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

Ingredients:

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

1/4-cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsp honey Dijon mustard

Salt & peeper to taste

6 small Ciabatta rolls

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, vegetables of your choosing, mayonnaise, and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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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!

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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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Elaine Studdert

Elaine Studdert

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I am no chef – I am just a girl who loves to cook and loves to eat! I have three of the toughest little critics around who are my official tasters. My mission is to expose them to new flavors and have them eat real food, not from a box, and actually enjoy it too.

My blog is about documenting my culinary experiments with three very rambunctious and opinionated little boys. Each week I test a new dish, a new spice, or a give a twist to an old classic.  I don’t want to change the world but I do want to get my kids to eat some broccoli once in awhile.