- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 and 1/2 cups red bell pepper strips
- 2 cups chopped and cooked Gardein Tuscan chicken breast (without sauce)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs (such as Whole Foods 365)
- 2 cups hot cooked ziti*
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
- 1/4 cup grated vegan cheese
2. Stir in the cooked ziti and the black pepper. Divide the pasta mixture evenly among 4 plates or bowls, and top each serving with 1 tablespoon basil and 1 tablespoon vegan cheese. I recommend grating the vegan mozzarella block from Galaxy foods for this dish, although vegan Parmesan sprinkles would probably be yummy too.
To round out the meal, toss leftover lettuce (that was romaine in my kitchen tonight) with any bottled dressing; right now I'm loving the non-dairy Caesar from Organicville. Add fresh bread, and you're ready to go.
*Use 4 ounces uncooked ziti to equal the 2 cups cooked called for in this recipe. If you don't have ziti on hand, penne would work just as well.
4 servings (about 1 and 1/2 cups pasta mixture, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 tablespoon cheese), Calories 312
A great all-purpose meal, with a nice blend of the convenient (canned tomatoes, pasta) and the fresh (oregano and basil). Because Italian-style canned tomatoes have sugar added, I found the sauce to be a touch sweet. Next time, I recommend a more savory canned tomato sauce instead. That minor complaint aside, this recipe was super homey, and felt like the family-style fare you can find in a good Italian restaurant, especially when served with the salad and bread.
Looking for other quick ideas to use up leftover Gardein chicken? Here are just a few of my simple favorites:
Cut Gardein chicken into bite-sized pieces and saute with a little garlic and green onions; stir into leftover chilled rice.
Cut Gardein chicken into bite-sized pieces and saute with cumin and chili powder. Toss with thawed frozen corn, green onions, lime juice, and cilantro, and serve over baked potatoes.
Cut the Gardein into thin strips and thread onto skewers, sate-style. Grill and serve with store-bought peanut sauce.