It is practically a requirement to eat egg salad sandwiches the day after Easter. Or for an entire week after Easter if you have lots of kids who collected gads of eggs. Funny story actually, at my parents yesterday there were LOADS of kids scurrying about collecting eggs (we have a big family). Candy filled, some with money in them, bubble eggs, confetti eggs – we had the whole spectrum of oval-shaped delights. As I was watching kids eagerly scooping them up and into their baskets, I saw one little girl pick up a “real” egg. When she realized it wasn’t chocolate coated, sugary or filled with a treat/toy – she turned up her nose in disgust and put it right back where she found it. It was cause for great amusement among the adults who witnessed it, but made me a little sad that our kids don’t realize the simple joy of an egg anymore. Eggs are like the perfect food. In addition to being a great source of protein, the hard-boiled ones are easily transportable and delicious. I’m glad my munchkins brought home a bunch of them for me yesterday so I could make this salad for our sandwiches today. Continue reading
My kids love “Old MacDonalds” chicken nuggets. Truth be told, so do I. It was generally cheeseburger Happy Meals for me as a kid because 5 kids times the extra money to splurge for the nugget meal for each of us made McDonald’s not such a great deal for my parents. I never lost that childhood desire for the nuggets. Somehow they just seemed so much more grown up. So much cooler. Guess that marketing money McDonald’s forks out really pays off huh? For many reasons, a trip to the golden arches is not in the family plans right now – but I hate to deprive my sweet children their most favorite lunch. These nuggets totally made me a superstar to my kids for the day…or at least for a few minutes. They were practically dancing at the table in their excitement as I took the tray of lightly browned nuggets out of the oven. Served up with some apple slices and a few of the last homemade Cheese Its, we had a perfectly wonderful departure from our typical peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. No begging or pleading to finish lunch required! Continue reading
Normally, I’m a meat, meat and more meat kind of gal. I have zero interest in becoming a vegetarian. However, in an effort not to become completely bored to death with turkey sandwiches (my standard lunch fare when trying to drop a few pounds) – I went searching for something new. I stumbled upon this recipe and thought to myself “Why not?”. I like garbanzo beans (chickpeas), but have never thought of them as a main ingredient for lunch. Hummus? Yes please! But a sandwich of garbanzos? I had to check it out.