Let’s face it, you can only eat so many turkey sandwiches. Your kids probably feel the same way. But they’re quick and easy to throw together, so no one blames you for how often they occupy the lunchbox. If it feels like a good time to switch things up, these recipes are simple, easy, and will get you some newfound praise over the lunch table.
Chicken and Rice Patties
3 cups cooked rice (about 1 cup uncooked)
1 chicken breast
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 large carrot
3 spring onions stalks
1⅓ cups grated mozzarella cheese
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.Split chicken breast down the center (for faster cooking).
3.Heat oil in a medium frying pan and cook chicken breast on both sides.
4.Remove from pan and shred chicken using a fork and set aside.
5.Grate carrot so you have at least 1 cup.
6.Finely slice spring onions.
7.Lightly beat the eggs.
8.In a large bowl add cooked rice, chicken, carrot, spring onions, eggs and about ¾s of the cheese and mix well.
9.Spray muffin trays with cooking spray and then spoon mixture into the trays. Top with remaining cheese.
10.Place in the oven for 15 minutes until the tops turn golden brown.
11.Let them sit in the trays for a few minutes before removing to rack to cool. Use a knife to work around the edges of the rice patties to make removing them easier. Makes 12 patties.
Rainbow Hummus Wraps
4-6 whole grain wraps
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 cup matchstick carrots
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
For the hummus (without tahini):
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2 to 4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Blend hummus ingredients in food processor until smooth and creamy. Add olive oil slowly (to taste) for creamier texture.
2. Slice veggies into long strips.
3. Spread hummus in an even layer across wrap. Layer veggies (in rainbow order) over hummus, add salt and pepper if desired, and roll tightly. Slice into pinwheels for more fun or slice in half as a regular wrap.
Blender Zucchini Waffle Sticks
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3-1/2 cup milk (adjust to desired consistency)
2 cup oats
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup zucchini, grated
1. Blend all ingredients together, except zucchini.
2. Add batter to a mixing bowl and stir in zucchini.
3. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook, according to the directions provided by your waffle iron.
4. When waffle or waffle sticks are done cooking, carefully remove from iron. 5. Serve warm with maple syrup to topping of choice. Makes 20 sticks.