar from the pantry or fridge and snacking on them like potato chips while watching cartoons.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re so sad you missed out on being friends with me when we were younger.
I still love olives, but good golley, now that I know how much a jar of olives costs, you will not find me feasting on them like I would a bag of popcorn in front of a great movie.
Anyway. I was playing around in my kitchen the other day and came up with this concoction. It’s yummy, easy to throw together, and so healthy for you! It doesn’t call for a zillion ingredients, and most of these I’d have in my pantry or my fridge anyway, so again, just an easy weeknight meal to throw together.
My 2.5-year-old digs for the beets in her bowl when I make this recipe. #mamasgirl
Enjoy this delightful meal with your family around the dinner table!
Serve it alongside this delicious strawberry spinach salad and you’re sure to get lots of hugs by the end of supper! 🙂
- 2 c chicken broth
- 1 c dried orzo
- 1 tbsp butter
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 lb raw chicken breast
- 1 tbsp basil pesto
- 1 c shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 15oz can cut beets, drained
- 16 oz steamable bag frozen broccoli*
- Feta cheese for topping
*You can also use fresh broccoli for this, but to make this dish even simpler to assemble, frozen broccoli in a steamable bag is just fine!