1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #128
Lunches and snacks don’t need to be fancy to get rave reviews. With a few simple ingredients, some leftovers and a well stocked pantry, you can make a variety of easy, no fuss, healthy and delicious lunches and snacks the whole family will get excited about.
Bananas with Warm Peanut Butter and Homemade Berry Sauce // Warm peanut butter draped over bananas makes this healthy snack feel more like a dessert.
All of the ingredients for this snack we have on hand, pretty much all the time. Unless, of course, our grocery situation is in dire straights (it’s happened:) or I’m hiding bananas to make banana bread (also happens:) Bananas from the fruit bowl, peanut butter from the fridge, frozen berries, to make the homemade fruit sauce, from the freezer and sliced almonds from the pantry.
Simply slice a banana (or half a banana), top with warmed peanut butter, a spoonful of homemade fruit sauce and some sliced almond, or any other nuts you have on hand. Warming the peanut butter slightly, makes it all runny and delicious when poured over the sliced bananas and takes this snack from simple snack to dessert status.
To warm the peanut butter, scoop a couple of spoonfuls into a microwavable bowl and microwave, for 10 seconds at a time, until the peanut butter is warm and runny, stirring each time. Or if you prefer, heat the peanut butter in a small saucepan, over low heat, on your cooktop. The homemade fruit sauce is simple to make with frozen fruit from the freezer, and having a jar on hand means having lots of lunch and snack options. like waffled sandwiches, yogurt with granola, toast with cream cheese, applesauce and oatmeal to name a few.
Grilled Chicken and Kale Wraps // Leftover chicken from dinner, gets reinvented as cheesy chicken and kale wraps, grilled to perfection.
The kids love these!!! They are crispy, cheesy and the maple dijon dressing adds just the right amount of flavour. I love that it’s a way for me to serve kale, in a way the kids like, and that the wraps are delicious served warm or cold, which means they are perfect for packing in school lunches too.
What makes these wraps so easy, is that I used leftovers from our Easy Roasted Chicken with Acorn Squash Salad and Wild Rice dinner. I roasted extra chicken, so that we would intentionally have leftovers, I used the maple dijon dressing to dress the kale and I even used extra sliced cucumbers, that I had prepped for the salad.
We had these for lunch, but we could just as easily have had them for a second dinner first, making a few extra wraps at dinner, letting them cool while we ate, and then packing them up for school and/or work lunches for the following day. That’s two dinners and a lunch from leftovers!
To make the Grilled Chicken and Kale Wraps, I massaged 1 cup of finely chopped kale in 1 teaspoon of maple dijon dressing, with my hands, until the kale was tender. Then I shredded the chicken from one roasted chicken breast and grated 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
To assemble the wraps, I laid out 10 (8 inch) whole wheat tortillas on my work surface and evenly divided the chicken, then the kale and then the cheese in the centre of each of the 10 tortillas. To wrap the tortillas, I folded in both sides, then folded the bottom up and then rolled the tortilla over to enclose. I grilled the wraps on a panini press, on high, until golden grill marks started to appear (you could also grill them in a pan, over medium high heat, flipping them over once golden).
Popcorn Snack Bowl // Air popped popcorn gets topped up with some pantry fixings to create a fun snack for after school or for movie night.
Popcorn snack bowls are a super easy, fun way to make so many different combinations of snacks. The key is having a well stocked pantry. I have mason jars filled with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc., that I use to make snacks with all the time. You can read more about that here and also see another popcorn snack bowl combo. In fact, my well stocked pantry, is where the sliced almonds on the Bananas with Warm Peanut Butter and Homemade Berry Sauce at the top of this post, came from.
1/4 cup of popcorn kernels pops into about 5 cups of popcorn. This individual popcorn snack bowl is a combo of 1 cup of air popped popcorn, a pinch of cinnamon, 1 sliced dried apricot, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin seeds and 1 teaspoon of raisins. Normally, I don’t measure everything out though, I simply grab a few jars, pop the corn and sprinkle a bit of everything in each bowl. It’s literally that fast. It also makes a great on-the-go snack for road trips or packed in school and work lunches.
Happy lunching (and snacking:)
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:)