Category Archives: Take Along Lunches

Chicken Fiesta Wrap with Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets

Fast Fixin' Refried Wrap
Recipe Courtesy of Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
Created by by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

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Originally posted 2013-04-28 05:00:00.

Fast Fixin’ Chicken Verde Wrap Recipe

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Chicken Nugget Verde Wrap
As you may have read on my review before, Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets are really yummy!  They also have some benefits that many other companies can’t boast!  Such as 20% less fat and calories than the leading brand (Tyson) and they are made with the best and healthiest part: breast meat!  Best of all though, is the taste!  They are really good…  LOL.  Think I may have said that!
Recipe by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

Ingredients:
4-5 Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
1 Spinach Tortilla (other tortilla of choice can be substituted)
Approximate portions:
2 Tbsp Guacamole with chopped tomatoes (store bought or homemade)
1 tsp chopped fresh red/purple onion (optional, can substitute red/green pepper)
1-2 Tbsp Shredded lettuce
1-2 tsp Shredded cheese (Mexican style, Monterey Jack, Cheddar,
Salsa verde to taste

Preparation*:
1. Using microwave- place Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets on microwave safe plate or
dish and heat according to package directions.

2. Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels, heat in microwave ~15-20 seconds until
warmed, but not stiff.

3. Spread guacamole in center of warmed tortilla. Add onions/peppers, lettuce,
cheese, chicken nuggets. Folding sides in, wrap contents into tortilla like a burrito.

6. Serve with side of salsa verde.

Chicken Verde Wrap + Salsa + Mango slices + Glass of Milk = Nutritious and
Complete Meal

Enjoy!

* Note- alternatively may heat tortillas and chicken nuggets in oven, wrap tortillas
in foil first. Ingredients can vary per taste and desired amount. Example, can add
chopped peppers, black olives, black bean refried beans, fruit salsa, hot sauce, etc.

Originally posted 2013-04-21 05:00:00.

DIY Lunchables


Who doesn’t love those yummy little lunchables!!! Aside from my wallet, I can’t think of anyone! My Monkey is always wanting to get them but I will never buy them because of the price! (I know, poor neglected Monkey, contact me for donation information! LOL)
So, in an effort to add to her lunch repetoire, I decided to make my own lunchable! Here is the price breakdown:
Generic Buttery Round Crackers: 2.36
Lunch meat (already had it on hand): no additional cost!
Sliced Cheese (also on hand): no additional cost!
So I guess the total cost was $2.36!!!
To add some varience, use different lunch meats, cheeses, and even pepperoni!
For Pizza Lunchables:
Pizza or Marinara Sauce (in a small container)
Sliced Pita Bread
Shredded Cheese
Pepperoni or ground meat (turkey, beef, or even sausage)
Spoon to Spread it on
I add a bowl of fruit, jello, or pudding as a side.
An added ‘suprise’ (if you don’t use them all the time) can be juice or drink mixes with their water. We do water everyday, as she needs it!   

Originally posted 2011-08-24 12:51:00.

School Lunch Ideas

12 Simple and Delicious Lunch Ideas

My Monkey was very excited about taking her lunches, wanting sandwiches everyday. I told her and told her that she would get sick of them, but what do I know! Last year, she got sick of sandwiches pretty quickly. Although I give her kudos for waiting so long to admit it! We seem to have an issue with being wrong! It could be due to the fact that she is a teenager!
In order to avoid hearing her whining and complaining, I decided to be pro-active and get creative this year! Hear are some of the ideas I’ve found and come up with! More often than not, I don’t have what I need to actually follow the recipes, so I adjust and make them up as I go! Here are the ones I have tried or am planning to try! I do my best to throw in as much nutrition as possible!
Wraps:
  1. Shredded chicken, black beans, fresh spinach, and Picante sauce
  2. Refried beans, ground meat, rice, and salsa
  3. Lunch meat, cheese, mayo
  4. Seasoned whole chicken, spinache, and cheese
Lunch Meat Pinwheels (I forgot to take the picture, but they turned out great!)
  1. lay out 1 piece of bread and roll flat with a rolling pin or glass
  2. smear on light layer of choice sauce (mayo, mustard, BBQ, ketchup, etc)
  3. layer choice of lunch meat
  4. top with cheese
  5. roll up into a ‘wheel’
  6. use toothpicks to make it stay
  7. refridgerate over night
  8. the next morning, simply take out the toothpicks and cut into bite size pieces, place in baggie!
PBJ Pinwheels- lightly layer peanut butter and jelly, then follow the previous directions to finish!
Salads: Mix tomatoes, dressing, boiled eggs together in a seperate container then the lettuce will stay fresh! Be sure to use a container big enough that they can mix it together!
Additional toppings (and nutrients!):
Kidney or black beans           Corn               Nuts                Sunflower Seeds
Cold Soups (i.e. cucumber or melon soup)
For Sides:
Pickles                                                         Pretzels                                            Marshmallows
Muffins                                                       Cookies                                                  Pudding
Fruit Cups                                                     Jello                                              Flavored Crackers
Tips & Suggestions for Lunch Boxes:
  1. if serving something that could get sticky, moisten a wash rag and put it in a seperate baggie
  2. To keep mini muffins or mini cupcakes soft, freeze them in the baggie the night before. By the time lunchtime comes around, they will be thawed AND they’ll keep the other food cool!
  3. Pickles go great in boxes, just place in baggie and remember #1!!!
  4. Don’t use ‘moist’ condiments, such as tomatoes or pickles on the sandwiches or wraps, as they will make everything soggy. Just put them in a seperate bag if desired!
  5. You can easily prepare the lunch box the night before, then stick it in the fridge, it will stay cold (duh!) and the bag will stay colder til at least lunch!
  6. If your Monkey likes mayo, you can easily add spices to it to it to add a little flare. My Monkey loves Cajun spices added, you can use taco spices, or whatever you like!
  7. Sneak in nutrients by using fresh spinache (most kids won’t associate the ‘icky’ spinache with the fresh as they look so differently!) or adding minced carrots and celery. More often than not, they either won’t notice or taste the difference!
  8. Add in a piece of gum or mint if sending something with onions or tuna. That way you won’t hear the ‘bad breathe’ complaints from the older Monkeys!
If you have any tips or easy school lunch ideas, I’d love to hear them!!! Can only re-cycle these recipes so many times before the Monkey is tired of them!!!  We’ve also got some great freeze ahead breakfasts you can check out!  Enjoy!

