Posts Tagged ‘Easy meal ideas’
Probably just like you, we had our share of leftover BBQ* fare after our 4th of July cookout. And just like most, we partook in a ceremonious devouring of our BBQ leftovers the very next day. However, we still had a little to spare after a second round. So on Monday, the 6th of July, I took a peek in the refrigerator found the leftovers and made a lunch that was fit for a king.
Here’s what you’ll need to eat like a king:
1.) One piece of leftover boneless grilled chicken breast
2.) A nice chunky slice of Spanish Manchego Cheese
3.) A little Dijon mustard
4.) 1 potato hamburger bun or Kaiser roll
5.) A great leftover macaroni salad
6.) A thick sliced piece of ham. Like a ham steak.
7.) A sprig of fresh Dill
Place the leftover piece of boneless grilled chicken breast onto a microwaveable plate and put the slice of Manchego cheese on top of the chicken. Place in microwave and cook for about 40 seconds or until the cheese is just a little melted over the chicken.
Grab your roll and spread some Dijon mustard on it. Place chicken onto bun. A nice bit of “souped up” macaroni salad makes a nice side. Chop up a small thick slice of ham and throw into the macaroni salad. Top the macaroni salad with some sprigs of fresh dill. That’s it!
Bring this easy lunch meal altogether with a glass of Rosé from the south of France, like the Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé which costs less than $15.00 a bottle. If you’re looking for a terrific value Rosé off the beaten trail for under $10, try the Goats Do Roam Rosé from South Africa which is equally as tasty!
*A word on BBQ sauce: The world’s most kickin’ BBQ sauce is the Stubb’s Moppin’ Sauce. My chicken breast couldn’t ask for a better sauce.
Enjoy your lunch!
Here’s a spicy delicacy that will have your taste buds asking for more. I call it Spicy Chick-Chicken and no, I’m not stuttering. Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:
A tablespoon or two of salted butter
A decent amount of jarred chopped garlic
At least 2 raw chicken breast cutlets
At least 1 cup of peppers (I used frozen red and yellow)
1 can of Chick peas/Garbanzo beans
½ to a 1 can of diced tomatoes
Ground Coriander Seed
Chipotle Chili Pepper*
*A secret spicy seasoning that I used in this dish was RTG “Spicy Cajun Seasoning”. This spice can be substituted for any “spicy as hell” dry seasoning that you might have.
First, grab a deep frying pan or pot. Melt the butter, drop in a generous amount of chopped garlic (to your liking). Cut up the chicken breasts and add to the garlic butter. As this is cooking, start adding all the spices listed above. As I mentioned above, I used something called RTG “Spicy Cajun Seasoning”. The bottle looked pretty old and for the life of me, I have no clue how this seasoning made its way into our spice cabinet. To be honest, it might have been left by the previous owners, so you might not even be able to find it in your grocery store any longer. But tonight it was going into this chicken dish.
Next, add the frozen peppers. Finally, add the can of chick peas/garbanzo beans and diced tomatoes.
This meal will have some “heat” on it. But it’s sure damn tasty. I paired this spicy chicken dish with a 2008 Argentinean Torrontes called Crios de Susana Balbo. This white wine was amazing with this dish.
As usual, don’t knock it until you’ve tried!
Until the next time we run out of food… bon appétit fellow Poor Chefs!