I don’t know about you, but as the end of the school year draws near, healthy lunch ideas seem to be a little more difficult to come by. We’re in a rut and just ready for a break! So when Jennifer of Crunch A Color asked me to participate in another round of the Healthy Lunch Challenge, I happily obliged. I know I can use all the help I can get coming up with lunch ideas for the kids these last few weeks until school is out.
Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas
A couple of months ago, I shared some simple ideas for delicious lunches with my secret tip to use some fresh-made foods from your grocery store deli. You can check out the first round of the Healthy Lunch Challenge where some of my fellow bloggers share their ideas too! This month features another round just in time for Food Revolution Day on Friday (check the Crunch A Color blog on Friday for a roundup of all the ideas this time!)
A Classic Sandwich Combination: BLT and Chicken Salad
A couple of weeks ago I stopped at Starbucks for a splurge to use a gift card I had received. I noticed one of their new menu items for a BLT Chicken Salad Sandwich. That sounded good but I wanted to try and make it at home with my own ingredients. I did a quick search online for a recipe and could not find just what I was looking for, so I created my own. It was really quite simple to prepare and it was a HUGE hit with my family. This recipe is definitely a keeper! I love that it also has a variety of healthy ingredients and scores 55 points in the Crunch A Color game in just one meal. On it’s own, my sandwich and a glass of milk is 45 points. Add a fruit for a side or dessert and I can add an extra five points to my lunch. Easy and nutritious–a great combo!
Here’s the recipe!
- 2 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken (I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
- 6-8 strips of cooked bacon, diced
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 8 Romaine lettuce leaves
- 8 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
- Combine chicken, bacon, tomato, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or longer to let flavors blend.
- Toast bread if desired.
- For each sandwich, layer lettuce and about 1/2 cup of chicken salad mixture. Top with another lettuce leaf and slice of bread.
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