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So I finally made dinner. I know it’s shocking since it was 9 pm when I made it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we eat late. What can I say…life….horse….laziness. Things come up, life keeps spinning. You do what you can when you can. I don’t sweat the small stuff. My life has so much drama naturally that I don’t invite any extra. I fly by the seat of my pants, I’m a rebel, yup that’s me.
I was not in the mood to cook. So I did something with leftovers. Love when I can whip up something yummy with what I have on hand. Hate to waste food. I had leftover chicken so I made sandwiches. If you do not have a foreman grill rush right out and buy one. This little thing is awesome. I only paid $20 for mine at Costco. It fits 2 sandwiches on it. So if I do food for all of us it takes 2 times. But considering it only takes a few minutes this is no big deal. I also have a large one my sister sent me but it’s kind of huge and with limited counter space I don’t use that one as much. It’s good if we have company but for day to day I tend to use the little one.
I also had made up a cold pasta salad that was in the fridge so we had that as a side dish. I try to keep a cold pasta salad in the fridge through the summer. I make up a big batch once or twice a week. I try to do it at night before I head to bed. Then the flavours really meld together by the next day. I add different things depending on what veggies are in season. So over the summer I’ll post a few different versions of this recipe. You’ll love this one as it’s simple, cheap and yummy. So for tonight’s din-din I give you sandwiches and salad. *waits for the applause*
Bar-b-q Chicken Panini:
Leftover chicken breast, 2 should make 2 to 3 thick sandwiches
Bread, I used white but there’s tons of options out there (I’m allergic to wheat so I am limited)
Barbecue sauce, I used bulls eye but use the kind you prefer
On your foreman grill or panini grill place bread slices first.
Stack a layer of sliced chicken.
Stack a layer of cheese.
Stack a layer of lettuce.
Stack a layer of barbecue sauce.
Stack a layer of chicken.
Stack a layer of cheese.
Place another slice of bread.
Turn on foreman and cook for about 7 minutes.
Remove, cut and serve.
Bow Pasta Salad:
1 package bow or farfalle noodles (454 g), cooked
1 and 1/2 bottles of Zesty Italian dressing
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
Red pepper flakes to taste
Cook bow noodles. Do them al dente. They will soften more once you add the dressing.
Rinse and drain. Set aside.
Cut up your veggies. If you have a slap chop it is useful for this.
In a large container with lid mix your noodles, veggies, italian dressing and red pepper flakes. Mix really well.
Put lid on and set in fridge for at least 4 hours. I like doing it the night before. Every so often if you’re reaching in the fridge anyway shake the container to mix it up. I usually do it a couple times during the day. Keeps everything moist and no dry spots.
So this was yummy and we enjoyed it immensely. The paninis were actually really filling. I only had one and I was full. Paninis are so much fun. You can experiment and play around. Try anything you like. There are so many breads out there to choose from. We’ve done rye, foccacia, 7 grain bread, and even pitas. There’s always a pizza place open if things go badly. If not you get an amazing sandwich that’s hot and yummy.
How can this be bad? Enjoy and let me know how yours turn out. As ever keep reading and enjoy. Toodles and smoochies. xx