I discovered orzo during the time, I spent in Greece (where they are called kritharaki or spelled correctly κριθαράκι). Orzo is a form of pasta, that looks like rice and is made out of durum wheat. There are also organic and full grain varieties of orzo available.
In Greece, Italy in Turkey orzo are being prepared in very different manners. There are thicks stews, soups, dishes that resemble risotto or even recipes, that mix up orzo and rice.
For this recipe I veganized a dish, that a dear friend of mine from the north of Greece used to prepare during the cold months of the year. It is easy to prepare, takes you around 15 minutes to cook and still tastes great after one of two days in the fridge.
Important: In a mediterranean diet olive oil is one of the key elements. Always use tasty, virgin olive oil and don´t substitute with sunflower oil. For some extra taste drizzle oil on top of your vegan orzo with mushrooms, before serving. My friend also seasons them with fresh lemons, that she usually cuts in slices and puts them on the table along with salt and pepper.
Start with boiling the orzo according to the instructions on the packaging and drain them, when they are al dente. The same time cover the minced soy meat with boiling water. Add some salt and let it sit for five minutes. Drain it, put it in a filter and start pressing the soy with a bowl or with your hands, until there is no water left in the soy (This step is important! Remember: The more water is left in your soy, the less tasty it will be!).
Cut the onion and garlic into small cubes and start frying them. Add the minced soy meat and keep frying, until it starts to be a little crunchy. Slice up zucchini and mushrooms and add them to the mix. Fry everything for another three minutes and add tomato pulp. Let the sauce simmer for another two minutes and add the orzo, fresh parsley, salt and pepper.
Enjoy with a green salad and fresh bread!
I am Julia, vegan by heart, traveler and minimalist based in beautiful Portugal. I love simple but delicious food, ashtanga, skating, surfing and having a nice conversation over snacks and a glass of wine. I am blogging about vegan food, my minimalist journey, life hacks and my experiences as a traveler.