Last week family came to visit and we had a fabulous time. After they left, I had a refrigerator full of leftovers. It was interesting to come up with a variety of ways to turn the leftovers into different meals.
The chicken and shrimp pasta dish is an Americanized version of a stir-fry. The flavor of the stir-fry has a flavorful Chinese sauce, but instead of serving the mixture over rice, it is served over pasta. Kids really like it because it has pasta, and you can sneak in the vegetables that we try to get our kids to eat.
We really like Chicken Parmesan and as you know, I love a recipe that uses leftovers and turns the leftovers into a new dish. This dish will quickly become a family favorite.A whole chicken breast may be too large for some in your family. I take a chicken breast and cut it in half lengthwise when the chicken breasts are large. For young children, you may want to cut the chicken breast in half to get to the size that will work well for your child.
One of my favorite comfort foods is Oven Fried Chicken and Country Gravy. But to be truthful, I really do not like cleaning the stove top that has spattered grease all over. Several years ago I started doing the Oven Fried Chicken and it is easy and really tastes fantastic. You only have to turn the chicken once while it is in the oven.
Homemade pizza is a tasty and easy week night family meal. You can use leftovers to make your own creations or recreate some of your favorites from a restaurant. My personal favorite is a flavor combination that I copied from a local pizza restaurant that went out of business several years ago. I was sad to see them go but after a little bit of experimenting I was able to recreate my favorite at home using a pesto base topped with chicken, pine nuts, and feta cheese.