Southwest Orzo Pasta SALAD

1 cup orzo pasta

2 cups frozen Corn Kernels

½ small red onion,finely chopped

1 red capsicum deseeded and chopped

1 green capsicum,deseeded and chopped

1-2 chorizo or spicy sausage(s),

190ml DIY Southwest Chipotle Flavoured Dressing

50g feta, crumbled

handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped

1. Cook orzo pasta in plenty of boiling lightly salted water until just cooked. Drain and refresh in cold water. Place into a bowl. 2. Put Wattie’s frozen Supersweet Corn Kernels into a microwave proof bowl. Cover and cook on high for 3 minutes, or until hot. Cool. Add to the cooked orzo.

3. Add red onion, red and green capsicums and chorizo.

4. Stir through Eta Southwest Chipotle Flavoured Dressing until well mixed. Serve garnished with crumbled feta and chopped parsley


Southwest Orzo Pasta Salad SAUCE

original recipe found here

This is one of our favorite family recipes 🙂

After spending $4.99 on a bottle of the dressing that goes into this, I’ve found a couple of online recipes to try out instead for our next batch of this salad:

This one:

1/2 cup plain mayonnaise (weighed this out on my scales at 140g)

2 tsp lime juice

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp cilantro

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp white vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

1/8 – 1/4 tsp chile (1/4 was too hot for us)

pinch dried thyme

pinch ground cumin

Method: Combine ingredeitns in a small bowl, cover and chill for at least 1hr before using.  Makes 1/2 cup

and this recipe:

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce plus 1 tsp sauce (no idea what that is???)

1/2 c mayo

1/3 cup greek yoghurt

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp dried dill

salt to taste

Method: place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth for 2-3 mins. Store in the fridge for up to 4 wks.

Sweet Curried Sausages Casserole Experiment

This should take an hour in a conventional oven so lets see if the new gadget can do better!

12 pre-cooked gluten free sausages

1 large onion diced

4 carrots cut into thumb size chunks

2 large potatoes skins left on cut into thumb size chunks

1 handfull of sultanas

1 packet of maggi sweet mild curry sausages made into a paste with some of the below water

2 cups of water

Select Meat/Saute to brown sausages and onions, then add the remainder of the ingredients and pressure cook for 25 mins on high/meat setting, will leave to slow release until I’m back from an appointment but try quick release next time to see if it makes any difference, will also try to DIY replicate the Maggi packet!!

Serve as a one pot dish or on microwaved rice.

Microwave rice:

1 cup/part rice

2 cup/part water

microwave on high in a pyrex bowl for 12mins