Today I had to make a fast lunch between classes and what I made was so simple, quick, and kid-friendly that I just had to share.
I ate a chicken salad sandwich which was just a poached chicken breast, fork shredded and mixed with a heaping spoonful of mayonnaise, and a couple pieces of lettuce on toasted bread with a slice of jack cheese on it. Normally I would make my chicken salad with a combo of sour cream and yogurt because it’s healthier and just as tasty, but I didn’t have any on hand. I would also add something crunchy and interesting like celery or almonds, but I didn’t have any of those either. However, in the interest of picky kids, I think it worked out just fine.
Add a side of sliced fruit or veggie sticks and a handful of snack crackers (I chose Cheez-Its) and voila! Lunch!
After my class I was feeling a little tired. I think smoothies are a great boost to get me through an afternoon slump because they satisfy my sweet tooth and they are loaded with the natural sugars in fruit, so I whipped up this concoction. (Oh, who am I kidding? I never need an excuse to drink a smoothie!)
I didn’t have any yogurt or ice cream so I knew I couldn’t use a dairy base, but I did have two Strawberry “All Fruit” popsicles in the freezer and a big jug of orange mango juice. “A popsicle smoothie?” I thought. “Why not?” Just make sure that whatever popsicles you use are a good brand with real fruit in them or your smoothie will have an ingredient you didn’t anticipate- corn!
I cut the popsicles off of their sticks and eyeballed the amount of orange mango juice, though any juice will do. I then squeezed a lemon over the top (because it was the only fruit I had in the house besides apples which are NOT smoothie friendly) and blended it up while licking the rest of the popsicle off of it’s sticks. (You know you want to do it!)
That was it. It was sweet, tangy, and delicious. Couldn’t be easier, right? Except it was.
I didn’t even bother with a blender- way too much to clean up! Instead I used my handy Cuisinart SmartStick hand blender which I absolutely swear by. I have used that bad boy on everything from pie dough to pesto. Clean up was a cinch.
The moral of this blog post? I really need to go to the grocery store so I can start making things that don’t involve a million substitutions!