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Asian Inspired Orzo Pasta Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 285
Protein 27g
Fat 3g
Carbs 36g
Total Time 30 minutes

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Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Asian Inspired Orzo Pasta Salad
Ingredients for 5 servings

  • 6oz uncooked orzo
  • 1 1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups finely shredded (red) cabbage
  • 1 carrot, finely sliced (or matchstick)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Sauces
    • 5 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
    • 4oz water
    • 5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
    • 2 tablespoons Sriracha (or more/less to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Garnish
    • sesame seeds
    • cilantro
Steps
  1. Cook orzo according to instructions given, then set aside.
  2. Set a nonstick skillet on high heat.  Once hot spray with cooking oil – I used avocado oil – and add the shrimp.  Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked through.  OPTIONAL: if you’d like a bit more flavor, add a tablespoon or 2 of sriracha to the shrimp while it cooks.  Set aside.
  3. In a bowl or jar, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.  Add more/less of the ingredients to taste BUT remember to account for the changes to the caloric value of the sauce.  This is especially important if you decide to add more powdered peanut butter.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix the orzo and shrimp with the rest of the ingredients and add about 75% of the sauce.
    Asian Inspired Orzo Pasta Salad
    Toss together and store in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or up to overnight.
  5. Add remaining sauce, toss then garnish and enjoy with low sodium soy sauce and/or fresh lime juice!
    Asian Inspired Orzo Pasta Salad

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Calories
285
Protein
27g
Fat
3g
Carbs
36g
Sodium
Fiber
5g
Sugar
7g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.