So we're working on making nutritious, fast and easy ideas for the kids' lunchboxes. Yesterday's was a "fun one" so today I'm going to opt for something a bit more substantial, and good for you. Everything in moderation (tomorrow's will be a sweet, I promise..:) after all the kids have to have DESSERT! LOL)
This pita filling made with chicken is also great in a wrap or simply put into a tupperware and eaten with a fork. Those plastic containers made by Glad are great (sold in the plastic bag, foil aisle) and inexpensive. If they don't happen to make it back home in the kids' lunchbox, it's really not that big of a deal. Coupled with plastic silverware it's a good idea. I've even seen people use the plastic silverware and then put the salad into a ziploc bag and...at lunchtime...simply unzip the bag and eat!, then everything can go straight into the trash! Depends on how "green" you are at your house.
Cool Chicken Pita
2 c. honeydew melon
1 c. finely chopped cucumber
1 c. finely chopped zucchini
1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions
2 c. shredded chicken (this can be from a deli rotisserie chicken breast, leftover chicken, or even the canned variety; make sure it's white meat chicken breast and that you drain very well and shred well if you're using the canned.)
1/3 c. lime juice
2 T. canola oil
2 T. water
2 T. snipped fresh mint (optional)
1 T. sugar
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
In large bowl toss together the honeydew, cucumber, zuccini, green onions and chicken
For dressing...in a container with a lid (tightly fitting)combine lime juice, oil, water, mint, sugar and pepper. Cover and shake well. Drizzle dressing over the melon mixture and toss lightly to coat.
If using as a sandwich filler slice pita breads in half, split open carefully and fill, or you can place into the middle of a "wrap" and then roll TIGHTLY...then slice in half; on the diagonal. If making to use as sandwiches this will make between 4-6.
Today's food quote: "Ask a child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying" Fran Lebowitz.
Recommended kitchen tool: invest in good knives for slicing and chopping. It's usually not a good idea to buy the "knife set"..and the ones that come already in a chopping block are often even worse. Start small. Buy a good paring knife and a good chopping knife. Later you can add a serrated knife for slicing breads, a filet knive and steak knives. But bad knives end up cutting more people then good, sharp ones do. Also, get cutting boards that can go directly into the dishwasher, as the hotter water temperature can sterilize them. I have a large wooden cutting board for cutting pizzas, etc. But make sure you don't EVER chop or cut anything on a cutting board after you've cut up any type of raw meat on it. Bad idea....really dangerous....but you probably already knew that. :)