Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We eat leftovers in this house. But sometimes I just don't feel like eating the same meal two days in a row. At these times I try to get creative with my leftovers and morph them into a different meal altogether. That's how I ended up with this hearty, delicious salad made from leftover barbecued chicken breast and ingredients from my fridge and pantry.
This salad is comprised of lettuce, sliced leftover barbecued chicken breast, black beans from a can (drained and rinsed), whole kernel corn from a can (drained), chopped tomato, sliced green onion, shredded cheddar, and a little leftover barbecue sauce.
Assemble the ingredients and drizzle a little extra barbecue sauce over the sliced chicken. If you can deal with the guilt, top with a healthy dose of ranch dressing. Mmmm.
Barbecued Chicken Salad
1-2 leftover oven barbecued chicken breasts, sliced
black beans, drained and rinsed
whole kernel corn, drained
1 tomato, chopped
1 green onion, sliced
leftover sauce from the barbecue chicken recipe
Leftovers from my leftovers:
The next day, as I was trying to find the perfect quick and easy lunch (I wasn't feelin' cold cuts), I realized that I had leftover corn and black beans from the salad. Also in my fridge: an open container of chicken broth and 1/2 can of diced tomatoes with spicy green chilies leftover from the queso dip my husband made during the weekend football marathon.
I decided to dump all of these things together with a sprinkle of cumin and a tablespoon of dried onion and bring them to a boil to make a black bean soup. I mashed the black beans a bit after cooking to give it that "beany" texture. Top with some tortilla chips, a little shredded cheddar, and a dollop of sour cream and you have the best 5 minute soup outside of a can that I've ever tasted!
5 Minute Spicy Black Bean Soup
Most of 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 can spicy diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 cups chicken broth
1-2 tablespoons chopped dried onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin