Lately, I’m a big fan of Van’s frozen food. This is partly because they offer some egg-free breakfast products (waffles, french toast sticks, etc.) which are great for my egg-allergic son, but also because they use many types of whole grains. I feel like I score double bonus points when I find something with whole grains and multiple grains other than wheat. I have nothing against wheat, but find that I get in a rut with eating wheat all the time. (FYI, Van’s does offer some gluten-free items if you are looking.) The ingredient list (boldly displayed on the back of the box) for these English Muffins make me feel like I am giving my kids something good…and yummy.
Chicken Muffin Melts
May 17, 2012 by Leave a Comment
For this quick toddler lunch, I make use of pre-cooked chicken. You can find canned chicken at most grocery stores, just watch the sodium content. You can also just throw a few chicken breasts or thighs in the crock pot overnight with some water and a bit of seasoning, and when you wake up, you have flavorful and shred-able chicken for the week. (Warning, the smell emanating throughout the house at night may cause strange dreams where you find yourself randomly and inexplicably eating chicken dishes.)
I like to serve this with grapes – sort of a deconstructed chicken salad. You can also spiff up the chicken by dressing it with a bit of mayo, sour cream, or even plain Greek yogurt (which works with my kiddos).
Chicken Muffin Melts
1 Whole Wheat English Muffin
1/2 c Shredded and Fully Cooked Chicken
2 slices Cheddar (or your favorite) Cheese
1 TBS Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt (Optional)
Toast English Muffin using toaster oven. In a small dish, coat chicken in dressing if desired. Add to open-faced muffins and top each with a slice of cheese. Warm in oven or microwave until cheese is melted. Let cool and cut into slices or squares, or whatever shape your toddler prefers that day. Makes two melts.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Toddler Rating: Two 1/2 Empty Plates*
Mess Factor: Low
Serving Suggestion: Serve with sliced grapes, apples, dried cranberries, or any other fruit that would be yummy in chicken salad.
*I have found that my boys will sometimes eat a given meal only after the second, third, or tenth offering. The first time I tried this, it was only a luke-warm reception. However, the second time, Little Brother ate it right up, and I’m determined that Big Brother will eventually follow suit. I try not to force any meals, but I think they need a few (or so) exposures before they truly decide if they like something.
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