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I can’t believe we are heading back to school already. It seems like the school year drags, and summer is a whirlwind! We have three school age children so keeping the chaos at a minimum is crucial! I’m all about meal planning and easy cooking ideas when school is in because we are just too busy as a family to live any other way. I’m usually trying to pick up everything I need for school in one (or two) trips, so I love Walmart because it lets me do just that.
I can get all of their school supplies, backpacks and lunchboxes, and even my super handy meal ideas that are going to take me from zero to mealtime hero! Tyson® products are my go-to because they save me money, they’re delicious, and I can literally use them in every meal of the day…especially lunch. That’s important because it’s the only meal my children don’t eat with me so I want to make sure they eat well. I want them to be excited to eat their lunch! I can make sure they get their protein in, and with options like Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips I can be versatile with their meal choices which is key to making lunches that kids want to eat.
They need to have choices. Eating the same thing everyday is going to bore them, and you’ll end up with lunches that get left behind in the lunchroom. (Ask me how I know.) So one day I may pack the Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips as dippers with a little sauce and some carrot sticks and chips on the side, then the next day I may make a wrap with the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken! See how that works?
Here are some other tips to give your children a lunch they’re excited to eat:
Let them make it. Supervise them of course, but these chicken strips are super easy to prepare. The most effort will be in laying everything out for them to use. Children are more likely to eat food they prepare themselves.
Make it colorful! Kids are just like adults, just smaller. They too want to eat foods that are visually appealing. Add some veggies, and fruits to their lunches to give them some bright colors that are good for them too!
Give them real food. There’s no such thing as “kid foods.” (Well, there shouldn’t be.) Kids meals should be portioned smaller, but they love real food just like we do. With these protein packed strips you don’t have to worry! They’re getting the good stuff.
Southwest Chicken Wrap
4 Small Flour Tortillas
Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips
1 Tomato, diced
1 bag Frozen corn, thawed
1 red onion, diced
Mexican cheese, shredded
1/4c. Ranch dressing
Cut 2 chicken strips into chunks, and place in the middle of tortilla. Top with lettuce, corn, onion, and cheese. Drizzle teaspoon of ranch dressing on filling. Roll tortilla once, and tuck ends of the wrap, and continue rolling to close. Cut in half for easy serving. Enjoy!
Wraps are one of our favorite things to make for the children because they’re small, portable, and the filling possibilities are endless. When you grab your Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips, be sure to check the packaging and get even more back to school recipe ideas!
What’s in your child’s favorite back to school lunch?