My creamy orzo recipe is topped with the cutest fried salmon. Wait – cute? Salmon? Scroll down – you’ll see what I mean.
A healthy meal that’ll have your family asking for more. Promise!
Here I am, totally admitting it: my son is a picky eater. And get this – my husband can get pretty picky too. This can get challenging (and so heartbreaking!) for a foodie like me. I’m all about exploring different flavor profiles and constantly whipping up a new recipe. My toddler, on the other hand, is so skeptical when he’s handed a new dish.
As a work at home mom, I strive to complete my daily tasks in a timely fashion. This includes preparing healthy meals that the entire family will enjoy – despite hubby and toddler’s pickiness.
So how do I keep mealtime interesting for the both of them? Well, I make sure whatever I serve is delicious, healthy, and super cute!
To celebrate National Seafood Month this October, I decided to whip-up a creamy orzo dish with fried salmon.
Wait – hold the lines. Did someone say salmon? To a picky toddler?
Recently, I discovered Blue Circle Foods and their ultra cute frozen pack of Happy Fish. They are salmon patties shaped into little fish – and my little one can’t get enough of them! What’s best is that they’re free from antibiotics, GMOs, growth hormones, gluten, sugar and synthetic pigments.
And get this – they only take 4 minutes to cook.
How to Make Creamy Orzo with Fried Salmon
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ cups chopped brown mushroom
3 cups dried orzo
2 cups homemade chicken stock (you can also use water)
2 cups whole milk
Ground pepper to taste
1 pack of Happy Fish frozen salmon
Sprigs of fresh dill
Yields: 4-6 servings
In a Dutch oven, Heat 1-2 tbsp EVOO over medium-high and add onion – sauté for about 2 minutes.
Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Add orzo, chicken stock and milk. Bring to a boil.
Cover and reduce heat, allowing to simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and sprinkle with black pepper. Fold to incorporate all ingredients with one another.
In a nonstick pan, heat 1-2 tbsp EVOO over medium high.
Add Happy Fish frozen salmon patties to the heated nonstick pan and sauté for 2 minutes on each side. (Yup, that’s right: you can cook it straight from the freezer. Easy peasy, right?!)
Serve creamy orzo on individual plates and top off with cooked Happy Fish salmon. Garnish with fresh dill.
Blue Circle Foods sources its salmon from Kvarøy, a third-generation family farm in Norway. They’re dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans through sustainable habits. You can bet I’m one happy mama whenever I can incorporate their products into our daily meals. This creamy orzo dish is one for the books – it puts a huge smile on my face to know that my family’s enjoying something delicious and super easy to make. That’s a mom win right there!
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Would your kids eat these Happy Fish salmon patties?