Cheesy Peas and Lemon Orzo (Vegan)

By the end of the week, our produce has dwindled and we get a bit creative with how we still get our vegetables and fruit. This week all we had left were bananas, frozen peas, and lemons. Since I wasn’t making dinner with bananas (maybe dessert!),  peas and lemons it was.

This dish is quick to make up and kids like it too. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand and also customize how much “cheese” or lemony flavour you want. My husband always wants more lemon!


1 cup of orzo
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups water
1 tablespoons olive oil
1+ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1+ tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/3 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup almonds, roasted and sliced
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring cups of water to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt. Add in orzo in cook for 9 minutes or until orzo is tender.
  2. Drain the orzo. Put back into the pot.
  3. Add in the olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, peas and almonds to the orzo.
  4. Adjust seasoning to your taste. To loosen the pasta, you can add in additional olive oil.  Serve hot or cold.  (The kids and I like ours with additional nutritional yeast, and my husband always adds in more lemon)


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Running with Veggies

I'm a plant-based distance runner and mother of two young girls. I enjoy making healthy recipes and experimenting with food. I also love to garden, so you will see many seasonal recipes that use what is currently growing in my backyard. I have a HBSc. in Nutrition and a Doctorate in Education and this background provides me with the skills necessary to pursue my passion - educating others on healthy eating. I don't count calories, so you won't find any nutritional information in my recipes. However, I strive to make each recipe healthy enough to fuel you and your family through the day.

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