Fool ’em with Flavor: Spinach Orzo Side Dish Recipe

I may not be the best cook ever, but I do try. I love to prepare dishes that make me “look” like I know what I am doing in the kitchen. The truth is. . I just started learning to cook. When my husband and I were newly weds we lived on boxed and frozen meals for quite a long time. I once tried to make him a whole chicken with lemon flavoring. The chicken looked great. . browned perfectly.  The only problem was that I used 2 cups of lemon juice from a jar instead of the 2 lemons squeezed that the recipe called for. . 

Oh yes, upon first bite and we both choked and gagged from the tart “chicken flavored lemons” we were eating. Not one of my best moments, but it wasn’t my last. I can recall several other nights when we had to chuck the dinner I prepared into the garbage and head out to a restaurant because what I made was either rock hard, too soupy or just plain out tasted horrible.  
I think now, however, I am starting to get the hang of home cooking. I never did give up and am adding new recipes to my comfort zone everyday. I vowed never to go back to frozen and boxed meals, so this is my only alternative. I have to move forward. 
Last night I prepared a dish for the first time that turned out to be amazing. It was super simple, yet looked like I was an experienced cook. In reality, it only took me 15 minutes. Would you like me to share it? Ok, keep reading. 
Last night we enjoyed a meal of roasted chicken, oven baked carrots and spinach orzo. Today I am going to share with you how to make the spinach orzo side dish. This easy to make dish will probably become a staple in your household as I am sure it will become in mine too. 
Spinach Orzo
Ingredients: 
1 cup orzo
1 container of spinach (fresh)
4 Tbs. butter (divided)
2 cups water
1 pinch salt
Directions: 
1) Begin by adding 2 TBS butter to a saucepan on medium high heat. 
2) Allow the butter to melt and add in your orzo pasta. 
3) Mix the orzo into the butter and allow the orzo to soak up all of the butter. Brown slightly. 
4) Once the butter is soaked up add in your water and bring to a low boil. 
5) Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally. 
6) With about 5 minutes left on the orzo cook time, add 2 TBS to a fry pan over medium heat. 
7) Add a pinch of salt to the butter and add all of your spinach. 
8) Cook down your spinach, stirring occasionally. 
9) Once both pots are finished, combine them and stir well. 
10) Top with optional Parmesan cheese and enjoy. 
This is not only a gorgeous looking side dish, but it is extremely easy to make (and healthy). My family loved it and that’s what really counts. 
So enjoy this fast and easy dish and get back to whats really important, enjoying a nice home-cooked meal with your family. So here is my question for you today. 
What do you and your family talk about at the dinner table?
<3 Dick and Jane