Lunch Box: Chicken Salad Sandwich
Lunch boxes are popular and kids love personalized ones, meaning they love to be included in a process of making their school lunches. The Fun part is also to work together by for example making a weekly menu plan and go grocery shopping.
Ever since I started posting pictures of my kid's school lunch boxes I began receiving emails with questions and suggestions with tremendous amount of support about it- which of course made me extremely happy.
One of the suggestion was to start publishing a real post how certain lunch box meal ideas are made such as just to name a few "Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Cheese Tortellini(w/Steamed Broccoli Florets in Alfredo Sauce) or Thai chicken with raw Peanuts".
One question that I was asked and I did answer it right away on the page School/Work Lunch Ideas was What Box is safe for me and my child?
My answer: Look for the boxes that have clear written label that they are BPA FREE just in case if they are plastic-BPA stands for bisphenol. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960's.
Seeking out BPA-free products may not always be easy to do. Some manufacturers do label their products as BPA-free, but some do not. If a product isn't labeled, keep in mind that most aluminum cans or bottles have linings that contain BPA, while steel bottles or cans do not. Polycarbonate plastic is generally hard, clear, lightweight plastic. It often has the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. (source Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.from Mayo-clinic)
My Bento Boxes are No. 5 PP/BMA FREE- but these cheaper ones that you can get in the grocery store are not safe to use in the microwave or to put hot meals in them, so you HAVE to let the food cool down BEFORE closing the LID. READ HERE about difference between recycling symbols on the bottom of your lunch boxes, bottles est.
Today I have for you simple Chicken Salad that I spread on the Whole Wheat Bread/Toast.
Used all natural Grape Tomatoes in combination with Cheddar Cheese Cubes.
For the sweets we have Mango, blueberries and Kiwi. Or you can serve it with any fruit on hand.
I think this is pretty balanced bento- savory, sweet and refreshing combination to satisfy both kids and adults. This is also fantastic lunch to pack for picnics.
Serves 5 | Total time: 15 minutes
- 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (or leftover that you baked/grilled), skin removed
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1/3 cup carrot. diced
- 1/3 cup red onion,chopped
- 3 baby Kosher Pickles, diced
- 1/3 cup Olive Oil Mayo, more if needed
- 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
- 1 garlic clove
- Pinch of Red Chili Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
- First boil the water and drop celery and carrots in to blanch them-it takes less than a minute. Veggies will be still raw. This will make them really clean, and perfect for the salad, but it is optional.
- Roughly slice chicken (chicken is cooked) into smaller pieces, dice celery, carrots, red onion, crush and mince garlic and mix all together.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, red hot chili flakes and ground black pepper in a bowl. Mix until combined; then combine it with the chicken mixture.
- At this point you can put it in food processor and then spread it on the bread, but you can just keep it crunchy.
- Place it in the container or a jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days(with lid air-tight).
- As a suggestion you can add walnuts or dry cranberries or use tuna or cooked turkey instead of the chicken. Options are endless.
- I know that most of the kids like it smooth rather then chunky salads, so I would suggest to use food processor.
Wishing you all great beginning of the Spring and wonderful week ahead!
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