Toasted Orzo Skillet With Shrimp

One pot meals are all the rage! If you love Shrimp, you will love this dish! Delicious - combined with orzo, which is basically pasta posing as rice! Haha!


8 oz. (250 g) large frozen, thawed shrimp, peeled and deveined (31-40 per pound)
1 tsp (5 mL) Lemon Pepper Rub
1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 small onion
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) orzo pasta
1¾ cups (425 mL) low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup (125 mL) frozen peas
1 oz. (30 g) pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 lemon
¼ cup (50 mL) fresh parsley leaves


Season the shrimp with the rub. Heat the oil in the 10” (25-cm) Stainless Steel Nonstick Skillet over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes. Add the shrimp and sear for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until they’re lightly browned and pink. Remove the shrimp from the skillet.

Cut the onion into chunks and chop with the Food Chopper.

Add the butter to the skillet and cook until it’s melted. Add the onion, garlic pressed with the Garlic Press, and salt and saute for 1–2 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
This Garlic Press is the best in the world! In my humble opinion, of course. Press garlic without even peeling it first. Use the tool to scoop the peel out so you don’t get those sticky garlic fingers. Then use the bristle end that fits perfectly into all of the holes to easily clean it!

Add the orzo to the skillet. Stir while the orzo is toasting, for about 2–3 minutes.

When the orzo is browned, add the broth and peas. Simmer for 6–8 minutes, uncovered, or until the liquid is absorbed. (You can add more broth as needed if the orzo needs more time.)

Grate the cheese with the Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater. Juice the lemon into the skillet with the Citrus Press. Add the shrimp and half of the cheese; stir. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Use the Herb Mill to grate the parsley over the top of the skillet. Top with remaining cheese.


4 servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving (about 1 cup/250 mL): Calories 360, Total Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol 85 mg, Sodium 790 mg, Carbohydrate 50 g, Fiber 4 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 19 g

Cook’s Tips:

Toasting the orzo develops an unexpected nutty flavor and golden color. Searing the shrimp is such an easy and fast way to get great flavor, color and texture. These two techniques step up this simple weeknight meal.

Star Fruit Taste Test

Star Fruit, or Carambola, is a fruit that is gaining popularity in the United States. There are sweet and tart varieties but they are hard to tell apart.

The edges should be trimmed off but the peel is edible.

They are good for a few days at room temperature or up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Check out the video of me and my 2 year old daughter trying out star fruit for the very first time!

Bottom line: It’s not terrible!

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How to Introduce Solid Food to Baby!

Is your baby showing signs of being ready for solid food?
Signs can include: sitting supported with good head control, watching intently while you eat or even opening their mouth when you open yours, and baby is no longer exhibiting the tongue thrust reflex,

There are other signs as well, including baby’s weight gain. It is recommended to wait until they have doubled in birth weight or are at least 13 pounds.

There has been no evidence that the order in which foods are offered to baby has any impact on future preferences. Most often babies are offered single grain cereals as the introductory solid food.

Baby cereal is a great place to start as it can be mixed with breast milk or formula. The consistency can also be gradually increased as baby learns how to move food around in his or her mouth.

The biggest thing to remember is to only offer one new food every few days. Keep an eye out for any rashes that appear, vomiting or diarrhea. If your child has any reactions, partner with your doctor to discuss any possible treatment and future diet restrictions.

Offer new foods when your baby is in a good mood and not sick. Only offer a small amount, 1 to 2 ounces, and increase it over time

Be sure to track new foods as they may start to run into each other after a while! A great app that I have used to track feedings from birth with both of my little girls is Glow Baby.

Interested in making your own baby foods? There are lots of blenders and food processors that can make pureeing your favorite fruits and vegetables a snap! You can also change the consistency as baby gets older.

Your best bet is to follow baby’s lead and have fun with it! Want to see it in action? Here’s a video of my little one eating green beans for the first time!

2 Ingredient Cake!

Make a cake with 2 ingredients in just 10 minutes!

Mix and match flavors to find your favorite combination. This recipe can be used to make cupcakes, full-size cakes, or any size cake pan that you have.

Cakes can be made in the oven following the baking directions on the box as well as in the microwave. Depending on the size of your microwave, you may need to add more time.

If you love icing but don’t want to spend the time to ice your cake, you can make a lava cake by scooping the entire tub of icing into the middle of your cake batter before baking/microwaving it. (Whipped icing does not work as well in lava cakes.)

Lava cakes are to be served right away while they are still warm to enjoy every bit of gooey icing goodness!

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Rockcrok’s are the powerhouse in the kitchen that can be used anywhere! This can help streamline your cooking process. Start a meal in the microwave or on the stovetop, then finish off in the oven or under the broiler - all in the same pan!

How to Break a New Year's Resolution Instantly!

Does anyone actually complete their New Year’s resolutions anyway?

One of the biggest struggles in my life is timeliness. I have to begin getting ready very early if I want to get anywhere on time, especially when I also have to get my children ready to go as well.

A few hours before midnight this New Year’s Eve, when we got into a conversation about being late, it was decided that being on time should be one of my resolutions. Thus far, I had only made one other resolution, to get my very first passport. While I didn’t necessarily want to, I had to agree that I do run late more often than I should, so I made being on time a resolution for the impending new year.

Fast forward to almost midnight. Here we are all sitting around watching the New York celebration on TV. I decide to go get the toddler into her jammies so she can get right to bed after the midnight celebration. As I’m trying to convince her to stop playing and get into her pajamas, I hear that classic New Year’s music. And at that moment, I realized that it was midnight and I was late to the celebration! There seemed to be a lack of a countdown this year so none of us even realized that it was midnight right away.

So not only was I late for the new year, I took everyone else down with me! We still made sure to celebrate though, better late than never, right?!

About Me

So what’s this page all about anyway?

Let me start by introducing myself! My name is Sarah and I like to be helpful! I decided to start a blog because I really want to help everyone in the same way that I’m always looking for help. Anyone who knows me knows that if I don’t know the answer off the top of my head, I will immediately turn to Google for an answer. I have a love of learning and of sharing the knowledge that I have gained.

The main focuses in my life are my 4 kiddos and food- cooking, preparing, growing, eating… basically anything to do with food! So this blog will be mostly focused on food, though I’m not necessarily a foodie!

In the Summer, I will have a garden with lots of yummy food. This past Summer was my first time having a garden. It was pretty successful, but it was definitely a learning process. Indoor seeding will begin soon.

I will also be sharing recipes that I have made or will be making again. I will also be doing some How-To posts to share some knowledge about various (mostly food-related) topics!

I hope you will follow me on one of my various social media pages to see my new posts as they come out and are shared for everyone to see!

Thank you!