1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #113
LUNCH – Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
One of my favorite ways to save time (and get a little creative) in the kitchen, is to take leftovers from dinner and reinvent them, a bit or a lot, to make lunch. And this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe from gimmesomeoven.com was a terrific dinner recipe to do just that. Not only was it made in a slow cooker (thank you very much slow cooker for cooking me dinner), but it tasted great, everyone loved it (4 of my family members and 5 daycare kids) and there are so many ways to reinvent those leftovers.
We had it for dinner along with rice and a salad. For lunch I used romaine leaves, using the larger leaves and tearing off the bottom portion, and adding the chicken, some julienne carrots, sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Then I showed the kids how to fold the lettuce around the filling and eat it “like a hot dog”.
SNACK – Fruit Cups & Lunch Box Granola Bars
Fruit cups are a perfect little snack. Grab the ripest (must eat first) fruit from the fruit bowl, cut it up and put it in a cute little silicone muffin cup and you are almost ready for a little party. Pair it with an easy to grab lunch box granola bar and you have a snack perfect for home, the park or to pack in a school lunch box. For these fruit cups I used pear, banana and pomegranate.
Get the recipe here – Lunch Box Granola Bars
SNACK – Popcorn Bowl
Popcorn bowls are a quick and fun way to throw together a snack for after school, movie night or just about any other time. I use an air popper to pop the corn and then mix in whatever suits the mood. It’s a great way to get the kids involved too. Everyone gets to pick something they like and some might even learn to like something new.
Last year, I switched over one of my cupboards to hold mason jars filled with things just like this. Shredded coconut, raisins, dried cranberries and other dried fruits. A variety of different nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts and pecans. Different seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seed as well as popping corn.
For this popcorn bowl I used popcorn (obviously:), almonds, dried cranberries and dill pickle pumpkin seeds (a great recipe post from backtoherroots.com with 6 ways to season pumpkin seeds). Try some other popcorn bowl combos here – popcorn to go, with hot sauce butter and make your own:)
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:)