If you've read this blog for more than five minutes, you know how much I love to cook outdoors. It's an especially happy day when I can do an entire dinner on the grill! Since grilling proteins is kind of a no-brainer, I'd like to focus on a couple quick and easy side dishes that are perfect to throw along side of whatever else you have going.
This particular dinner was bone-on chicken breasts marinated in store-bought Italian dressing, so I wanted something with similar flavors to go with them... roasted green beans and lemon/thyme orzo fit the bill perfectly.
Roasted Green Beans
(all amounts are approximate and to taste)
Frozen green beans (whole or cut)
Extra virgin olive oil
In a disposable aluminum pan, toss frozen beans with oil, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Grill over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until edges of beans start to brown a little, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from grill and splash with balsamic to taste.
Lemon Orzo with Fresh Thyme
1/2 T. each butter and olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 C. orzo
1 3/4 C. chicken broth
1 T. fresh thyme, lightly chopped
zest and juice of half a lemon
1/4 C. grated Parmesan
pepper to taste
In a heavy, medium-sized pot, combine butter, oil, garlic, and orzo. Saute over medium-low heat just until orzo starts to brown a little. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until pasta is done, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
I hope this inspires you to think a little outside of your normal grilling box and try utilizing your grill to it's fullest potential!