Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back-to-School with #SundaySupper: Grilled Chicken Revamped

This week the #SundaySupper crew is posting about Back-to-School. We've been back to school for almost two weeks now, but the lunchbox battle rages on...all year long. So, I'm happy to participate and get ideas for quick and nutritious breakfasts and lunches.

The most important thing for me during hectic school weeks: revampability. What I mean by that is how much effort it takes to revamp leftovers into something else...that is palatable cold the next day. I'm sharing a recipe that I marinate on Saturday, have Jake grill on Sunday, serve for Sunday dinner, and revamp into school lunches on Monday.

Here are my boys on their first day of school with one of our best little buddies who just started kindergarten at our school! And I'm hardly calling this a recipe because you just used whatever is your favorite part of the chicken, favorite marinade, whatever pasta shape you want, your favorite salad dressing, and whatever vegetables you have on hand. It's very, very flexible...which is what we all need for school nights and lunches, right?!

Day One Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Marinade (use your favorite - ours is a homemade curry marinade)

Day Two Ingredients

  • Leftover Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Salad Dressing (use your favorite - ours is a homemade soy-lemon dressing)
  • Vegetables

Day One Procedure
Marinate your chicken in your favorite marinade for at least 2 hours, but I usually marinate it the night before we're going to cook them. Grill. Eat for dinner. Set aside leftovers.

Day Two Procedure
Cook pasta. Add in cubed leftover chicken. Add in blanched veggies. Toss with your favorite salad dressing till everything is completely coated and glossy.

Here's what the rest of the #SundaySupper crew brought to the table...

Back to School Beginnings
Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers
Back to School Sips
Back to School Super Snacks
Back to School Sweets and Treats

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  1. I'd rather have this gorgeous pasta than any sandwich! What a yummy lunch!

    1. Thanks, Liz. Yes, my boys really object to sandwiches, so I've had to get creative over the years.

  2. Brilliant...your revampability skills are top notch!

    1. Thanks, Betsy. Revampability = practiced laziness. ;)

  3. I love how easy and flexible this salad is! Looks like a delicious lunch for sure!

  4. Perfect for a weeknight quickie! I love it!

  5. Cute kiddos. I love to revamp things too. I feel like I am in an episode of Chopped only I open my fridge instead of a basket. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I totally love a recipe where I can purposely make leftovers and utilize them in a different way throughout the week - so smart!

  7. Such a great quick and easy meal idea! Looks delicious!

  8. I hate leftovers when they are exactly the same as the first way you ate the food — love that you've converted your simple grilled chicken into some new and refreshing.

  9. That pasta looks quite delicious! What a great idea for leftovers!

  10. Nice switch up Jane! More mileage on that chicken!