Tasty Easy Piri Piri Chicken Salad & Using up Leftover Butternut
I used to be a firm believer that everything had to be cooked from scratch and I wouldn’t use any convenience food at all. Over the last couple of years I think the majority of the supermarkets have really stepped up their game and there are actually some really good convenience foods available and although I would still always cook from scratch the majority of the time, I do now use some of the ready to cook products for a quick and easy dinner.
The product that I have used for this super tasty easy salad is the piri piri chicken ready to cook from Tesco which has 2 large chicken breasts, skin on and coated in a piri piri rub. If you are not keen on buying this you could easily make your own piri piri marinaded chicken and roast it yourself.
For this recipe I used the left over butternut bulb that I had after I made my spiralised satay butternut recipe that you can see here. We have been trying to make a real conscious effort to reduce the amount of food waste from the house which I think is really important and certainly a hot topic just now.
Have you watched any of Hughs War on Waste that has been on the TV over the last couple of weeks? I think it has been a real eye opener for some people and hopefully there will be a halo effect from households right up to retailers to reduce the amount of food waste in the UK, and the world.
I do, however, have to say that I found the story of the Hammonds parsnip farm quite frustrating and disgusting that they could not find a single other outlet for their ‘out of spec’ / ‘reject’ parsnips that were not accepted by Morrisons for the bagged product they sold. I struggle to believe that they could not sell on their seconds to wholesalers or to other manufacturers that could further process the parsnips for ready to roast wedges or to dice for soup packs for instance.
I firmly believe that the issue of food waste is everyones responsibility and not just the supermarkets. I know for a fact that I hand pick the prettier looking vegetables and avoid the ones with broken skins or defects or are bizarre shapes – can you honestly say that you would pick up a parsnip that had a tiny skinny tail over a well formed one? Or what about the massive courgettes that Sainsburys sell? I generally would not pick those up for the thought that they would be full of seeds and lacking flavour.
What are your thoughts on the matter?