So far, for the month of June, my husband and I have been on totally different paths when it comes to meal planning. I will think of something and get it started for what I have in mind, and then plans will change in the blink of an eye, which means, I either have to do a 180 and change things around, or those plans get scrapped completely, and we start all over. I don’t mind this happening every now and then, but …… Fortunately, I am a very creative person, and have had many, many years in the restaurant/catering business, where flexibility is an essential survival skill. Apparently, it comes in handy on the home front as well.
Last week, before we left for Hays, KS, Ollie’s 90th I was marinating some chicken in the same sauce I used for the scallops Sweet & Spicy Citrus Scallops (I remade the sauce. It was a completely different batch. No worries; no cross contamination here). Larry didn’t tell me that he had other plans and would not be home for dinner that night. Well, I could not leave the chicken marinating in the citrus sauce until we returned home. I would have had a big pile of mush. So I grilled the chicken and turned it into a delicious Caribbean chicken sandwich for myself. I also used up some of my leftover olive sauce from my grilled Brussels sprouts, Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Green Olive Sauce as well as the rest of my ancho chili-cinnamon butter from when I made my Jalapeno biscuits Jalapeno Biscuits with Ancho-Cinnamon Butter. You all know how I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being creative with my leftovers, and will do so at every opportunity I can. I am after all, the Queen of Leftovers. 🙂
I mixed everything together to make the marinade/sauce. I also added some lemon verbena from my garden. Then I added the chicken and let it rest for about 3-4 hours, before I grilled it up.
Once the chicken was grilled and ready to eat, I mixed some mayonnaise and my green olive sauce together and served it on a toasted onion bun then enjoyed my quick and easy Caribbean chicken sandwich with some French fries and a cool, refreshing glass of chardonnay.
So despite all the change of plans, my dinner, though not what I originally planned, still came out very tasty. I have no complaints. I can always turn a potential negative into a positive; or should I say a positively delicious opportunity. All it takes is a little ingenuity and creativity. 🙂