Teresa made a delicious beef stew the other night and we all enjoyed it. There were about 2 cups of leftovers so we decided to stretch it into a second dinner by adding some mushrooms, red wine, Kalamata olives, leftover green beans, a cup of cherry tomatoes (halved) and 8 oz of uncooked ziti.
No measurements are really needed. Just sauté the mushrooms in a little EVOO or butter, add the wine then leftover stew, simmer about 10-15 minutes. Add the olives & cherry tomatoes. We mixed the cooked & drained ziti with a ladle full of the stew mixture to coat the pasta then put the pasta on individual plates topped with stew mixture & garnished with fresh basil & Locatelli grated cheese.
You could add feta cheese instead of Locatelli if you prefer. Any leftover vegetables will also work well.
The other night we had a rotisserie chicken from Costco and wound up with both breasts leftover. I looked in the refrigerator to see what I had and grabbed the vegetables I thought would go together and started dinner. When my youngest son was in elementary school, I became friends with the mother of one of his friends who happened to be Chinese. Wanda was a fantastic cook (they used to have a Chinese restaurant) and she could turn anything into a scrumptious meal. One day she came over and showed me how to make stir-fry & fried rice that was to die for. I took copious notes for both recipes but for the life of me, I cannot find them. Dinner turned out great in spite of not having the written instructions. I guess I remembered more than I thought I would. One of these days I'm going to try the fried rice.😋 🥢
1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp sesame oil
2 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
6-7 Tablespoons peanut oil, approximately, divided (canola oil can be substituted)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 large leeks, 1/4-inch slices, up to the green
2 rotisserie chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 1-inch strips (I used Costco rotisserie chicken, both breasts, skin removed)
Kosher salt, to taste
6 red sweet peppers, cored & seeded then cut into 1/2-inch wide strips (bell peppers can be substituted)
3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick half-moons
2 medium broccoli crowns, cut into small florets
8 white mushrooms, sliced 1/3-inch thick
cooked rice or Thai rice noodles
2-3 scallions, sliced for garnish (optional)
Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Make sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Set aside.
Heat your wok (or large deep skillet) until a drop of water immediately vaporizes. Drizzle 2 Tablespoons of peanut oil and swirl around the wok. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Push all the garlic to the sides of the wok.
Add another 2 Tablespoons of peanut oil & swirl around the pan. Add the broccoli & season with kosher salt. Stir-fry broccoli until it just starts to turn the edges brown & has softened somewhat 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Add enough of the remaining peanut oil & swirl around the pan. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, sweet peppers, & leeks. Season with kosher salt to taste.
Stir-fry until browned and softened about 1-2 minutes.
Move vegetables to sides of the wok and pour the cornstarch sauce into the middle of the wok. Stir constantly until it just starts to thicken.
Add the strips of leftover rotisserie chicken and stir to heat throughout.
Serve over your favorite rice or noodles & garnish with scallions.
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Barbara and I have been in a breakfast rut lately...sick of the same old oatmeal, cereal, plain eggs or just a cup of coffee. During these times of social distancing and staying at home, more than ever we need to be creative in the kitchen and treat ourselves to some fun ways to enjoy breakfast. While making chicken parmigiana for dinner the other night we had some leftover egg mixture, breadcrumbs, and some baby spinach leaves. Just by adding a few simple ingredients, we came up with a make-ahead breakfast meal we could enjoy the next morning. It was so easy and is sure to please. Any leftover cooked vegetable will work in this recipe...zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, peas or any combination of your favorite veggies. You can make these as a side for any meal too. Be creative and Enjoy! ❤️😋
4 large eggs
1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon milk (any milk will do)
6-7 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs (substitute Gluten-Free seasoned breadcrumbs if gluten is an issue)
3 tablespoons Pecorino-Romano cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
2 cups fresh spinach, loosely packed, chopped into medium size bites
1-2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
1/4 tsp salt + /- to taste
black pepper to taste
1 pat of butter
1-2 Tablespoons of EVOO
In a medium bowl add 4 large eggs and the milk. Whisk until scrambled well.
Add salt, pepper, onion powder, thyme, oregano, garlic, bread crumbs, and grated cheese. Mix well and set aside for 10-15 minutes for the breadcrumbs to absorb liquid. You should have a medium liquid texture, not a thick paste.
In a large skillet heat butter & EVOO until hot on medium heat. When oil & butter start to sizzle, using a large tablespoon, drop mixture into the hot skillet. No more than 4 at a time. Cook 1-1½ minutes until golden brown. Flip over and cook another 1-1½ minutes until golden brown. If browning to quickly lower the heat a bit.
Remove from skillet and place on paper towels to drain & cool completely.
Once cooled pack in an airtight glass or plastic food storage container and refrigerate. These fritters will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator if they don’t disappear on the first day!
These can actually be served cold or heated in a toaster oven or microwave.
Notes: These fritters can be made gluten-free by substituting with gluten-free seasoned breadcrumbs.
Don't know what to do with those leftover veggies? Why not turn them into a delicious side or appetizer that is sure to please kids & adults! We often have leftover broccoli or zucchini as it's our husband's favorite vegetables. We were inspired to make these patties as a result of all the leftover breadcrumbs & egg while making breaded chicken cutlets. Our Mom taught us to not waste so she would mix these leftover ingredients together and form patties to fry with the chicken cutlets. As kids we loved them more than the chicken cutlets! 😋
12-ounces chopped broccoli florets, cooked
1¼ cup Italian style breadcrumbs (we used Progresso, not gluten-free)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
3/4 shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/8 tsp salt (omit if salt sensitive)
dash of pepper to taste
Cooking Spray to coat baking sheet
1 3½” lid (we used the lid from a 16-ounce Argo cornstarch container. Any size lid of your preference will work but the Argo lid was the perfect width & thickness of our patties)
In a large bowl combine beaten eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, cooked chopped broccoli, onions, garlic, salt & pepper, mixing well. Add the breadcrumbs mix together with a fork then mix by hand as you would making meatballs or meatloaf. Must be a thick, pasty texture.
Preheat oven to 400ºF and spray baking pan with cooking spray.
Place the plastic wrap over the lid, overhanging 3-inches in all directions. Fill with mixture slightly mounded, press down with your fingers, flip the patties over onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
Flip patties and continue baking another 7-10 minutes.
Remove from oven let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.
Can be dipped into your favorite dipping sauce i.e. ranch dressing, blue cheese, or tzatziki sauce.
Note: This is a great way to make use of any leftover vegetables and makes a great grab-n-go snack.