Lunch Bunch 2: Popcorn Chicken & Turkey Rollups

by Aug 23rd, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Lunch, Recipes, School Lunch

Lunch Bunch 2: Popcorn Chicken & Turkey Rollups

I know this looks ridiculous, but hear me out: it’s tasty fun and healthy!  My friend, Chris, gave me the idea of using popcorn as a part of the meal. I thought it was a pretty good suggestion since popcorn is a great, kid friendly snack. The secret to this lunch recipe is using the mac and cheese packet to make the popcorn super flavorful. Look how nicely it all fits into my new favorite lunch box container!

Popcorn Chicken Lunch Recipe
1 bag microwave popcorn (not buttered)
1 packet powdered cheese from a Mac & Cheese box (we use Annie’s Organic)
4 or 5 chicken nuggets (cooked, cooled and halved)

Pop the popcorn and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with powdered cheese and toss while still hot. Scoop out 1 1/2 to 2 cups popcorn and toss with chicken nugget halves. Transfer to a lunch container. Save the rest of the popcorn in an airtight container for a snack! We packed our Popcorn Chicken with apple slices and grape tomatoes. (A girl can dream that her son will eat tomatoes, can’t she?) Check out our Turkey Rollups

Um, I ate all three of these after my kid finished rolling them up. We had to make three more for him. Maybe it’s nostalgia (my mom used to roll up turkey for me), or maybe it’s the cheese and cucumber hiding inside, or maybe it’s just good? I really dig this simple lunch and so does my kid. Here’s what you need…

Turkey Rollups
3 slices deli turkey (we use hormone free, organic)
cucumber (cut into 3 spears)
cheese stick (cut into 3 pieces lengthwise)

Lay a piece of turkey flat. Place one cucumber spear and one piece of cheese at the end of the turkey.

Roll the turkey up with the cheese and cucumber in the center. Place in a container and add some sides. We used avocado slices and pretzel fish.

Cover your container and go. (Thought you’d want to see what these containers look like covered!)

popcorn chicken

14 Comments on “Lunch Bunch 2: Popcorn Chicken & Turkey Rollups”

  1. 1.) Cinella
    August 24th, 2010

    Thanks for the wonderful tips and ideas! I've been running out (and school just started!). My daughter loves turkey!

  2. 2.) Petra
    August 23rd, 2010

    The turkey rollups look very yummy.Ill try this for my sons lunch but ill wrap a flour t. round it with a little extra salad maybe…. thanks for those great ideas.
    Oh,and the popcorn meal…haha..really looks funny… but i guess sometimes you have to try it out to be able to judge it 🙂

  3. 3.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 23rd, 2010

    i know, i know. it looks crazy. tastes good, though!

  4. 4.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 23rd, 2010

    what does he like?

  5. 5.) Jen Harrell
    August 24th, 2010

    The turkey roll ups look great, I never thought to add cucumber. Have you tried the avocado in there instead?

  6. 6.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 24th, 2010

    Thanks! We've tried avocado in there but it gets to soft and mushy by lunch so we stick to having it as a side. We put a bit of lemon on it so it doesn't brown.

  7. 7.) LauraB
    August 24th, 2010

    King Arthur Flour sells cheddar cheese powder on their website – this is darn good on popcorn! And it looks like right now it is on sale… guess it's time to stock up… http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/vermont

  8. 8.) Sarah
    August 24th, 2010

    Both look delish!! I'm adding the popcorn to my list!!

  9. 9.) Andi
    August 24th, 2010

    The popcorn chicken looks great. Thanks LauraB for the tip about the Cheddar cheese powder. I can really see us getting a lot out of that.

  10. 10.) Sherrye
    August 25th, 2010

    I am going to my grandson today . Can't wait to try these lunches on Charlie. The popcorn chicken look like so much fun. I just can't wait to try these fun and nourishing ideas.

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