Monday, July 8, 2013

Simple Summer: 1 Meal 3 Ways, Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad, Wraps, and Finger Food!

Mango Strawberry bento lunch in yubo
Simple Summer: 1 Meal 3 Ways.  Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad, Wraps, and Finger Food! There are those moments when you only have a certain amount of time, energy, and ingredients.  The problem is you have multiple mouths to feed with various taste buds. Sometimes I also forget exactly which of my kids like one type of food and which likes the other. Does my daughter like raisins or my son?!

Maybe you want a salad, but your younger kids want something simple.  Plus, your ten year old will only eat lettuce if its hidden in a tortilla.  This is where this meal comes in.  It gives you lots of options which require almost all the same ingredients.  Not only that but, if one of the ingredients don't work for your family, it is easily substituted out for something else.  That's what's great about this meal.  I was skeptical so it went through the gauntlet with my family, and we loved it!  It is healthy, tasty, and very time efficient.  What more could you want?  I also made all the meals in my new Yubo lunch box, which couldn't have worked out better for the three different meal options.


Meal 1: Finger Food (to the right and above)
Ingredients:
--Grilled chicken strips
--Sliced mango and strawberries
--1 serving fat-free Greek yogurt
--1 handful of almonds

Directions:
--Put yogurt in one side dish.  Stir in a little honey if yogurt is too plain tasting.  If you want to go strictly with finger food, substitute cut up pieces of cheese for the yogurt.  Drop in a handful of almonds in the other side dish.
--Arrange mango, strawberry, and chicken slices in main dish.  Remember to make it look fun and organized.  If it looks fun, there's a better chance your child will eat it!


Meal 2: Salad (to the left)
Ingredients:
--Grilled chicken strips
--Sliced mango and strawberries
--1 serving fat-free Greek yogurt
--1 handful of blue cheese crumbles
--1 handful of sliced almonds
--1 serving mixed greens
--1 granola bar or some whole wheat crackers

Directions:
--Put yogurt in one side dish.  Stir in a little honey if yogurt is too plain tasting.  Use the other side dish for one granola bar or some whole wheat crackers.  
--Place mixed greens, mango, strawberries, chicken, almonds, and blue cheese together in the main dish.  If desired, put a little fat-free balsamic vinaigrette dressing on (not too much!)


Meal 3: Wraps (to the right)
Ingredients:
--Grilled chicken strips
--Sliced mango and strawberries
--1 serving fat-free Greek yogurt
--1 handful of blue cheese crumbles
--1 handful of almonds (whole and sliced)
--1 serving mixed greens
--1 whole wheat tortilla

Directions:
--Put yogurt in one side dish.  Stir in a little honey if yogurt is too plain tasting.  Use the other side dish for whole almonds.
--Lay out one tortilla.  Arrange mixed greens, chicken, mango, strawberries and a few sliced almonds on top (as shown to the right).  Finish with blue cheese.  If your family doesn't like blue cheese, you could substitue another low-fat shredded cheese instead.
--Roll up and slice the wrap in half using a sharp knife.  Place in main dish container.

I have been addicted to mangos and strawberries this summer and this tasted so good!  I hope you enjoy  this fast, easy, and tasty meal as much as my family did.  Remember to check out Yubo lunch boxes (my review of them will be coming this week).  Also please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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6 comments:

  1. Delicious lunches! They look great in the blue Yubo too!

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    1. The yubo worked great for these lunches!

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  2. Love the variations here. I've been obsessed with wraps lately, myself.

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    1. Aren't wraps great Sarah? You can do so much with them!

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  3. These all look wonderful. I think I would go with the wrap and my son would love the finger food version.

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    1. I think my family leaned the same way with this one. I had to taste all of them though!

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