Three things you may know about me…I have 4 children (under the age of 7), I enjoy cooking for my family and I love the sunshine
Three things you may not know about me…I homeschool my children, I help my husband run his exterior maintenance business (which is starting to get busy this time of year) and some days I don’t even feel like washing the lunch dishes, let alone cook dinner. It’s those kind of nights that I’m thankful for leftovers or meals from the freezer. As the weather gets nicer, we long to spend more time outside and going to fun places like parks, hiking trails and the beach. So the dinner dilemma becomes even more of a challenge because we want to be out and about more, but still be able to eat a delicious meal.
Last week was one of those weeks, where I could hardly seem to get out from under the pile of dirty dishes that it was so darn easy to create. By the time Saturday came around I was ready for a break from the daily grind. I wanted to pack up the kids and head to the park for some downtime.
I took my youngest two and headed out to Walmart to pick up a few things so that we could pack a lunch to enjoy outside. You can see our shopping trip on Google +. The crowds were still slim since it was early in the day and I wanted to get in and out as soon as possible. I was planning on making a healthy Asian Inspired Chopped Salad and was looking forward to trying out Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken. By the time that we got done shopping, the sky was overcast and the winds had picked up quite a bit. We had to move on to plan B – indoor picnic time!
It took just a few minutes to put lunch together and while I did that, my 4 year old happily set up her favorite Hello Kitty blanket on the floor for us to dine on. Please excuse the mess, we really live here ;). The chopped salad came together quickly and the Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken was versatile enough to please us all. The girls had mini bow tie pasta – Zoe wanted hers with chicken and garlic sprinkles and Shiloh wanted her chicken and noodles with ‘spicy sauce’ (bottled Thai peanut sauce – she loves that stuff!).
Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken is fully cooked and cubed or sliced, it’s found in the refrigerated section and it made packing an on-the-go picnic style meal super easy. It comes in several flavor options – honey BBQ, ready for fajitas, grilled and cubed, as well as oven roasted, grilled or southwestern strips. I really love a good chopped salad – everything the perfect size for drizzling lightly with dressing and eating with a fork. Tyson Grilled & Ready Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast fit the bill for a chopped salad, already cooked and cubed, it went right in the bowl and got tossed together with everything else.
I took the same salad that I wanted to eat with a fork and stuffed it into a tortilla for my husband, to him that’s more of a meal than just a ‘salad’. Both he and I love Asian flavors and this salad really brought them together. Starting with Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken, I loved all of the textures of this salad from the slaw, peppers and cucumbers, the dressing brought enough tang and a little sriracha sealed the deal with a little heat. It was such a great flavorful way to enjoy a meal that I’m sure we’ll be making many more times as we pack a meal to go this summer.
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