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Friday, August 10, 2012

Simple Summer Supper Menu | Lemon Orzo & Squash, Teriyaki Marinated Steak & Heirloom Tomatoes

Our dinners have been really simple lately - just fresh vegetables and some sort of protein like grill steak or fish.  I've enjoyed eating so freshly and seasonably, but needed a little something more... um, interesting.  Is that the right word?  I just needed something that was more complex than sliced vegetables or steamed potatoes.  Yesterday, I made this orzo pasta salad that had sauteed yellow squash, green onions and lemon.   It was a great new dimension to our sweet teriyaki marinated steak and sliced heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella. This would be a great menu for a party.  Everything can be made ahead of time - just throw the steaks on before dinner. 

I can't wait for the leftovers for lunch... 

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad 
with Yellow Squash & Green Onions

1/2 box of orzo pasta
1 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small yellow squash, small dice
8 green onions, sliced
juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Cook the orzo pasta in salted boiling water just until it is cooked, but still firm.  Drain - do not rinse. 

Saute garlic and squash in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until the squash has softened slightly.  Add to the cooked orzo.  Also add the sliced green onions. 

For the dressing, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Pour over the still warm pasta and toss. 


I used a homemade teriyaki marinade for our steaks - it was sweet and spicy... so good.   I'll share the recipe next.

And of course, a staple around our house... slice heirlooms with fresh mozzarella. 


  1. This looks so yummy!!! Your pics are always so bright and clear. I hope you keep doing photo tips!

  2. My cousin and his wife have a grass fed beef farm outside our town and I've been getting amazing cuts from them this month, looks like a winner :)

  3. The lemon orzo sounds DEVINE!!!!!! Must give that a try.

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  5. Jessica9:07 PM

    The lemon orzo was light and flavorful. I added parsley to it but besides that, it was great.

  6. Anonymous10:25 PM

    Can't wait to try! Thank you.

  7. Wow!
    You made making Lemon Orzo & Squash, Teriyaki Marinated Steak & Heirloom Tomatoes seem so simple!
    Would you join us in our food community www.mycookbook.com and let us know how you worked on the Lemon Orzo & Squash, Teriyaki Marinated Steak & Heirloom Tomatoes perfectly ?

  8. I often make an orzo (or risoni, as it's often called here) pasta salad. It's just so easy and always good. Love this version with lemon and squash, great idea!

  9. Michelle12:39 PM

    Hi Jenny....going to make this entire meal on Friday for my family before the first Bears' game. I am having trouble finding your recipe for the homemade teriyaki marinade. Can you point me in the right direction? Love everything that you do!


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