Thursday, March 24, 2011

Leftover Creation: Vegetarian Fiesta Chicken & Grits Recipe

Day 83.

We didn't have a ton of leftover food from this week's meals. So, I used a couple of components of leftover dishes to make my new leftover creation. The fried polenta from the Purple Aloo Gobi and the Taco Seasoned "Chicken" from the Taco Bowls are both used in this recipe. I got the idea after my husband mentioned he liked the polenta and that it reminded him of grits. I am not fond of grits, but that's mainly because I think they're mushy and I don't like the texture. Grits are pretty much a mushier version of polenta. So, we're having firm grits in our Fiesta Chicken & Grits.

Fiesta Chicken & Grits
2 C cooked polenta or grits
1/2 large onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 4 oz. can fire roasted green chiles
2 C taco seasoned chicken, cooked (coat chicken in olive oil and taco seasoning)
1-2 C Mexican cheese, shredded

Brown onions and garlic in olive oil. Add red pepper and green chiles. Continue to cook until the vegetables reach desired tenderness. Add polenta or grits, chicken and cheese and cook until heated through.

The Results
Wow. This is fantastic! I love grits if they're made firm like polenta. Mmm...and the chiles and peppers are fabulous in this dish. I could've used even a bit more grits in the grits to veggies ratio, but it was awesome. This will also be super yummy rolled into a tortilla.

What's your favorite leftovers dish?

Project Food Budget:
Our budget is $300/month or $75/week. We spent $38 on our CSA vegetable and fruit box this week.

Goal: $75/$300
Actual: $38 + previous weeks' $222= $260

So we are under budget by $40 so far, with about one week left.

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  1. $40 left... will she be able to do it? :)

  2. Great recipe for vegetarian person and so great blog.

  3. What a cool recipe this is! I am so impressed with the idea. I always have leftovers at home.

  4. Hi Kristi,
    This is a great recipe with wonderful flavor. We will be trying this one very soon. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  5. I love leftover creations. That's how I roll at my house. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!!!

  6. We tried this at my house last night - with the chicken. Fantastic! Thanks so much for a twist on shrimp and grits. I am a huge lover of shrimp, not so much of shrimp.

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