left over chicken, quinoa and asparagus quickie dinner

Life around our house has been a few cup fulls short of calm lately. Both boys have been sick with the flu, I have had end of the year preschool baking to do, elementary teacher appreciation day trifle to make (with a friend, thank goodness), a pile of laundry to deal with (see "flu" above), etc, etc and today I began to feel as if the "Mommy Genes" were starting to fail me. In a nutshell, I've been feeling tired and cranky and wondering if the flu bug was tapping my shoulder...

But even when Mommy is not her best, dinner still needs to be made. I had a few leftovers in the fridge that were begging to be used. A bit of cooked chicken, a couple of cups of cooked quinoa and a half bunch of asparagus. On my window sill, a handful of beautifully red and ripe grape tomatoes along with a couple cloves of fresh garlic. And there is always a bottle of olive oil in the cupboard.

I'm not going to say much more about it other than that it was good. Really good. If you have any leftover rice or pasta, that will work instead of the quinoa. It's all good. And I don't have any more leftovers staring at me when I open the fridge door. :-)

Leftover Chicken, Quinoa and Asparagus
(Prep Time: 5 minutes/Total Time: 15 minutes. Serves 2)

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces (broccoli, spinach or zucchini would work well too)
handful of grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup cooked chicken
2 cups cooked quinoa (or rice or pasta)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat then add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add asparagus and tomatoes. Cook 3 - 4 minutes more then add leftover chicken and quinoa. Cook another 2 - 3 minutes until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve!
Cari Snell is a mom, wife and the editor and recipe wrangler of Can I get the Recipe? An online source providing weekly printable recipes, shopping lists, great giveaways and more.

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