1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #100
LUNCH – Chicken Sliders with Veggies & Mustard Dip
Veggies with mustard dip??? Sounds a bit strange, I know, but a few weeks back I served the meatball version of these chicken sliders along with some mustard for the kids to dip the meatballs into, but instead they dipped their veggies in the mustard. Whatever works, right! So mustard it is. Mustard is actually one of my favorite condiments because it has so few ingredients and no added sugar, like a lot of other condiments, so I am always trying to “sell” it to the kids. Only it turns out, this time, they sold it to me:)
This Chicken Slider recipe is a favourite with both my family and the daycare kids. In addition to the fact that it tastes great, I love it because I can use it to make burgers, sliders or meatballs. Usually I make a combination of two or three of these, so we have easy lunches and handy snacks throughout the week.
SNACK – Greeked Yogurt with Frozen Berries & Waffle Dippers
We eat a lot of yogurt and we have grown to love Greek yogurt. It’s thick and creamy and because it can pack up to twice the amount of calcium as plain regular yogurt, I find the kids fill up on it quicker. But it can be very expensive compared to regular yogurt, so I have started to greek my own.
It’s so simple, just line a strainer with cheese cloth and place it over a bowl, spoon in the regular yogurt, cover it with a clean tea towel and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Then wake to a strainer full of “greeked” yogurt. I usually dump an entire family size container of yogurt into the strainer at a time. I use a sharpie marker to write “greeked” on the lid of the container and put it back in the fridge (empty) until the morning, then I refill it with the strained yogurt.
About a year a ago we made the switch from store bought flavoured yogurt (mostly vanilla) to plain yogurt with no added sugar. It has definitely been a transition, more for some than others, but change takes time and we did it! Part of that transition was taking control of the amount and type of sweetener I added to the yogurt. Stirring in a bit of honey or drizzling on some maple syrup (like I did here) allowed me to both control what we were eating and reduce the amount of sweetener over time.
We now eat yogurt with no sweetener most of the time, but occasionally I will add some honey or maple syrup for a treat, when I’m serving it as a dessert or if we have a child hanging out with us who isn’t used to unsweetened yogurt (which was the case here:). I also served it along with some frozen berries and a waffle dipper made from toasting (in the toaster) and cutting up some waffles that I had in the freezer.
SNACK – Apple & Cheddar Melts with Slivered Almonds & Raisins
These apple and cheddar melts are a perfect snack, in my mind anyway:) Why do I like them so much? Well first, apples, cheddar and cinnamon – yum! Plus they are easy to make, they are great if you have a large group to feed (can you say sheet pan) and both adults and kids love them (glass of wine or glass of milk).
To make: Slice the apples nice and thin (I used a mandoline) and soak them in 2 cups of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, for 10 minutes. this keeps the apples from turning brown. Lay out the apple slices on some paper towels and blot them dry. Arrange the apple slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet/sheet pan, top with a slice of cheddar cheese and a second apple slice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Keep your eyes glued on them though, they only take a few minutes. I pull them out when the cheese just starts to melt. I served them here with some slivered almonds and some raisins, but really anything goes.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)