Here’s a recipe PLUS a bonus! Each part of this recipe deserves it’s own post, but since they are connected, I decided to post them together. It’s a recipe for “stir fry” AND a chicken salad recipe…in one recipe!
I was trying something new… I wanted to make a shrimp stir fry, but wondered how it might work if I tried to “bake” the ingredients for a stir fry. To do this, I sliced a pound of de-shelled shrimp length-wise and used them to cover the bottom of a 9×9 pan. I sprinkled a package of slaw (the kind with shredded cauliflower and broccoli) over the shrimp and then made a sauce of hoisin sauce, red wine, garlic, ginger, and a little cornstarch (for thickening) to pour over the entire pan. I covered the pan with foil and allowed it to bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. A package of microwave brown rice finished off my first meal nicely (see top right-hand photo). While the technique was unconventional, it was a great way to make a simple dinner without standing beside the stove top.
The second half of this recipe (the “Salad” portion) came about from my need to use up the half-cup of leftover stir fry. I had a chicken breast in the fridge that also needed to be used, so I decided to try putting everything together to make a chicken-shrimp stir fry salad sandwich. Weird, but it really was tasty. I combined the following ingredients: leftover stir fry, one diced chicken breast, one diced stalk of celery, a small palmful of craisins, some mayo, white wine, salt and pepper. I mixed everything until it was well combined, adding either mayo or white wine, depending on the desired texture, and then put the mixture on some toasted low-calorie bread to make a sandwich. The threads of veggies from the stir-fry provided some interesting texture in the salad, but it was a great mix and the bits of leftover stir fry sauce added some zing to the flavor. It was definitely a great way to use up leftovers in my fridge.
I hope this set of recipes gives you some ideas of ways to re-use foods in your own fridge. Using red wine in the stir fry and white wine in the chicken salad was a fun inspiration as well… see what you can create when you go beyond the traditional and let your creative juices flow!