You may have noticed that I had a few "leftover" dishes on my list. I'm a fan of leftovers; in fact, I eat leftovers almost every day at work. The beauty of some leftovers is they don't have to be served warm; and sometimes, the meal is even better the next day. Quite often, I take my leftovers and turn them into a dish of their own -- cook once, enjoy twice. It's like double duty dinners. And that saves me time, which makes me very, very happy.
My favourite hummus on the market comes from Summer Fresh. Summer Fresh is a Canadian owned and operated company (actually, Vaughan based!) that specializes in hummus, dips and salads. The company is celebrating 25 years of creating recipes using simple ingredients. They are the masters of hummus, in my opinion.
They make everything from a classic hummus, spicy hummus, roasted eggplant hummus, avocado hummus, lemon dill hummus (HAVE to try this one!), topped hummus, spinach and artichoke, sundried tomato and so much more. They actually do make a Snack'n Go size and a mini size, but I want to show you just a couple of the ways you can buy one container and use it in various forms in your lunches.
As a dip, duh. It goes without saying that you can use hummus as a dip. I prepare a platter of fresh veggies for my kids and let them pick what they want to dip. No chips here. If you're a meal planner, you can do this in advance. Scoop out your desired hummus flavour into a little container or bento-style box and add your veggies. So long as you refrigerate, you can prepare this days in advance.
OK -- so that's pretty obvious. But how do you take a spread, like hummus, and have it jazz up a leftover that both you and your kids will enjoy? Turn it into a quesadilla.
Start with a soft taco and smother it with your favourite hummus. I opted for Avocado Hummus -- it's creamy and has a bit of a Mexican flavour to it. Take a leftover chicken breast and slice it up and lay it on top. You can choose to stop there, or perhaps, add some cheese. Top it with a second tortilla. To heat, either put it in the oven on low for 5 minutes or so, or pop it into the microwave so the cheese glues to the tortilla. Cut into wedges and add to your child's lunch!
Add a few more veggies for good measure and you can feel relieved and proud that your kids are getting all four food groups in a lunch that took minutes to make. Not even kidding.
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