Still Cleanng Out The Fridge

I am still in the process of going through the fridge, using up anything and everything I can before we leave for Cozumel. Last night, I have to say, the Queen and I were really in a conundrum. I/we kept pulling things out, and then putting them back in, then pulling something else out and putting it back in. This went on for about 10 minutes before I finally decided on what to make. Nothing was really speaking out to me. This is odd because usually I know exactly what I am going to make. Not this time.

I had some crab that I wanted to use, but I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I finally decided on making some crab and cheese stuffed chicken pesto.

I wanted to use up as much as I could, but we just had shrimp pesto the other night when Elizabeth and Mike came over for dinner, so I was reluctant to have pesto again so soon after. But I had pasta that needed to be used, as well as little bits and pieces of vegetables. Using up these items would use up the most of what I had leftover, more so than some of the other ideas I was tossing around, so the pesto pasta won out.

First I flattened out out my chicken breast with the meat tenderizer, then added some jalapeno jack cheese and crab.

Then I carefully rolled it all together and dipped it in an egg wash and coated it with flour.

Next I seared it to give it a good crust, then finished cooking it in the oven.

While the chicken was cooking, I sauteed my vegetables, starting with my heartier vegetables first, then adding the softer ones later.

I served it all over pasta topped with pesto sauce.

Pesto is one of my favorite sauces. I could eat something with pesto all the time. Everything all worked out, and you would think I had this all planned out beforehand, but once again, I was just using up my leftovers.

We leave on Friday, and I still have a couple of things left in my fridge that we need to eat before we go. Can I do it? I think so. I love a good challenge. πŸ™‚

Have a great day and make everyday great. Stay safe and stay well. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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