Last Minute Saute

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I’m housesitting for a friend for the next few days, so needed to clean out my fridge.  As much as I love making recipes that I find, I adore creating a yummy meal from random ingredients on hand. This is especially helpful when you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to plan out meals — the more creative you let yourself be, the easier it can be to come up with a healthy, tasty meal in just a few minutes.

Since I didn’t use a recipe, I don’t have one to share — but below are the approximations. Really, any fresh produce will do. You could also use tofu or tempeh as a protein.

– 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces
– handful asparagus, chopped into 2-in pieces
– ear of corn, cut off the cob
– red and yellow pepper, sliced and halved
– 1/2 vidalia onion, sliced
– zucchini, sliced longwise and chopped coarsely
– 2 cloves garlic
– chicken broth
– kudzu (cornstarch would work too
– random seasonings: tarragon, dried parsley, dried mustard, paprika

In a large skillet, saute onions and peppers in olive oil for 3-4 minutes.  Add the rest of the vegetables and cook for 7-10 minutes, until everything is tender.  Add chicken, 1/2 chicken broth, and 1 tbsp kudzu, to thicken the broth. Cook for 1-2 minutes until these is a nice sauce.

Serve immediately over pasta or a grain. I served mine with rice!

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