Everyday Mom's Meals: Leftover Lunch

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Leftover Lunch

I like to be able to use leftovers whenever possible; but what I don't enjoy is having them the same way. Meaning, if there is a left over dish in our fridge, it is most likely going to be eaten by Adam or Alex. I'm just not a huge fan of taking something, reheating it and calling it a meal. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, and I'm certainly not being critical of those who do that. It's totally acceptable, it's just not my "thing". I'm guessing it comes from the fact that growing up, we never had a lot of leftovers. There were 3 of us in the house and mom was a master at cooking just the amount we needed. But for bigger families, busy families, or economically savvy families, I totally understand why one dish might last two or three days. But what I do like doing is taking left over ingredients and making something totally new from them; and many times, that happens at lunch time when it's just me at home. On this day, I had some roasted chicken tenders in the freezer from a chicken pot pie, some lettuce from a salad and some tortillas from....well, I don't remember why I had those, but there they were in the meat drawer. Add those things together, and to me the sum is a wrap! More specifically, a chicken salad wrap! I love chicken salad, and especially enjoy the ones that include some fruit and nuts for that little something extra. So the next time you have leftovers in your fridge, see what you can come up with, or if you aren't me....you can eat them as is. Either way, it's a great frugal way to enjoy something you love!

Chicken Salad Wrap
1 c. cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 c. red seedless grapes, halved
1/2 c. apple, finely diced
1/4 c. celery, diced
1/4 c. pecans, chopped
Romaine lettuce
Tortillas

Mix chicken, mayo, grapes, apple, celery and pecans. Combine well. Chill. When ready to assemble, lay lettuce leaves on tortillas and add about 1/2 c. chicken mixture. Roll tight and cut. This is also very good on croissants, wheat bread or kaiser rolls.

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Shared on Chef in Training Dec. 27, 2011

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1 comment:

Aunt Carla said...

I love chicken/turkey salad with grapes and pecans! I use Miracle Whip instead of mayo for a little extra "tang."