Friday, July 14, 2017

Repurposing Leftovers. Easy as 1 2 3.

Post weight loss surgery it's a given there will be a lot of leftovers... or sadly some waste. I hate wasting food and frankly I don't have the money to not use leftovers. You could just heat them up but that would be... BORING. I much prefer "repurposing" them...

Repurposing: Transforming leftovers into something equally as yummy. The goal is for them to taste and look so completely different you don't realize you are having leftovers.

Mission accomplished. Here are three delicious and very different meals and it all started with an extra piece of chicken...

1. I made a batch of my Unbreaded Chicken Tenders. I just dredge chicken breast tenders in beaten egg then in a combo of almond meal and Parmesan (1/2 cup almond meal to 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese) and seasonings (salt, pepper, sprinkle of Zaatar.) I sauteed them in a small amount of olive oil but for an even lighter version you can bake them. I do 425 (foil lined, non stick sprayed, baking sheet) for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness. They are great served with a homemade Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce (add herbs or a little BBQ sauce or mustard to plain Greek yogurt to change it up.)

They made a great bento box lunch with some Egg Roll Slaw, Chocolate Microwave Protein Cake, and a great big Strawberry.

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2. The leftover chicken tenders were the perfect protein addition to this Pesto "Zoodles" Zucchini Noodles dinner the next night.

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Shelly's Chicken and Pesto "Zoodles" Zucchini Noodles

1 Yellow Onion, sliced
6-8 Mushrooms, sliced
3-4 small Zucchini, spiralized
2 Tablespoons storebought Pesto Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper
Salt to taste
Parmesan Cheese
Leftover Cooked Chicken, sliced

Saute mushrooms and onions till golden, remove from pan. I used my spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, sauteed those till limp about 5 minutes, drain any liquid.

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Add back onions and mushrooms, pesto sauce, and seasonings. Top with cheese and leftover chicken (or steak or shrimp would be great too!)

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3. And finally... the leftover Pesto Zucchini Noodles became this Frittata (Italian Omelette) in the morning...

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I warmed about a cup of leftover Pesto "Zoodles" Zucchini Noodles in a saute pan. Add 3-4 beaten eggs. Cook till almost set. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and toss under the broiler till top is set and lightly golden.

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Hope you give one (or all three) of these a try. If you do, let me know what you think of them.


5 comments:

JackyeB said...

I'm 5 weeks post surgery. I'm on soft foods right now. I feel there is nothing out there that I can eat (that isn't liquid) that doesn't make my stomach icky. Does this end soon, or did you even have this? Thanks for having this blog, I've been reading everything you've done since the beginning.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

It will get better. What I did is I found 3-4 things that worked and rotated those... then added one when I was bored. If it didn't work out or laid heavy... try again in about a month. Sometimes foods are on the OK list but we are just not quite ready for them doesn't mean you won't be though. Try not to pressure yourself... just aim for a little better each day.

When you write down your foods, try and see if there is a pattern to you not feeling well. AM? Sometimes a warm drink helped first. After milk products? Maybe some lactose-intolerance (common after surgery) developed. If it's nausea? Ask your Dr for an prescription for something or to rule out an ulcer.

It was about 7 weeks till I found a rhythm and didn't feel like a patient. You will get there!

#1 Grammie said...

I love zoodles! So versatile and yummy. Thanks for the chicken finger recipe. It's now on my list to try. I really appreciate all your suggestions, ideas and recipes. Your site is the best!

Lady D said...

I've always wanted to try zoodles, but, do they stay somewhat crunchy like spaghetti squash does? I'm a big texture person, and I didn't like spaghetti squash because it was still crunchy. :(

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you #1 Grammie (love that)

Lady D. I know exactly what you mean... no they soften and I think you will love them!! I like Spaghetti squash too but it's definitely a different texture to "Zoodles"