Being Green (or trying to be)

I have always been a picky eater.

Growing up, it was  just a fact of life that I only really like four foods.  Fast forward to college years, and I am still pretty picky, but I definitely broadened my food horizons.  But one thing remained:  I have never liked leftovers.  That’s not to say that food ever went to waste in my house, I have a brother who moonlights as our garbage disposal, but I was never the one to eat the leftovers.  But ever since I started having to pay for my own groceries, and since an eye-opening trip to Botswana my junior year of college, I have turned over a new leaf.  That’s right.  I am a leftover-eater now.  Gasp.

But really, I am totally okay with it.  I feel more responsible not letting food go to waste, and it is definitely better for my conscience knowing that I cleaned my plate (after the second or third reheat).  Tonight Joe and I dined on some great food that I created with some leftovers from the night before, and I found a dish that I think will be a (weekly) staple in our house.

I give you… Pesto Chicken Penne

1/2 lb leftover chicken, cooked anyway you like

1 head of broccoli

Penne pasta

2 tbsp pesto

Cook the pasta according to package (I cooked enough for two plus some leftover), and saute the broccoli in olive oil or salad dressing, whatever suits your fancy (I went for Italian dressing).  Add the chicken to the broccoli to heat it back up, the drain the pasta, and toss everything together with the pesto.

Viola.  Yum.  Can’t believe I got Joe to eat broccoli.  So our leftover chicken gets reused the next night, and it was great!  It’s hard to cook for just two, so I get excited for a multi-purpose dish like this that can encompass our leftover without letting stuff go to waste.  We complemented our pasta with some fresh corn on the cob that we bought at the farmer’s market this morning.  Yay for local produce!


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