ChopChop-Inspired Barley Salad with Grilled Chicken and Black Bean Hummus

lunch on 3 Sept 2013: crunchy barley salad with grilled chicken, black bean hummus on pita and grapes
lunch on 3 Sept 2013: crunchy barley salad with grilled chicken, black bean hummus on pita and grapes

Several months ago, I discovered ChopChop magazine, which is a fantastic cooking magazine for kids that features fun, easy to prepare, healthy recipes. At the beginning of summer, I got a subscription for Lily, my little cooker and sous chef. She just loves to get her own mail and to look at all the pretty pictures of food that she wants to make with mommy. The current issue of ChopChop has tons of great ideas for school lunches and snacks. Black bean hummus was a revelation. Who knew?! I made a batch yesterday and it was a big hit with the kiddos, so I put some black bean hummus pita triangles in today’s lunch. I also make a ChopChop-inspired barley salad for dinner last night. The salad is chock full of good stuff: sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, black beans, corn and black olives. In today’s lunch, I added some leftover grilled chicken and crumbled cheese to the barley salad. Mmm, the kiddos always love a crunchy salad of goodness!

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