What to do with leftovers and random bits and pieces? Or perhaps you can’t be bothered making anything complicated for dinner.
Throw it all together to make a casserole. Easy.
This here is a gluten- and grain-free layered casserole thrown together with leftovers and random items from the fridge. You could definitely vary this with whatever you’ve got.
As long as you’ve got a great protein source (meat, fish, egg, nuts/seeds), along with some kind of leafy green (kale, spinach, chard), and a variety of other vegetables and/or herbs and/or nutritious carbohydrates, you are good to go with a complete meal. It would even better if you had some steamed or lightly sautéed vegetables, or a salad on the side.
- leftover roast chicken
- entire bunch of kale
- couple of potatoes (sweet potatoes or a mix would be great)
- lots of onion
- lots of garlic
- cream (or coconut cream for dairy-free)
- variety of fresh and dried herbs
- vegetable stock paste (I make this – I’ll share the recipe soon)
- butter (or use ghee or coconut oil)
What I did:
- Slice potatoes (skin on) thinly on a mandolin for quick cooking time and set aside (be warned – do NOT make this a very deep casserole if time is of the essence. Or else parboil/steam them first. My ‘quick’ dinner took ages to cook all the way through all the layers because I got carried away. It was very deep!).
- Sautée onion, garlic, fresh sage leaves and more dried herbs, veg stock paste in butter (or ghee or coconut oil).
- Then to that add full fat good quality cream (or coconut cream) and cook through a little longer.
- In a greased casserole dish layer potato, kale, torn apart cooked chicken, cream sauce, a few times, until done. To the top of mine I also sprinkled a few sliced up bits of potato (‘chips’) that I had left over that didn’t fit in the layers.
- Into oven until potato cooked through. Which shouldn’t take long if the casserole isn’t too deep OR potatoes partially cooked before assembling.
It was quite delicious. Enjoy!