Monday, September 30, 2013

Veggie wraps

Here I am one more time trying to incorporate vegetables on my kids school lunches. As they love wraps, I created a veggie one with ingredients that they like. I washed one zucchini and one yellow squash, cut them in half, removed the seeds and cut again in thin stripes. After I saute them with olive oil and salt for two minutes. While it was cooling down I shredded one carrot. When I was ready to assemble, I got one multi-grain wrap, arranged  two slices of Havarti cheese (can be any sliced cheese) close to the border and on top put a handful of the zucchini, yellow squash and the shredded carrots. Started by rolling the tortilla and cheese on top of the veggies, then tucked in both sides and finally rolled until the end. To glue I spread a bit of mayo, but I'm sure my kids would prefer hummus. Next time!!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Super simple!! This is a little spin on a regular pasta salad that my kids love. I cooked half a package of penne and after it was room temperature, I put it into the fridge to cool down. Then I cut one small tomato in small dices, cut a handful of Kalamata olives in half (just to make sure they didn't have any pits left), and crumbled some Feta cheese. I tossed all the ingredients together, added a couple of basil leaves, drizzled olive oil and seasoned with salt. The kids loved it!!!!!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Raspberry Grilled Chicken Salad

It has been a long time since the last time I posted. It was a long and busy summer, and I was waiting for the kids to go back to school to restart working on my blog. During the last few months, I've been collecting ideas of interesting recipes to try for the kids lunches. Can't wait to make them all.

For today's salad, I did some prep work yesterday. I cut one chicken breast in 1/2 inch slices and marinated it (for about two hours) in tarragon, salt, Worcestershire sauce and Zesty Lemon Grapeseed Oil (you can always use other spices if you want). I bought the oil from a friend who sells Wildtree products. Grapeseed oil is an alternative for olive oil and it's known for it's moderate high smoke point, which means it takes longer to burn, making it great for sauteing among other things. Later, I grilled the chicken in a non greased pan until it was golden brown and cooked all through. Important: If you think that this is a lot of work, just season the chicken with salt and grill. It will taste good as well.

This morning, I washed two romaine hearts and cut them in small bites. Then I put a handful of the greens in a container and topped with the chicken cut in pieces, half slices of a cucumber and some raspberries. The dressing I decided to send on the side to prevent the greens from being mushy too soon. I mixed two parts of olive oil, one part of balsamic vinegar and salt. 

My daughter has been asking me to add to the blog that they love to bring to school the Stonyfield Organic Super Smoothie. I have to admit that I love it too!! The Smoothie comes in different flavors but our favorite is Strawberry Banana. By the way, I find it at Whole Foods Market.