Last year, I put up a post of school supplies that you would need to set up your child with healthy school lunches.
As a follow up, I would like to start a series on healthy school lunch ideas where I share with you what typically goes into my daughter’s school lunch bag. Hopefully this will help those that need ideas. I know it will help me step up my game as well.
Let us start the series with a simple wrap that I make for my daughter. It is simply a flour tortilla wrap, a salad, some home made dressing and some grilled chicken. It is that simple.
Making the salad is the most labor intensive thing in this recipe. To make things easy, make the salad the night before so that assembling the wrap is easier the following morning. Make sure to pop that salad in the fridge as it should never be left on the counter.
If you can’t grill your own chicken, you can cheat by picking up a bag of grilled chicken at ShopRite. It costs about N1899 per kg so you can get 1kg or under that if you do not need that much.
My salad was an mix of cabbage, green pepper, cucumber and carrot. I cut this all by hand. All except the carrot which I grated. You can of course make any salad that you like.
I do not always put a dressing in my daughter’s salad but on this day, I had a home made dressing on hand (I will share a recipe later) so I drizzled just a bit on it.
You can purchase flour tortilla wraps in most supermarkets, including Ebeano and Deli Mart on Ajose Adeogun. I only mention these two stores but I am pretty certain that you can get it in more supermarkets.
I prepared my wrap by heating them up in a frying pan (no oil) for about 30 – 45seconds. As you can see I burned two of them, lol! I had the heat too high.
I took some pictures. Let’s use that to get into step by step tutorials!
Lay your ingredients out. Here, I have the flour tortillas in a plate along with the grilled chicken which I have shredded. Next to it, there is a bowl of salad.
Place some chicken and vegetables in the center of the flour tortilla.
Drizzle some dressing on this. I used just a little, don’t know why it looks like so much in the picture.
Roll the wrap.
Place in bowl.
Of course this was not the only thing I sent her off to school with. On this day, she had a boiled egg which she loves and cleaned, unboiled carrots (she does not like boiled carrots)
Last thing to say is that you must consider the time your child will eat this meal while packing it up. The meal is prepared by 0530hrs and my daughter has a break at 0900hrs, when she will typically eat about 60 -70% of her food. By 11a.m, the food is totally gone.
That is a long time to keep her lunch fresh, I place ice packs around the bowl and of course these are put in an insulated bag to help them stay fresher for longer. This is important as anyone will fall ill if they eat food that has gone off.
Let me know how you get on!