Roast chicken sliders and creamy mashed potatoes

Lunch box ideas for kids: roasted chicken sliders on squash rolls; creamy mashed potatoes; star fruit and bison jery

This weekend Parker and I did a little retail therapy. And he was shockingly restrained.

Every once in a while I make a pilgrimage to Trader Joe’s. The closest one is 45 minutes away. Initially, Parker was not thrilled at this prospect. But I lured him into the car with two promises:

1 – We could stop at Old Navy and he could pick out some t-shirts. He likes that they have crazy designs. I like that the clearance rack shirts cost about $3.

2 – He could help me select items for his lunches at Trader Joe’s.

And so we went. At Old Navy, he was beaming after selecting two Angry Bird t-shirts and a pair of Angry Bird sleep pants.

And then on to Trader Joe’s where, as I said, he was amazingly restrained. He declined most everything, including the mini whole-wheat bagels (I bought them anyway because I know he’ll love them) and strawberry yogurt smoothies (I bought them anyway and he inhaled one as soon as we got into the car).

But he did stock up on Greek yogurt of every imaginable permutation, every possible form of organic jerky he could find, some cured meats, a few cheeses and (in a moment of weakness on my part) a package of chocolate-covered potato chips.

Daddy stocked up on wine and organic meat.

For dinner last night, some of that meat — a whole chicken — got rubbed with an obscene amount of garlic and rosemary, then roasted. Which means chicken leftovers for lunch today. Using some leftover squash buns we had, I turned the chicken into simple sliders.

Add some of last night’s leftover mashed potatoes, a star fruit and some of the bison jerky Parker selected and we’re off for another week of lunches…

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6 Responses to “Roast chicken sliders and creamy mashed potatoes”

  1. Angela says:

    I’ve been stalking your blog for a very long time! lol When I cook I always try to cook just the right about that my family will eat so I don’t have any leftovers. I never really ever have any leftovers on the mashed potatoes. I should try to make extra so I can send my 8 year old son’s favorite food in the world with him for lunch! We don’t have a Trader Joes anywhere near where I live in West Virginia.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! Stalkers are always welcome! But I totally encourage you to start cooking a little too much at dinner. Makes it so much easier to pack lunch the next day. If I didn’t have dinner leftovers to work with my son would go hungry most days!

  2. Sharon says:

    How do you keep the mashed potatoes warm? Do you put them in a thermos? And, does it really work? I’ve been inspired by your blog to get thermoses for my boys and start sending them with leftovers too.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I have a number of thermoses I use. For things like mashed potatoes, I use a wide-mouthed thermos “jar”. It does a good job of keeping things warm (I prime the thermos by filling it with boiling water for a few minutes, then dump out the water and add the hot mashed potatoes). To help keep them moist, I also add a pat of butter to the top just before putting on the cover. Leftovers are the key! They keep me sane.

  3. veronica says:

    OK, so just curious as I always walk by the chocolate covered chips at T.J. are they tasty? what do they taste like?