In our very busy everyday lives, there is seldom very much time to cook nutritious meals that we can enjoy at home. Some of us get takeout, others dine out, or we reach for frozen meals stored in the refrigerator. But if we do make some time to cook healthy home-cooked food, it would not only be less expensive than eating out, but also pay us back in terms of good health. With cooking at home, though, comes the issue of deciding how to use leftovers. With a little thought, you can turn leftovers into more delicious meals for yourself and your family. Here is one such healthy recipe that not only uses up leftovers (chicken) you may have, but it is absolutely delicious!
1 head of cauliflower (1 pound), cut into florets
1/3 cup 2% milk
10 ounces baby spinach
2 1/2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves (1 whole and 2 minced)
2 tablespoons parsley leaves
1 tablespoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt, and additional for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
In a steamer, steam the cauliflower head until tender. Transfer to a food processor that is fitted with a metal blade. Add 1/3 cup milk, 2 tablespoons olive oil, whole garlic clove, parsley, rosemary, and salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth.
In a large skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add the spinach and season with salt. Cook until the spinach is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Squeeze lemon on the cooked spinach. You can also add the diced rotisserie chicken into the spinach to warm it up.
Place some cauliflower mash on a serving plate and top with the spinach and chicken mixture. Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top. Enjoy!
This simple recipe takes less than half an hour to make from start to finish. It makes 4 servings. The healthy goodness of the spinach and cauliflower, with chicken as the lean meat, makes this a wonderfully nutritious and filling meal. The sweet pomegranate seeds add the right amount of crunch.
If you like, you can also add some parmesan cheese to your cauliflower mash when blending. This gives an added layer of flavor to the mash. Another option is to sauté some onions along with the garlic for the chicken and spinach mixture. This works very well to make the mixture flavorful. But these are all optional ingredients that you may decide to use or not, depending upon your preferences. Some people also like to substitute the pomegranate seeds with dried cranberries or dried cherries. The spinach and chicken mixture also goes very well on top of couscous or rice. This is a versatile recipe that can be adapted to suit your own tastes. Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.