Whole Wheat Orzo with Meyer Lemon & Thyme

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Whole Wheat Orzo w/ Meyer Lemon & Thyme

Summary: A quick, low calorie lunch for one that’s simple to toss together.


  • ¼ cup whole wheat orzo, prepared according to package instructions (make sure to salt your water!)
  • ½ cup cooked Quorn tenders
  • 4-6 quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 chopped kalamta olives
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon meyer lemon juice, plus the zest from the outside (about ¼-½ of the lemon is zested)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I didn’t give exact measurements for these things because you use a small amount. Make it tasty to your specifications.
  2. When the orzo is done, toss it with… well, everything. I generally like to leave a little of each ingredient on the side to top my dish with because I eat with my eyes first. :)

Quick notes

For those unfamiliar with meyer lemons, they are a little sweeter than regular lemons. The skin is much less bitter as well. Regular lemons would work just fine in its place, but I really like the taste of these.


The veggies can be modified quite a bit. Throw in some cucumbers, peppers, chopped spinach. Change the thyme to basil. Change the lemon to lime and use cilantro. Try feta instead of parmesan. There are a lot of possibilities for customization here.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

Calories: 315