Originally posted 2011-08-21 17:50:00.

Back To School Lunch Snack

Back to School Snack Packs

So, in my house we eat a LOT of fresh strawberries and I HATE throwing things away, so the containers remained long after the strawberries were consumed…  All summer I’ve been putting them away until I had my brilliant use for them.  The other night it hit me: use them to store snacks for lunches!!!  Yay Me!!!   Some additional things I made for the containers were some with cookies, pretzels, and I’m adding mini muffins.  We put them in the freezer, and at the beginning of each week Monkey will pick out five snacks to put in her lunches.  This way, we don’t have to buy chips and I can sneak in some nutrition!!!  *Evil Laugh*
I made some snack mixes, placing them in snack size portion baggies and started using the containers!!!  I was so pleased with myself!!!  My family could care less.  LOL.  That’s okay, I’m still pleased!  So, here are the ‘recipes’ I came up with.  There aren’t any measurements, as I put as much of each ingredient as I wanted.  I used stuff we had on hand, such as the packages of cereal in the huge ziplock that wasn’t enough for a bowl but I just couldn’t waste!  In a valiant effort, if I do say so myself, not to spend money, I chose to use what I had on hand.  All except for a bag of pretzels, we don’t usually buy them so I did purchase those.  So basically, the cost to make these was summed up into the purchase of the pretzels!  (Again, I’m pleased with this here at the zoo!!!)

 

This mixture is whole wheat cheerios, pretzels, raisins and sprinkled some sugar cinnamon mix on .  Mixed and divided into baggies.  Yummy!!!

 

This mix is strawberry wheaties, chex cereal, raisins, and pretzels.  I didn’t add sugar or anything to this one since the wheaties had a strong strawberry flavor.
When I started, I had these grand pictures in my mind as to how to decorate the containers, then I realized that I was going to be storing them in the freezer and that just wouldn’t work.  So on the inside of the container, I taped in a label.  Voila!  Not pretty, but functional and handy!!!

 

Ideas for Snack Packs

  1. Chex Mix
  2. Dried Fruit
  3. Fruit and Nut Mix
  4. Mini Muffins, 3 per bag
  5. Pretzels
  6. Peanuts
  7. Grapes (gotta have an insulated lunch sack for this one!)
  8. Apple slices (put a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning)
  9. Mini Cupcakes (I’d stick with two for these!
  10. Cookies/Brownies (if you are like me and can’t make small cookies, use the sandwich bags!)

 

Originally posted 2011-08-13 02:47:00.

Super Yummy Chicken Spinach Wrap

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While I have no idea where I got this recipe, they are definitely super yummy, quick and even easy to make.  The leftovers would be great on a salad too!  You can definitely use any type of tortilla shells, I think the sun-dried tomatoes would be great with it as well.  I hope you enjoy.  I never know what to serve with them, so I’d love to hear what you had with yours!

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 cayenne pepper

Mix ingredients in a small container and refrigerate while you cook the chicken.

For the Wrap

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1/2 c salsa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Spinach Tortillas
  • Spinach
  1. Cut chicken breasts into thin strips.
  2. Heat pan (I used my wok) over med-high heat.  When the skillet is hot, add oil.
  3. Cook chicken through.
  4. Turn flame down to medium, add salsa and stir.  Cook the salsa down so that it will cook the flavor into the chicken.
  5. Make wrap with a good amount of spinach and chicken.  Enjoy.

I’d love to hear any tips, thoughts or anything that went perfect with it!