Tortilla Sushi Recipe!
We are into the 3rd week of back to school and getting back into routines with the kids, our schedules and making it work. It’s still a busy time of the year for moms and dads and transitioning can be a feat, no matter how prepared you may be! I think one of my biggest challenges (besides the early mornings) is finding exciting and delicious recipes to offer my little gastronome.
Metro grocery had teamed up with Donna Dooher Food Network chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and mom to offer a list of tips and recipes to help make the transition from summer to back to school routines seamlessly.
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Mind Those Portions!
Think about how much your child usually eats and keep that in mind when making their lunches. This will help them to avoid wasting or overeating. When making your kids’ lunch, try the Irresistibles Life Smart loaves or bagels. Not only do they help with portion control, they are packed with beta-glucan, which is proven to reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system!
Get Those Fruit and Veggies In
If your kids are picky and don’t take to fresh produce, have them help you pick out their favorites at the grocery store. Eating an apple is much more fun when you’ve picked it out! Aside from having the nutritious fruits and veggies, throw in a small treat. Even if they eat it first, it’ll be incentive to finish the rest!
Having something to dip fruit and veggies in always makes it more fun and delicious to eat! Hummus, spinach and roasted red pepper dips are delicious options. You can even dip whole wheat bread and crackers!
Try to implement protein like chickpeas and lentils as a compliment to the dish instead of the main ingredient to ensure a balanced diet that young taste buds will love!
Tips for Preparing Affordable Lunches!
Buy in Bulk
When shopping for lunch snacks like yogurt or cottage cheese, buying the large container and dividing it into reusable containers each day will be friendly to your wallet and our environment.
Choose Private Name Brands
An easy way to cut down the grocery bill is to opt for private label brands carried at your grocer. For Metro consider Irresistibles or Selection. You won’t have to sacrifice taste or quality but you’ll notice the difference at the cash register and your wallet!
Keep it Simple
To save money and make lunches while on a time crunch focus on nutrient dense foods high in fiber. Simple fresh ingredients always taste the best and are the healthiest!
Tips for When You’re Tight on Time!
Do a Weekly Meal Prep
If you’ve got a busy week ahead, take some time on Sunday evening to chop veggies and fruits so they are ready to divvy up into reusable containers in the mornings when the family is in a rush.
Be a Team
Organize a group of parents together once a month or even start a group email newsletter to swap ideas and tips. Your kids are more likely to eat their lunch and not swap it when all their friends are also eating something similar.
Let the Kids Help
When they help make their own lunches not only provides them with an understanding of what goes into a well-balanced meal, it provides you with an extra set of hands in the kitchen to help speed up the process!
Tips for Non-Boring Lunches Filled with Variety!
Mix it Up
If your kiddos are tired of traditional sandwiches, try swapping out sliced bread for Irresistibles Life Smart bagels, tortillas, raisin bread or pita pockets for a new and fresh tantalizing way to change it up.
Make it Fun
Play with flavours and experiment. Expert Chef Donna Dooher suggests making fruit kabobs, or adding honey to cream cheese and topping with raisins for a tasty cracker spread. Cream cheese or cheese spread on celery is an easy solution to the no peanut butter rule in schools.Give your signature dishes a fun name; when food comes with a story, kids get excited about eating. Think along the lines of toast soldiers or ants on a log.
Spice up Leftovers
Metro knows how hard it can be to come up with dinner options for your picky eaters. By mixing up dinner leftovers into creative lunch options you can save on waste and provide a different lunch every day of the week. Donna Dooher suggests transforming chicken breast and boiled potatoes into a chicken Caesar wrap with tasty hash browns for a lunch your kids will crave.
- 4 - 8 inch Irresistibles Life Smart tortilla wraps
- 1 cup Life Smart hummus
- 2 carrots shredded
- ½ red bell pepper thinly sliced
- ½ English cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves chopped
- Lay tortillas flat and spread evenly with hummus.
- Place the vegetables down half the tortilla.
- Sprinkle chopped spinach over the vegetables.
- Roll up tortilla snugly.
- Cut into 1 ½ inch slices and serve.
Do you like easy recipes?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.