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For 1 in 10 Americans, hunger is an everyday reality. Poverty is forcing millions of Americans into a hunger crisis so, it's critical to use each ingredient wisely. Learn how to pull leftover ingredients from the pantry or fridge and stir up a quick, simple but hearty meal for one or more. I cleverly and originally coined this process; Pantry Tossed Pasta.
You can never go wrong with a leftover that becomes a meal.
How about that?
Chicken, Broccoli and Garlic Pantry Tossed Pasta
A Pantry Tossed Pasta dish has no boundaries. It's simply your favorite cooked pasta, sautéed in White, Red or Garlic sauce, topped with roasted or steamed veggies and finished with or without meat. It's a great way to use up leftovers and create a new meal. To stretch it even more, add a simple side salad and buttered bread. Now that's a full plate. So when you're cleaning out the fridge or doing inventory of your pantry, think about the endless combinations you can stir up.
There is no real recipe for a Pantry Tossed Pasta. In the case of my Saturday creation, I used the follow:
- leftover boneless cooked chicken breast
- bottom of a frozen bag of peppers and onions
- a capful of olive oil,
- the last of the spaghetti
- the last of the steamed broccoli florets
- garlic powder and seasoned black pepper
- grated parmesan cheese
Boil and drain the pasta according to the package instructions. Heat a large frying pan or Wok on medium low and add the oil olive and seasonings. Swirl it around then add the meat and veggies until warm. Add more garlic powder and olive oil if needed, then drop in the spaghetti. Toss with tongs until coated with the oil and seasoning. I plated while hot and sprinkled on a little grated parmesan cheese.
Talk about hurrying up to take this photo! All I want you to do is be creative with your leftovers and pantry ingredients. Create your Pantry Tossed Pasta and share it with me. As always, look good, cook good and entertain in style.
Thank you for visiting.
Heidi L. Smith