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It's almost back-to-school time, and this means it's time to get out of our lazy summer routine of eating way too late, or way too early, sleeping until midday, and picking our way through the day without worrying about the standard three meals a day we are used to when we are in a routine.
One of the easiest things that I find to do is to make a little extra when cooking at night and the kids can take leftovers to school the next day ... and we often do that with the help of Walmart.
My little ones do purchase lunch at school occasionally, but quite often my daughter doesn't like what is on the menu so will take lunch from home, and my oldest son often packs lunch to take to college with him.
And one of his favorite things to have in sandwiches is chicken salad. And apparently the only way he likes to make it is with Swanson® Premium Chicken. Which, I didn't even know until one day when I was making it he walked into the kitchen and said "why don't you buy this more often? It's the one I use at my best friend's house to make sandwiches all the time". So it's now a regular on the grocery list because it's already cooked and ready to use for quick and everyday meals, which is perfect for him, especially when I'm traveling.
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So here are 4 really simple ways to use chicken salad for school lunches, which is even better if you have a little leftover from the weekend or a weeknight dinner, but first here is my really simple recipe for chicken salad, that is nut free to comply with most school's nut-free policy.
- 2 12.5oz Swanson® Premium Chicken
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp ranch dressing
- 1/2 cup red grapes (sliced in half)
- 1 green onion (green and white parts thinly sliced)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp fresh dill
- pinch of salt & pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
Note: Chicken salad will save in the refrigerator for 3-5 days and can be frozen too if you substitute mayonnaise (because it separates when frozen), you just need to drain the excess water out of it after defrosting in the refrigerator and add a little mayonnaise to thicken it again.
Now here are 4 ways to use that chicken salad.
1. Pinwheels: Spread onto spinach wraps, roll them up, and slice to make pinwheels.
2. As a dip with crackers: Because we all love to snack ... actually this is my favorite way to have it, especially when I'm working at my desk.
3. Lettuce Wrap: For those who are gluten-free or looking for a lighter alternative, try a tuna salad lettuce wrap.
4. Croissant: And then there's my son's favorite, in a sandwich or croissant. So simple, you can add lettuce if you like, or just enjoy the chicken salad as is.
Looking for more ideas for using leftovers for school lunches? Here are a few of our favorites ... if served hot we heat and put in a small thermos:
- Pasta - I make a great semi-homemade sauce using ground beef and Prego® Italian Sauce
- Meat used in sandwiches, with rice, or turned into a quick and easy salad - we always put any dressing in a small separate container
- Soup (such as Campbell's® Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup), with fresh crunchy bread
You can find Swanson® Premium Chicken in Walmart where other canned meats and seafood are sold and more great ideas here.
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