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This is my first winter in Michigan and I’ve had to get creative with ways to brighten up my days. And evenings. As I’m sure many of you know, constant winter can be a little dreary. This is especially true when the sky is literally grey more days than not and it never stops snowing. Luckily I’ve come up with my own tips to fight back against dreary winters – starting with packing as much citrus in my daily routine!
I’ve been seeing the ads for Diet Coke’s new cans and yes, I got a little curious about all of the new flavors! When I found them at my local Kroger, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to throw caution to the wind and try a few of them. No real surprise but my favorite was the Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange, followed by the Diet Coke® Twisted Mango. The best part is that while Diet Coke is getting a facelift with its fun new cans, it’s keeping the same great taste that it’s always had!
I’m not sure if anyone else does this but I use winter as an excuse to treat myself. It’s cold outside? AND it’s snowing? Sounds like the perfect time to stay in bed all day, treat myself to a cold Diet Coke, a good book and get to that nail polish touch up I’ve been putting off all week.
Just as I treat myself with yummy drinks, snack food and ‘me’ time at home during the winter, I become much more impulsive during my grocery trips from November through April. You just don’t know when it might snow and the roads will be too bad to make it back to the store, right? The logic is thin but I won’t apologize for my impulse grocery shopping. Hey, we all have those days when we need to take a break from the ordinary routine and change things up. Might as well start with grocery shopping and impulse buying every variation of the new Diet Coke cans just because I can.
Confession time. When I was a kid, I never drank soda. I’m not sure that I wasn’t allowed to, we just never had any so I thought I didn’t like it. When I finally discovered carbonated drinks about ten years ago, I quickly became a fan! Other things I thought I didn’t like in my youth were cake and kale. Thank goodness I came around on those as well.
This blog post isn’t about cake but it is about baby kale and one carbonated drink in particular, Diet Coke. A flavor-filled Diet Coke deserves an equally zesty companion food so I was excited to pair it with one of my favorite orzo pasta salads!
Ready to give Diet Coke’s new added flavors a try? They sell individual cans at Kroger so you can try any of the new options without needing to commit to a full case (Diet Coke® Feisty Cherry, Diet Coke® Ginger Lime and Diet Coke® Twisted Mango). There’s even a quiz to help you decide if you aren’t sure whether you’re more zesty or feisty.
How do you like to brighten up your days during the winter? Drop some ideas in the comments because I’m always looking to expand my list!
I chose this citrus orzo salad to pair with Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange because it’s truly a combination of so many of my favorite foods. Crunchy (but approachable) baby kale, sweet chicken sausage, zesty oranges, salty feta and a light zesty dressing. Plus it’s as easy as throwing all of the elements together in a salad bowl!
Step 1: Place baby kale in a salad bowl.
Step 2: Top baby kale with warm orzo.
Step 3: Top with chicken sausages.
Step 4: Top with feta and baby tomatoes.
Step 5: Add dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until combined. Pour over salad and toss until dressing is evenly distributed.
Step 5: Add orange and blood orange slices to the top of the salad before serving. And voila, you have yourself a citrus orzo salad!
- 2 cups orzo, cooked according to package
- 6 cups raw baby kale
- 1 cup feta in brine
- 4 chicken sausages, sliced in 1-inch slices and warmed in a pan to brown edges
- 2 cups baby tomatoes sliced in half
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 blood orange, peel removed and sliced into disks
- 1 orange, peel removed and sliced into disks
- Place baby kale in a salad bowl. Top baby kale with warm orzo, chicken sausages, feta and baby tomatoes.
- Combine the olive oil, orange juice, dijon mustard, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Whisk until well mixed together. Add dressing to salad and toss until dressing is evenly distributed.
- Add orange and blood orange slices to the top of the salad before serving.