Summer Days – Recipe: Grilled Chicken Fajita Mexican Rice Bowl

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I am not sure how parents who have a baby who is a Senior in high school cope.  I have always been told that you are just prepared for it, and that is why you soak up every single moment of having your children at home.

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All I know is that my baby is almost a Kindergarten girl, and I am trying really hard to wrap my brain (and heart) around that.  Yes, I know that we still have the whole summer before school starts again.  And, trust me, we will enjoy every single second of it.  But, there is a finality in the next few days.

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It is the last few days of it being my last baby at home with me all day.  After June 1, there will be no more days of it being just my little mini me and I running errands, having pajama days, or just being silly.

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So, we are soaking up the days right now.  We are going to the park, having mall dates, and going shopping for crafting supplies.  She does not know that anything is different.  To her, these are the things that we have always done….because, we have.  However, to me, it is very different….because I know the meaning behind it all.  I know where my heart is right now.  I know that the tears come more easily for me.

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I also know that this is a season of life, and I know that Summer and I have truly, truly soaked up every single memory.  She has loved being at home with me, and I have loved having a constant companion.

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Next year will be different for both of us.  But, different is sometimes good.  I know us, and I know that we will make it good no matter what.  We see the sky and envision a rainbow.  We see a pony and envision a unicorn.  We see a change and envision an opportunity for growth.  We see each other and see a momma and a little girl who love each other so much that we are connected even when we are apart.  And, nothing can change that.

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One of the ways that I plan to soak up every single second of the next few days, weeks, and months is by preparing easy, healthy meals like this Grilled Chicken Fajita Mexican Rice Bowl.  It came together so quickly.  I love meals that have separate components because then the littles can pick and choose what they want to eat.

Grilled Chicken Mexican Rice Bowl

Grilled Chicken Mexican Rice Bowl

Ingredients

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced

Lettuce

Salsa

Sour cream

Rice, cooked

Black beans

Corn salsa

Instructions

  1. After marinating the chicken in your favorite spices (we used lime, olive oil, salt, cumin, chili powder, and pepper), grill it. Allow to cool slightly, and then slice it.
  2. Cook your rice. We used white rice, but you could use cilantro rice, brown rice, or any other kind that appeals to you.
  3. Prepare the corn salsa. The recipe is here.
  4. Layer all of the ingredients to prepare your Mexican Rice Bowl. I put rice, black beans, chicken, corn salsa, tomato salsa, and then sour cream. It is a flexible, easy rice bowl, and you can add or omit any of the ingredients.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/05/22/summer-days-recipe-grilled-chicken-fajita-mexican-rice-bowl/

So, while I will continue to cook, experiment, and enjoy good food over the next few months, my primary focus will definitely be on my littles and Sean – having fun, making memories, and enjoying our summer days.

 I linked up at the following:

Reasons to Skip the Housework for Tuesday Time Out

Blessed with Grace for Tempt my Tummy Tuesday

33 Shades of Green for Tasty Tuesdays

Naptime Creations for Tasty Tuesday Party

Cooking for My Kids: Project Lunchbox

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Even though I have not been posting pictures and recipes every day, I have still been enjoying participating in Project Lunchbox, hosted by the lovely Marla of Family Fresh Cooking.

I have made Sandwiches cut into cute shapes with fruit,

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Ravioli and Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip,

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Chicken Taquitos,

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Garlic Bread Cubes with Pizza Sauce,

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Southwest Rice,

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And, Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice, to name a few.

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Mostly, I have just been using leftovers to create a fun, fresh, healthy lunch.  And, the boys have certainly appreciated adding some diversity into the plain ‘ole sandwich routine.

I linked up at the following:

Grateful Belly for What’s New Wednesday

Lil’ Luna for Lil’ Luna’s Link Party

Polkadots on Parade for Wow Me Wednesday

Lady Behind the Curtain for Cast Party Wednesday

Naptime Creations for Tasty Tuesday Party

Simple Living for Foodie Friday

Cooking for My Kids: Project Lunchbox – Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice

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It is very important to me to always know what is going into the bodies of my littles.  While I cannot say that I never buy cereal or use a cake mix, I can say that most of what my children eat is prepared by me.

The same is true with their school lunches.  I pack their lunches almost every day, and I try to eat with them at school once per week.  I know that I am very blessed to be so involved in their day-to-day schedule and activities.  It is not something that I ever take for granted.

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While I started out the school year very enthusiastic about packing lunches, as the school year has worn on, lunch packing has become tiresome, as well.  That is why I was so excited to see that Marla with Family Fresh Cooking has launched another Project Lunch Box 30 day challenge.  The name of her blog says it all.  Marla believes very strongly in family fresh cooking and healthy meals.  She believes in it so much that she launched a challenge, back in September, asking that we all pack healthy meals for ourselves and our children for 30 days.  When I saw that she decided to do it again in April, I was happy because I needed a little push to get out of my rut of the same ‘ole sandwich, popcorn, and apple slices routine.  And, not only did she launch the challenge, she also created a PDF of recipes to help everyone out with ideas.

PhotobucketFor Monday’s lunch, I decided to incorporate some leftovers with some fresh ingredients to come up with a lunch that had protein, grains, fresh fruit, and a little treat of homemade Angel Food Cake.  We had grilled chicken with a honey mustard dipping sauce for dinner, so I cut up that chicken and served it over rice drizzled with the honey mustard sauce.

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We had fresh fruit for dinner, too, so I was easily able to add slices of pineapple, strawberries, and blackberries for a easy, quick little fruit salad.

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And, I did not feel one bit guilty about packing some Angel Food Cake because I knew that he was having a well-balanced lunch.

Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice

Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice

Ingredients

Grilled chicken

Bell peppers, diced

Rice, cooked

Honey Mustard Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons Karo syrup

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Season Salt

Instructions

    Preparing the Honey Mustard
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl, and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Putting it All Together
  3. Place a small layer of cooked rice into a lunch container or bowl.
  4. Top with slices of grilled chicken.
  5. Add diced red bell peppers on top of the rice and/or chicken.
  6. Drizzle with the honey mustard sauce.
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I hope to have more lunch ideas to share with you throughout April.  And, I am hoping that the challenge equals fun, healthy lunches for my littles for the remainder of the school year, too.

Happy lunch packing!