Whole Wheat Orzo Tabouleh

This light pasta dish is low-fat and low-calorie, but chock full of taste. Made with fresh herbs and spices, this orzo tabouleh is the perfect healthy dinner to serve your family tonight!


Pasta doesn't have to be boring, nor does it have to be fattening. This Whole Wheat Orzo Tabouleh proves that with some healthy ingredients and flavorful herbs and spices, a pasta dinner can be delicious and satisfying. 

This recipe is made with fresh parsley, mint, garlic and lemon juice, and is chock full of veggies, including cucumber and tomatoes (those are technically fruits, but you get the idea). 

Serve this delicious recipe for a light and satisfying meal for the whole family. It's perfect as a dinner, or a light lunch option. This pasta dish also goes perfectly with a side salad and choice of protein, such as chicken or salmon. Check out more healthy pasta recipes from Pasta Fits for a smart dinner alternatives. 

Ingredients
  • 1/2-pound whole wheat orzo
  • 3/4 cup (1/2 ounce) thinly sliced scallions (about 3)
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounce) chopped hothouse cucumber
  • 1 cup (1 ounce) roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 ounce) finely chopped mint
  • 2 cups (12 ounce) roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the orzo according to package directions.

Drain and reserve.

Cool completely before adding scallions, cucumbers, parsley, mint, and other ingredients to the orzo. Toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Makes: Eight 1-cup servings. 

Nutrition facts: 195 calories, 9 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 26 gcarbohydrate, 5 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 304 mg cholesterol, 304 mg sodium

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