In the rush to get everyone off to school, it’s easy to fall into a food rut, serving the same things for breakfast, lunch and snacks. But with some inspiration and a little planning, going back to school can taste a whole lot better than it used to.
To make things even more fun, have the kids help with these recipes and ideas. When they get the hang of it, they can experiment with new ingredients and do it themselves, taking one more thing off your to-do list.
Breakfast. Start the day off with pizza – Breakfast Pizza, that is. This recipe layers eggs, cheese, turkey bacon, hash browns, sour cream and guacamole on your favorite pita or flatbread. Kids can make it as hot or as mild as they like. It’s a great way to sneak in avocados’ 20 vitamins and minerals, and it will give them energy to get going on their busy day.
Lunch. Skip the same old sandwiches and liven up the lunchbox with these tasty creations. Try a Tortilla Wrap made with chicken, Wholly Salsa, Wholly Guacamole and a hint of lime juice. Experiment with different kinds of tortillas, such as whole wheat, sun-dried tomato, spinach or jalapeño. For a full-of-flavor favorite, make a Mexican Turkey Torta. Thin turkey slices get topped with a zesty black bean and corn relish, crisp lettuce and your favorite guacamole. To help keep all the delicious flavors inside the roll, hollow it out a bit so the other ingredients don’t fall out.
After-school snack. Whether they need something to hold them over until dinner or a quick bite on the way to practice, these Wrap It Ups will do the trick. Turkey, garlic and herb spread, Havarti cheese, guac, lettuce and tomato get wrapped up in a tortilla or flatbread, then sliced into bite-sized swirls of deliciousness. Make them ahead of time, then just slice when it’s time to enjoy.
Mexican Turkey Torta
Black Bean and Corn Relish
1/2 cup cooked black beans, no salt added
1/4 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
4 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup reduced-fat Mexican-style shredded cheese
4 (2.6-ounce) bolillo rolls or baguettes
4 tablespoons guacamole, such as Wholly Guacamole brand
12 (1-ounce) slices ultra-thin, lower sodium, oven roasted turkey slices
1 cup lettuce, shredded
In medium bowl, combine beans, corn, cilantro, onion, vinegar, honey, hot pepper sauce, and cumin; mix to combine. Gently mix in cheese. Set aside.
Cut rolls in half horizontally, remove soft center, leaving a 1/4 -inch thick shell.
Spread 1 tablespoon guacamole inside each hollowed roll. Top each with 3 slices turkey, 1/4 cup black bean mixture, and 1/4 cup shredded lettuce; top with remaining roll tops.
2 pita wraps or flatbreads
1/2 cup salsa, divided
2 scrambled eggs
1/2 cup Mexican 3 cheese blend
4 strips turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup hash browns, thawed
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons guacamole, such as Wholly Guacamole brand
1 teaspoon cilantro, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread 1/4 cup salsa on each flatbread. Spread scrambled egg over each flatbread. Evenly divide cheese, crumbled turkey bacon and hash browns, then spread over pizzas. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. While baking, mix sour cream, guacamole, minced cilantro and hot sauce. Remove pizzas from oven and top with sauce.
1 cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
1 medium-sized tortilla, corn or flour
Guacamole, such as Wholly Guacamole brand, to taste
Natural salsa, to taste
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Hot sauce, to taste
Spread guacamole on a tortilla. Add salsa. Squeeze lime juice over salsa. Add chicken on top and add the hot sauce to your liking. Roll the tortilla up and enjoy.
Note: You can add low fat mozzarella cheese or Greek yogurt if you like.
Wrap It Ups
1 flatbread (tortilla, wrap, lavash)
1 tablespoon garlic and herb-flavored spreadable cheese
2 tablespoons guacamole, such as Wholly Guacamole classic
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1 small tomato, diced
2 to 3 slices Havarti cheese
2 to 3 slices turkey (optional)
Spread the garlic and herb spreadable cheese on flatbread. Spread guacamole on top. On one end of the flatbread, sprinkle a line of lettuce and diced tomatoes. Layer cheese and sliced turkey beside lettuce and tomatoes, leaving at least two inches of untopped bread at the other end. Starting from the lettuce/tomato end, roll up bread/tortilla, tucking in the vegetables with the first roll and proceeding to the cheese/meat. Stick in toothpicks to keep the roll rolled, and slice in two-inch-thick spirals.