Serendipitous Synergy Salad
Sometimes just throwing together a bunch of different things you happen to have on hand can result in a meal so delicious it could have it’s own recipe… even though it doesn’t.
So take this either way: think of it as a recipe for a fantastic lunch or dinner dish, a delicious complete meal in a bowl; or think of it as an example of how to eat healthily with a complete lack of meal planning.
If you were to think of it as a recipe: combine cold rice pilaf, chopped steamed green beans, diced roasted chicken meat, and chopped sprouts. Stir in a little salad dressing and serve.
Now, I think it’s more interesting as a story… a story about a man who loves to ride his bicycle and hates to waste food:
Once upon a time, yesterday in fact, I roasted a chicken. I just roasted it plain, no salt or pepper or anything, just took it out of it’s packaging and put it in the oven for a while till it was cooked. While it was roasting, I invited my friend over for dinner. My friend isn’t eating wheat these days, so rather than serving my homemade whole wheat bread I cooked some brown rice.
I wanted to make the brown rice a little more interesting, so… I happened to have some leftover nuts and dried fruit mix from a recent bicycling trip. I used the bottom of a mug to crush up the nuts a bit, and I added them to the pot to cook with the rice. My pal loved that rice!
My biking buddy brought me some green beans that had been included in her CSA box last week. The beans were getting old and she didn’t think they could be saved, but she knows I hate to waste food so she gave them to me. This morning I washed and sorted the beans and managed to save most of them. I steamed them in a little boiling water for about two minutes, and they were delicious. I had some of them for breakfast.
I tend to make too many sprouts when I grow sprouts, and I had this big container of mixed alfalfa, radish, broccoli, and some other kind of sprouts.
Thus is set the stage and now cometh lunchtime. Chicken, I think, I must eat to use up the bits of meat on the carcass left over from yesterday’s dinner. What about that leftover rice? Ah! Lightbulb! A chicken and rice salad. Got all those green beans I need to use, so… in a bowl goes cold rice pilaf, chop up green beans with scissors, chop up a handful of sprout mix with scissors, pick a bunch of pieces of chicken meat off the cold bones of the bird, stir in a little salad dressing (any kind salad dressing – it matters not).
Ta-daaa! Delicious! What an excellent lunch! It would be worth all the trouble of making it on purpose if I had made it on purpose, only I didn’t.
Chicken and Rice Pilaf Salad – or – Serendipitous Synergy Salad:
Rice and beans…
…some kind of vegetation…
… any meat you want to use up…
…mixed with dressing. YES! GOOD!