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Can we talk about how it seems like school is starting earlier and earlier each year? I saw kids shopping for school supplies back at the beginning of July! I guess it makes sense—we don’t really live in that agriculture-based society anymore where the kids need to be home to work on the farm all summer. But still, phew, it seems to sneak up on me every year!
Juni isn’t to school age yet, so it doesn’t impact me directly, but I do hear from a lot of you guys around this time of year that you need help. The lazy days of summer are over, and suddenly your already packed schedules are filled with even more meetings and events and practices and games. Who has time to cook healthy food for dinner when you’re at a soccer game until 8pm on Tuesday after working all day?
When things get crazy (or you’re just trying to adjust to a new schedule), that’s when I think it’s time to take shortcuts. I’m a big believer that there is nothing wrong with shortcuts. Would it be better if we could all grow our own lettuce and churn our own butter? Maybe. But we can’t. My life philosophy (and food philosophy) is to do what you can with what you have when you have it. And let’s get real, sometimes, I just don’t have time to spend four extra hours prepping salads for work lunches all week (and sometimes I do). That’s when I love a good shortcut.
My favorite shortcut right now: rotisserie chickens. You know those roasted chickens that the grocery store sells for like $5 every afternoon and evening? It seems like almost every supermarket does it now, and it’s awesome. Especially because a lot of the supermarkets around here have gotten the memo, and have started also stocking natural, organic, and even free range rotisserie chickens (for more than $5, obviously, but convenience costs money). Those suckers SAVE MY LIFE when I’m busy. They are tasty, versatile, and you can stretch one chicken so far.
I normally buy two of the rotisserie chickens at a time when I go grocery shopping for the week. We eat some of one for dinner that night, and then I take the rest of the meat and turn it into chicken salad or tacos or sandwiches to eat on the rest of the week, and then I take the bones and make stock or soup—ain’t no shame in my rotisserie chicken game.
Lately, I’ve been all about taking my leftover rotisserie chicken and turning it into these SUPER EASY Chicken Caesar Wraps. It’s like a chicken caesar salad wrapped up in a perfectly portable shell. These babies are perfect for quick school or work lunches or quick weeknight dinners. And they literally are ready in less than 10 minutes. Can’t beat that!
Another awesome shortcut I love to use? The MightyFix box. It’s a monthly subscription service that helps you “greenify” your life by sending you high-quality products that will help you gently makeover your house into an environmentally-friendly mecca.
Going green can feel so intimidating—at least I think it can. There seem to be at least a thousand different things you need to change RIGHTTHISSECOND in your house to be a good citizen of the planet. For me, I get so overwhelmed with everything I should do, that I freeze up and don’t do any of it. Deer in headlights style.
That’s why I’m in love with MightyFix. For $10 a month (only $3 for the first month if you use the code “BACKTOHERROOTS”) you get a box with one task to help you go green. Just one. Like say, you get reusable produce bags one month (those flimsy plastic bags from the store are the worst, no?). And then the next month, you get reusable wool dryer balls to replace your disposable dryer sheets. Going green on one thing per month doesn’t feel so intimidating, does it?
The products included in the box always add up to a value of more than the $10 you spend, and beyond that, you are getting taught some seriously healthy behavior—small changes add up to something huge. It’s actually, kinda, dare I say it…fun. It’s like a nice little gift each month in the mail. And before you know it, you’ll look around your home and see that it’s filled with upgraded, healthier, planet-friendly items.
With school kicking off now, this month’s MightyFix box is all about making your lunchbox green. Inside the MightyFix this month is a selection of these reusable snack bags called Lunchskins. They come in super cute patterns, are dishwasher safe, and are infinitely reusable. And they are great for holding these Easy Chicken Caesar Wraps!
It might seem like a tiny change to make, but if you use just two disposable, plastic zip-top bags for your or your kid’s lunch every single day—these bags will save almost 500 (!) bags from hitting the landfill or recycling bin per year per person. That adds up to almost $50 worth of savings from buying plastic ziptop bags. For one person. For one year. Holy cow! Isn’t it crazy when you start to do the math? And that’s not even putting a dollar amount on how good you’ll feel for doing something nice for your planet.
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I hope you make it through the back-to-school adjustment smoothly, and I hope you’ll cut yourself and your family some slack while you figure out your new schedule. It’s okay (even healthy!) to take some shortcuts when you need them—and right now is when a lot of families really need them. Be gentle with yourself and your time. Enjoy!
- 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded (save the bones and skins for stock)
- 2 cups prepared caesar salad dressing (homemade or bottled)
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup whole grain croutons
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix the chicken and salad dressing until well combined.
- Lay out a tortilla on a cutting board, then layer ¼ f the chicken, ¼ of the chopped lettuce, ¼ of the tomatoes, ¼ of the cheese, and ¼ of the croutons. Wrap the tortilla burrito-style, then serve immediately.