Whole Wheat Orzo Risotto with Shrimp and Artichoke Hearts (low-fat)

Inspired by Ellie Krieger’s Herbed Salmon and Orzo Casserole with Feta. I love the way she cooks the orzo in minimal liquid. It adds a yummy creaminess.

Serves 2


  • 1 (12oz) package frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup whole wheat orzo
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups water or broth
  • 12 large raw shrimp (21-30 count)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups greens (kale, Swiss chard, spinach)
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Spices – Whatever you like -I like to use lemon pepper, celery salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided), more for drizzling 
  • Parmesan or feta cheese for serving


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Place fresh or frozen shrimp in a single layer. Sprinkle each piece with preferred spices.
  3. Cook for a minute or two and then flip the shrimp. Cook on the second side until pink and no longer translucent. Remove to serving plate.
  4. To the skillet, add another tablespoon of olive oil, garlic and artichoke hearts and cook for a minute or two until artichokes are slightly browned.
  5. Add the orzo, water/broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove lid and stir; continue to cook 3 more minutes or until tender and all liquid is absorbed. If the orzo is still firm, add a bit more water and cook until tender.
  7. Turn off the heat, stir in greens and a squeeze some lemon juice. Toss until the greens are wilted. Remove from heat.
  8. Stir in the shrimp to heat them up a bit, and serve.
  9. Sprinkle with feta or parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.

Blueberry Banana Chunk Muffins

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (add up to 1/4 cup more if you like really sweet muffins)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1-2 bananas (depending on size), cut into chunks

Crumb Topping (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400-F and grease muffin tins or line with muffin liners.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a measuring cup for wet ingredients, first add the oil, then add the egg. Next, add only enough milk to reach the 1-cup mark, (approximately 1/3 cup milk – the idea is to add only one cup of liquid to the dry ingredients). Mix with a fork until just combined.
  4. Fold in the blueberries and bananas. Pour into the muffin tins all the way to the top.
  5. Sprinkle with topping (if using).
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. If they appear to be done, insert a toothpick into the center. If it doesn’t come out clean, check again in 3 minutes.

For the topping

Mix all the ingredients together and use a fork to smash and incorporate the butter or use your fingers to smash it all together. Sprinkle on the top of each muffin .

Bulgar Pilaf


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • Heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 .5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup bulgar, any size (in photo I used size 1)
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup bulgar
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  1. Heat olive oil in a small pot. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. While the onion is cooking, add the salt and cumin. 
  2. Add the tomato paste to the softened onions and stir to combine. 
  3. Add the chicken broth and the bulgar and turn off the heat. 
  4. Allow the bulgar to soak up the broth, fluffing occasionally with a fork, until all the water is absorbed. If you like your bulgar more moist, add a bit more water.
  5. Serve hot or cold.

Bulgar & Feta Salad (low-fat)

Because of this hearty, nutrient dense grain, this salad is a meal in itself. Bulgar is a great source of manganese, fiber and protein. This salad is bursting with flavor and will hold up great for leftovers. 
Original recipe from Nutrition Action.

Serves 4


  • 1.5 cups water
  • ¾ cup bulgur
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (I think it needs 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ hothouse cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, more to taste (I prefer 3 tablespoons)
  • I like to add 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small pot, bring 1½ cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil.
  2. Stir in the bulgur, turn off the burner, and cover the pot. Allow the bulgur to steep for 10 minutes, then drain and put into a large bowl.
  3. Toss the bulgur with the oil and aloe to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Stir in the cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, and feta. Season with the lemon juice and plenty of pepper.

Nutrition Information:
Per Serving—
Calories: 180
Sodium: 260 mg
Total Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 24 g
Protein: 8 g
Fiber: 6 g