Kid-Friendly Ham & Cheese Rolls

Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

I wouldn’t say my kids are picky, but they just aren’t the most well-rounded eaters.  They could eat fruit and most veggies all the time – but to get them to eat meat is another matter all together.  They eat breads and most pastas, and definitely baked goods, but anything outside of chicken nuggets (and those even occasionally) or maybe a cheeseburger (if they eat half of one) is harder to get them to eat.

What’s a Mom to do?

Look to other moms and try things that might or might not work, and hope they work.  My friend Jeni that I interviewed a few weeks ago has a great blog full of tasty and healthy recipes and she cooks for her 4 kids a lot.  So, this week when I have sworn off fast food I needed some quick go-to meals for them.

She recommended some crescent ham and cheese rolls that she makes for her daughter.  My kids will eat anything they can dip: broccoli in ranch dressing, fruit in just about anything including CFA sauce, and these they ate right up when I gave them some honey mustard to dip these rolls into.  Never underestimate the power of dipping sauce.

Kid-Friendly Ham & Cheese Rolls
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Kid Lunch
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Serves: 8
Easy quick ham and cheese roll ups
  • 1 roll refrigerated crescent rolls
  • about 4 slices honey ham
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven according to rolls pkg directions.
  2. Pull apart ham slices and put a little ham and cheese in each crescent roll.
  3. Roll up and place on ungreased baking pan.
  4. Top with a little salt and pepper for extra savory seasonings.
  5. Bake according to directions.
  6. Let cool. The inside filling will be too hot for most kids right out of the oven.
  7. Serve with their favorite fruits and vegetables and of course dipping sauce.

Easy Lunches: Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Wrap

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Wrap

When I was growing up, August and September meant two things: going back to school and scuppernong grapes.

My grandparents, Granny and Papa, who lived across the pasture from us, had grape vines.  I loved going over there and picking the grapes once Papa told us they were in.  When I was smaller, he would climb the ladder and I would hold the bowl or brown paper sack to put them in.  But, as I got older and taller, I would take the sack up the ladder with me and drop them in.  I loved them so much I would break out around my mouth – somehow allergic to them, but only in large doses.

Those days are long gone, but I still love scuppernongs.  I remember buying them in the store for the first time.  I couldn’t imagine paying 5$ for grapes that I used to get for free.  But, the smell brought back so many memories, that the 5$ didn’t matter anymore.

I just got some at the Dekalb Farmers Market (along with the greens used on this wrap) and these grapes still make me break out if I have too many, and my older son doesn’t care much for them – but I still love them, and fondly remember my Papa.

To begin a new series here on the blog: I want to create some easy lunches that you can have too.  Currently in our home, my lunch is usually leftovers of what my boys don’t eat, or a taco from Taco Bell, or CFA salad with nuggets.  Sometimes it may be leftovers.  I don’t usually prepare gourmet foods just for myself.  I’d rather go out all the time – but the budget doesn’t allow for that.

This wrap was healthy, under 3 minutes to put together, and delicious.

Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Wrap
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Lunch
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Serves: 1
Bacon Chicken and Avocado for an easy lunch win
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • ½ cup shredded chicken
  • 2 T shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 strip cooked bacon
  • mayonnaise and honey mustard
  • greens
  • avocado
  1. Put tortilla down on microwave safe plate
  2. Fill with chicken, cheese, bacon - heat for 45 seconds
  3. Then top with greens, avocado, and condiments.
  4. Wrap and eat!

Italian Bean Saute with a Fried Egg

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Italian Bean Saute with a Fried Egg
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 1
Easy lunch salad that is fresh and healthy
  • evoo
  • ½ red pepper
  • ½ green pepper
  • 1 green onion
  • ½ cup drained cannellini beans
  • ¼ cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T grated parmesan cheese
  • Dressing:
  1. Saute veggies in evoo - add garlic if you would like
  2. Set aside
  3. Fry egg with salt and pepper
  4. Mix dressing according to Shutterbean directions
  5. Plate it up: saute, egg, dressing, cheese
  6. Enjoy!
I really think I may have created the perfect little salad for lunch. Fresh veggies, protein, wonderful vinaigrette. Perfectly filling and deliciously light.
Serves one

Italian Saute w Fried Egg