It was a Monday, I hate Mondays. For some reason the upcoming week seemed very long, as if the weekend was never going to come, ever. Needless to say, such lethargy takes the desire to cook and dumps it down the drain. What to do? What to do? I don’t want to get take out…I don’t want to cook. I pondered this question as the endless Monday, surprisingly, came to and end. Then it hit me, get a rotisserie chicken! “A whole chicken?” you might ask, “I thought this was cooking for two, not four!” Fairly noted, but here is the thing: it’s much cheaper than take out, and you can eat it all week!
What you need:
- A car to get you to the grocery store
- One rotisserie chicken
- 2-4 hungry people
- A starch
- A vegetable
I’m a firm believer that you need to eat balanced meals, so one chicken is just not going to do it for me, I’d like a few more things. Now, I’m going for speed here, because when I don’t feel like cooking, I don’t want to be in the kitchen for more than 10 minutes, if at all. So here we go: look in the fridge, freezer, pantry; what do you have for vegetables and starch?
I had a spring mix, a cucumber, a few berries, some garlic, olive oil, and a few vinegars. Great! I have a salad and the dressing, but no starch, that’s ok, I’m going to the grocery store anyways. I go, I get a chicken, and on my way out I stop by the bakery section to pick up a loaf of french bread
(or in this particular case, garlic bread). Time to rush home while the chicken is still hot. Throw together a salad, bake some garlic bread, carve off a few pieces of chicken, and voila! Enjoy your meal, and if you are feeling particularly lazy you can even use paper plates.
Left overs the next day can be turned into a number of different things, here are some ideas:
- Chicken Salad: Chop up left over chicken and mix with a little bit of mayo, add grapes, celery, onions, or whatever else you like. Serve as a sandwich with some toasted bread, lettuce and tomato. Have left over garlic bread? Heat it up in the oven and serve the chicken salad on that! Don’t like mayo? Use caesar dressing (or some other creamy dressing like ranch) or plain yogurt.
- Tossed Salad with Chicken: Slice long pieces of chicken and serve on a tossed salad with your choice of dressing. Still hungry? Add some soup for a whole meal.
- Chicken Wraps: Chop up the left over chicken and sauté with chopped onions and mushrooms, serve on warm pita bread with some greens. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Chop up left over chicken and sauté with onions and red peppers, season with a oriental five spice and little cyan pepper, serve on large pieces of lettuce.
Now you have two days covered and you don’t have to think again until Wednesday. The weekend won’t be so far away, and the worst of the week is over. Enjoy!