11 Sept 2012: Grilled Chicken Quesadilla

lunch on 11 Sept 2012
lunch on 11 Sept 2012

Last night was Make Your Own Taco night in our house. The kids love Make Your Own Taco night, because they get ultimate control over their meals. I love Make Your Own Taco night, because it either uses leftovers or creates leftovers. And, I don’t mean to brag, but I’m kind of the Queen of Leftovers. Today’s lunch uses leftover grilled chicken (from Sunday’s bbq and Monday’s taco night) and leftover pinto beans (cooked from scratch, frozen and saved from a previous taco night) in a whole grain quesadilla. Fruits and veggies are all from this week’s trip to the farmers market: carrots, English cucumbers, and grapes. There’s a date in the treat tray. That blur at the top is Iain stealing a grape. I usually pack lunches after the kids go to bed, but last night I made the quesadillas right after dinner. Iain and Lily ate so many grapes that I had to refill both of their fruit compartments

Cooking Tip: Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade

  • a cup or so of buttermilk (Who am I kidding. You don’t have buttermilk in your fridge; neither do I. Just add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of regular—soy, almond, dairy—milk. You could also use yogurt.)
  • the juice of a lemon
  • a couple of cloves of garlic, pressed
  • a nice squirt of honey
  • a tablespoon of olive oil
  • a teaspoon of salt
  • a hearty grind of pepper

Pour all ingredients into a ziploc bag with your chicken pieces. Exact measurements are unimportant; I just eyeball everything. Marinate for at least 4 hours. Grill your chicken—thigh meat is more forgiving than breast meat and tastes way better (in my opinion, at least). It will be gorgeous and delicious.

3 Replies to “11 Sept 2012: Grilled Chicken Quesadilla”

  1. Okay …so you are simply amazing. These lunches not only look great, but they rock with nutrition and certainly are geared to appeal to children with all the bright colors and wonderful textures. I am so inspired….I want to try some of these menus myself. Iain and Lily are very blessed to have you as their mom……not only for the good lunches.
    Diana F.

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