As you know by now, I'm a woman who doesn't just lunch - I eat! I'm posting four more of my recent lunches, mostly made with the help of leftover salads - even day old ones with dressing on them. I a bit shocked at how tasty they were. My challenge to myself to post my #lunch pics on Instagram is over and I'm almost done with sharing them here. So bear with me; I've only got one more set to do after this round! If you want to see all the lunches go to the blog and scroll down.
Roasted Marinated Vegetables & Chicken
To assemble this salad, I put down a bed of spinach on a plate and then topped it with some chicken and veggies.
I used leftover sliced Zesty Chicken Oregano , which is a recipe you really should have in your bag of tricks due to the fact that you can do so many things with it.
The marinated roasted vegetables were actually just a leftover Tomato Bean Salad that I roasted along with some cauliflower florets. I laid the bean salad and cauliflower on a foil covered sheet pan. It all roasted in a 375 degree oven (or even place the pan on the grids of a medium hot grill) for 20 to 25 minutes until the veggies got brown.
I topped it with a dollop of an aioli type mixture comprised of 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika.
Spinach & Quinoa Stir Fry with Roasted Squash and Peppers
I took a serving of leftover Sunshine Spinach Salad and put it in a skillet - walnuts, oranges and all. I sauted it over medium heat until spinach wilted even more than it already had. Then I added a serving of cooked quinoa and mixed it in. After putting it on a serving plate, I topped it with roasted peppers and squash - I tossed them with a couple drizzles of olive oil as well as salt and pepper. They can either be roasted in a 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or grill them over medium heat. I finished it all off with some a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of vinegar and a sprinkle of Kosher salt.
Jennifer's Favorite Curried Chicken Salad
Ingredients for Four Servings:
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces 1 apple, diced (Granny Smith is best if you have it) 2 tablespoons diced celery 2 tablespoons dried raisins 2 tablespoons chopped nuts (pecans are great, but any or none will do) 2 tablespoons diced onion (white, yellow, red or green) 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet curry powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Combine the chicken, apple, celery, raisins, nuts and onions in a bowl. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, curry powder, salt and pepper. Add enough of the mayonnaise mixture to the chicken combination to coat it well, but not have the chicken be swimming in it. Serve on top of greens.
Chickpea Salad with Lemony Salted Yogurt and Plenty of Dill
Ingredients for Two Servings
1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 medium tomato, diced 1 avocado, diced 1/2 medium cucumber, diced 1 tablespoon diced red onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon dried dill 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt 1 bunch of fresh dill and pita bread for serving
Gently combine all chickpeas, tomato, avocado, onion, olive oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Divide chickpea mixture between two plates. Put 2 tablespoons of yogurt mixture to side. Serve with pita and fresh dill.