I believe in supporting wellness in early childhood education so I am back with More Healthy & Colorful Meals for Child Care. To learn more about how I serve Homemade & Healthy Child Care Meals, read this post. I include lots of tips for making child care lunches.
Chicken Noodle Soup, cinnamon apples, saltines, milk.
Homemade chicken noodle soup is super easy to make. In the morning I start some chicken breasts. I like to buy the frozen tenderloins in a bag. They are small servings that are perfect for children so I can estimate how many for each meal. Sometimes I cook them in the Crockpot for nice tender meat. Other times I just use a pan on top of the stove with a little olive oil, salt and pepper or poultry seasoning. I keep seasonings light for kids. Too much pepper=”spicy” comments. After after the chicken is cooked, I use my Pampered Chef Mix & Chop to cut it up. Add broth- either packaged or make my own with Penzey’s Chicken Soup base. Closer to lunch time I add some frozen mixed vegetables and egg noodles.
Baked apples: Wash & peel apples. Remove core. Cut in chunks. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Microwave until softened. Yum! I like that this is a different way to serve a basic fruit. A little cinnamon sugar goes a long ways.
Breakfast for lunch: scrambled eggs, mini bagel, applesauce, peaches/mandarin oranges, milk
Soft taco (chicken & cheese, ground turkey/beef & cheese or beef and black beans), lettuce salad with Ranch, mixed fruit, milk
Spaghetti with meat sauce, peas & carrots, mandarin oranges, milk
Baked chicken leg, whole wheat bread, mixed vegetables, applesauce
Tomato soup, grilled cheese, watermelon, cottage cheese, milk
Chicken breast, flavored rice (Knorrs Creamy Chicken), grapes and corn on the cob, milk
Quesadilla (cheese & ham or turkey), applesauce, green beans, milk
My new solid-color divided plates are by Re Play. They can be found at Walmart or on Amazon (more selection). They are a perfect size for children and have nice deep edges for scooping out food. They hold up well to daily use and dishwasher cleaning. I highly recommend them!