When Matthew first started kindergarten I remember buying tons of cute little Tupperware containers to use for his lunch. I tried to give him a healthy assortment of foods packed Bento style. As the months passed I started noticing all those cute little containers coming back unopened. At home he is an adventurous eater and I just assumed that it would carry over to school as well.
When I questioned him about it, his answer was simple; “Mommy, we just don’t have enough time to eat everything.” After spending some time volunteering at the school I witnessed the chaos firsthand. Some kids were so distracted by all the noise they hardly ate at all. Included in the short lunch period is also a little time for recess. So, the quicker the kids finish eating the quicker they can go outside and run around. I can’t speak for every child but I know mine would prefer playing tag with his friends to struggling with a Tupperware full of cherry tomatoes.
This year I need to get strategic so I am chucking all of those little containers and rethinking lunch. The idea was to come up with some options that would be easy to eat, nutritious, and all in one package. And it needed to taste good too, of course.
I think I came up with a winner. Typically if I make a sandwich with a slice of tomato or lettuce those get pulled off and thrown to the side. So why not try to incorporate some veggies inside the filling instead?
Chicken Fiesta Salad Sandwich
2 cups rotisserie chicken, rough chopped, 1/2 dark & 1/2 white meat
1 cup of vegetables, these can vary according to taste, we used the following:
cucumber, seeded and finely diced into cubes
orange pepper, finely diced
yellow pepper finely diced
2 Tbsp honey Dijon mustard
Salt & peeper to taste
6 small Ciabatta rolls
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, vegetables of your choosing, mayonnaise, and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Scoop out some of the bread inside the roll so the sandwich will stay intact when bitten into. Place a scoop of chicken salad on the roll and pack into your child’s favorite lunchbox!
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew (age 6): “I would definitely eat this for lunch”
Liam (age 4): “It smells good but I am only licking the bread”
Dylan (age 4): “Hey! There are peppers in here!”
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