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Butterflied Roast Whole Chicken with Sea Salt**
Roasted Potatoes with Thyme and Olive Oil
Garlic and Lemon Pan-Seared Green Beans
Tomato Shrimp with Watercress and Spinach
Creamy Pumpkin Almond Soup**
Salad of your choice
Mexican Chicken and Red Rice Salad**
Pineapple Avocado Salsa
Work it Baby – Leftovers, Freezer Diving, Wing It, and Eating Out
These days are to give you space to use up leftovers, clear out the freezer a bit, or have a night out. I’ve included some suggestions on how to use up leftovers. This is your time to experiment! Most of these suggestions should take less than 15 minutes to pull together.
Days 5 to 7:
Using up Leftovers
In salad with tomatoes, walnuts, blue cheese and balsamic dressing
In soup with chicken broth, ginger, scallions, and rice noodles
In frittata with pancetta, tomatoes, and potatoes
In salad with fennel, celery, apple, and lemony mayo
In pasta with mushrooms, onions, and Parmesan
With peas, potatoes, coconut milk, and curry paste over rice
In pureed soup with cauliflower and cheddar
In hash with a fried egg
Pan-seared and served with kale and a poached egg
Topped with cannellini beans and roasted veggies
Add to an Asian soup
In pico de gallo
As a garnish to a curry dish
Grilled or seared with honey for a healthy dessert
With yogurt for a snack or breakfast
If, at the end of the week, there are still leftovers in your fridge, freeze and label everything and start fresh. These items will be useful for future Days 5 to 7 meals.
Any leftover chicken or chicken broth
Any leftover veggies
Pumpkin Almond Soup
What Won’t Keep or Freeze?
Pineapple Avocado Salsa
Remove any extra roasted chicken from the bones and save for Mexican Salad. The amount will vary depending on how much people eat and how many people you serve. Adjust accordingly for the amount of chicken you need for the Mexican Salad.
Transfer the roasted chicken bones to a stock pot and cover with 1 inch of water. Add a stalk of celery, a carrot, and an onion to the pot and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and reserve all the liquid for the pumpkin soup or an additional leftover soup later in the week.
To save time, roast the pumpkin for the Pumpkin Almond Soup when you roast the chicken. If you love the seeds, roast them at the same time too. To roast, cut the pumpkin in half, remove seeds, and place on a roasting pan with a little water. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender. Scoop the flesh from the skin and reserve for later in the week
To preserve any remaining thyme, freeze the sprigs in a little resealable freezer bag. Remove from the freezer as needed in the future. Cilantro is far more perishable and needs to be used fresh and quickly.
Berbere is an Ethiopian spice mix which is delicious. It’s a cumin, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, and all-spice blend. I use it often, but if it’s a new spice to you, just use what you have on hand instead of buying another spice which sits on your shelf.