My youngest daughter is a picky eater, but she is getting better. There used to be only 1 or 2 things that she’d eat for lunch at school. Now there are several tasty lunches in the rotation.
The chicken Caesar wrap is one of her absolute favorites. It’s also quick and easy which makes it one of my favorites too. A wrap sandwich and a piece of fruit and she’s out the door.
Before you ask, yes, I’m still fixing lunch for my 17-year-old senior in high school. There are reasons for this though. Firstly, she’s my baby. Your baby is your baby…the last one at home….the last one that you get to nurture and care for until she goes off into the world. There was a brief time when I’d stopped though. My girls are one grade apart in school and one day I decided that they should manage their time and make their own lunches. Afterall, I was also rushed in the mornings and I think I was also feeling a little underappreciated that day. It happens….I’m a mom. Well, it didn’t really work and they started buying the lunches at school, which they complained about because they’re picky and also because the long lines left them little time to eat. I certainly didn’t want them wolfing down their lunches, but that wasn’t the reason for change.
About 3 years ago I went to a party at a friend’s house. There I met a young woman whom I had a conversation with. She was very sweet and pretty and enjoyable to spend time with. She was also an open book. During our conversation she told me about growing up with a mom with substance abuse issues. While she loved her mom dearly, the main complaint was her mom’s excessive sleeping and just lack of any kind of motivation. For some reason, one of her most painful memories was that during lunch at school, the other kids seemed to have tidy homemade lunches from their moms, often times with little notes of encouragement to get them through the day. My heart sank. Not only did I want to wrap my arms around this woman who was now in her early 20’s, but I also had a thought of my girls feeling this way during lunchtime at school. Of course I was still a very responsible mother, but this lunch thing was one area where I’d decided to put my foot down. Well, I picked that foot right back up. I know this may sound silly, but I’m sure my divorce guilt also kicked in during the conversation. Needless to say, I’ve been back to making their lunches and often times inserting the notes of encouragement too. Sometimes I even draw stick figure me blowing kisses or asking for hugs in the notes. I know…I’m a dork.
My oldest is in college now and my baby is a senior in high school. I’m happy to make her lunches and write her cutesy little notes for one more year.
Here we go….
I buy cooked chicken strips at the store unless I have leftover chicken at home. I then cut up the strips into smaller strips.
I also buy the bags of salad ready romaine and cut that up smaller too.
Put the chicken and lettuce into a bowl.
Sprinkle in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and croutons, if using.
Use your favorite store bought Caesar dressing or your own homemade if you’ve got that already made, but not too much or the wrap will be soggy by lunchtime.
I like to use sticky plastic wrap like Press n Seal for these wraps. Just put your wrap onto the plastic and pile on the salad mixture….
Now wrap it up. My mixture isn’t very wet so I don’t fold in the edges of the wrap. The plastic wrap will also hold everything in if you wrap it snugly. If you prefer, fold in the sides of the wrap when rolling it up. When time to eat, my daughter folds down the plastic on one end so the sandwich stays in tact.
Add in a piece of fruit and lunch is ready!
Here’s the printable. Enjoy!
- 1 large wrap
- 1 cup of chopped or shredded chicken
- 1 to 1½ cups of chopped lettuce. I use romaine but use what you like.
- Sprinkled parmesan cheese to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Just a few croutons for crunch....maybe 6 large ones
- 1 to 2 Tsps of dressing. Just enough to moisten the mixture
- Place the wrap on top of some plastic wrap.
- Mix together all of the ingredients and pile onto the wrap.
- Roll up the wrap.
- Wrap it up in the plastic wrap so that it is snugly wrapped and so that no dressing can escape. Self sticking plastic wrap is the best for this.