1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #38
LUNCH – Grilled Chicken Wraps with Cheese & Tomato + Veggies on the side
Just about every week I cook a chicken, sometimes two at the same time. I usually either roast a whole chicken in the oven or cook one in the crock pot. Sometimes I use bone in chicken parts and sometimes, but less and less often, boneless chicken breast which my husband cooks on the BBQ. The idea is to cook enough in order to have leftovers for a few days. It also allows me to stay well stocked with chicken stock:)
I cooked this chicken in the crock pot on Monday for dinner, made chicken stock in the crock pot overnight, made these grilled wraps for dinner on Tuesday night and because we all liked them so much, we had them again for lunch. Such a time saver!
To make the wraps I lined the cooked chicken down the center of a whole wheat tortilla, topped it with shredded cheese and sliced tomato, rolled up the wrap burrito style and grilled it on my panini press. You could really go all out here and load up on all sorts of veggies. For dinner my family loaded up their own veggies – peppers, spinach etc. For the daycare lunch, I made the wraps up in the morning (because I knew it was going to be an especially busy day), so I only added tomato and served lots of veggies on the side. Next time I make these with the daycare kids, I plan to get them involved by letting them add their own veggies. These were good! Everyone gobbled them up. Here’s another lunch idea where I used leftover crock pot chicken.
SNACK – Oatmeal with Dried Apricots, Apples and Cinnamon
To make this oatmeal I added 1/3 cup of chopped dried apricots to 3 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan and brought it to a boil. Then I stirred in 2 cups of old fashioned oats, reduced the heat to medium and simmered the oatmeal for about 5 minutes or until all the liquid was absorbed. Then I removed the oatmeal from the heat and stirred in 1/3 cup of chopped apples. After spooning the oatmeal into individual bowls, I sprinkled it with cinnamon and served it with milk in a little bottle, so the kids could add it to their oatmeal or drink it (or both) like here and here.
SNACK – Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter & Strawberries and Oranges
This is my version of PB&J. Replacing the jam with fresh sliced strawberries means the only sugar in this snack is naturally occurring. Using a serrated knife to “saw” the rice cake into halves or quarters makes it a more manageable size for younger kids. Rice cakes are such a versatile snack. We keep them on hand pretty much all the time. Here’s another healthy rice cake snack we had recently.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy lunch and snacks that I serve 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:)