Hey hooo, my vegetariananians! (it’s a word.)
Everything is absolutely bonkers wonk right now, so let’s focus on something that does us some good, k?
Like creamy carbs + roasted veggies + crispy chickpeas + crunchy almonds. See, we’re already in a better mood!
So check it – all so simple. And see those slivered almonds? If you can’t find those, any sort of almond’ll do. Honey roasted, lightly salted, sliced, it’s all good. In the hoo- no?
Let’s roast! On two baking sheets we’ll arrange the broccoli and almonds (that’s on one). And on the other, the sliced mushrooms and chickpeas. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? (whoa that got intense) I don’t roll the chickpeas around to get the skins off. I decided a short time ago that life is too precious for skin rolling. So I nixed it. And I’ll never look back. Goodbye.
Okay, see how on the broccoli pan there’s some rogue toasted almonds? I HAD roasted them a little bit on the broccoli tray, but moved them off because I was afraid they were going to burn. So move yours off after about ten minutes or so, and let the broccoli go a bit more. K, Vern?
It’s hard to tell with the naked eye, but those chickpeas have a roasted crunch to them that will have you howlin’ at the moon in your underpants.
In a shallow pan or skillet, just simmer the orzo in chicken stock. I like the stock instead of water because it’s added flava, man!
Not to be confused with Flava Man. He’s not in this dish. See how important comas are, kids?
Get that orzo creamy and tender and soul cracking. Amen.
And then viciously dump everything on top and let that single tear fall from your face. It’s just all so dang delish because you’ve just squeezed fresh lemon over the whole thing, so IT JUST GOT WOKE. (<–did I use that right?)
And remember it’s vegetarian? (okay besides the chicken stock, but we can let that one slide. swamp in veggie stock! no hate mail. simple as that.)
I have a vague memory of serving this to myself and grating so much parmesan cheese on top to the point that I lost my vision. So maybe join me in that direction.
Whatever you do, it’s FANTASTIC flavors. Roasted depth meets all the crunchy textures and the creamy orzo, ugh. And you do remember how simple it was, right?
Also also, it’s kid approved. (yeah I can hear your soul angels erupting in glee.)
Make make make!
I think I recall a time when mama said knock you out.