leftovers. where dreams live.
So yesterday I made tandoori chicken which I do like every other week. I always make a lot so I can have all the leftovers. I obviously love to cook but that doesn't necessarily mean that I want to cook every single day for every single meal. As someone who loves quick and easy meals the most...the easiest thing you can do is put together ingredients from leftovers to create a whole new meal. One of my favorite guilty pleasures is to take all my leftovers at the end of the week and make a pizza.
Here they are! Aren't they glorious?? Again, I can't tell you how much I love these containers - not just for food prep but also for storing leftovers. You can pick the size that works best for what you have left over thereby maximizing your precious fridge space and they are spill proof and light weight as well as being clear so you can easily see what you have to work with!
Now, you can certainly make your own pizza crust but I try and keep things gluten free with my RA and I have made homemade pizza dough in the past and it's never as crunchy as I like. I finally found a thin, gluten free and dairy free pre-made pizza crust that I love and it's the prefect size for a personal sized pizza. I love that because it comes in a 2-pack and that way you can customize both of them to personal preferences. My personal preference is to have this pizza on my plate in front of the couch watching a movie for the night in 15 minutes. There are also so many good options these days to get pre-made crusts - in the freezer section of your grocery store or even pre-made pizza dough at the deli counter. I'm sure that most of you have found your favorites already! This is my go-to: udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crusts. As I said, it's gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. Also, because they are thin, they get super crispy and you don't feel like all the carbs have gotten you!
The second thing that I used for this quick fix dinner was a combination of red chili sauce and masala chili. Why? Because I had them in the fridge! These both can be found at your local Indian grocery store but you can certainly use regular pizza sauce or even leftover marinara sauce in your fridge. I have even used a combo of ketchup and hot sauce in a pinch. Get creative people!
Next, prep anything else that you think would be yummy in your pizza and create your workspace. In my case, I had some leftover shishito peppers from earlier in the week that I wanted to use as well as some cilantro - the love for it is strong with me. I also mixed up my sauce and cut my roasted cauliflower florets that I had roasted yesterday into smaller bite size pieces.
The rest was perfect as is. Time to assemble!
How easy was that and how delicious does that look? Read the package/instructions on your crust because the toppings are pretty much already cooked and you really just want to melt the cheese and toast everything up. In my case, the package on the crust said 350F for 10 minutes. So that's what I did and voila! Nom nom nom!
I, of course, drizzled my pizza with my everything sauce because...well... it really does go with everything. So the only question left is...what leftovers can you use for your own pizza?? Here's a recap of mine.
Tandoori Chicken Pizza
1 pre-made pizza crust (I used udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crusts)
3 Tbsp of Masala Chili Sauce (I used a combination of 2 different kinds but you can use whatever you have on hand)
1/2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of diced Chicken Tikka
2 Tbsp of chopped roasted cauliflower (or any leftover vegetables that you have)
1 Tbsp of thinly sliced red onions
4 shishito peppers, stems removed and cut in halves
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped finely
1 Tbsp of cilantro Serrano lime crema sauce (for garnish)
Preheat your oven to 350F (read the instructions on your pizza crust as it will vary).
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place your pizza crust on top.
Spread the sauce on the pizza crust with the back of a spoon, reaching about a half inch from the crust.
Spread about two thirds of the cheese on the sauce. Add all of your toppings to the pizza and then top with the remain third of cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and everything has had a chance to toast up.
Drizzle with some sauce and enjoy!
Doesn't get much simpler than that! Spend your time with your family or just relaxing - I guarantee that no one in your household will complain about eating leftovers that night!
LINKS TO ALL THE THINGS:
Food containers (for food prep and storing leftovers)