My lovely friend, Lady C came to see us for lunch today. Actually, she’s the Mum of Boy A’s good friend Boy L. And I’m Godmother to her daughter, Little Lady P, who Boy O already sits a little too closely to – for a two year old. Keeping up?
Well, Little Lady P is allergic to dairy so I always make sure lunch is a dairy free feast. Not as challenging as it sounds, because Boy O used to have a severe dairy allergy himself (and is now a yogurt-a-holic), so I’m used to cooking this way and I really enjoy having to think about food differently.
Keeping it simple, nutritious and pleasing for everyone I settled on chicken wraps. Or DIY Crumbed Spinach Chicken Wraps to be precise. With Roasted Root Chips.
1:05pm today = six very hungry bellies
1:22pm today = six empty plates (and a lot of mess)
approx 400g free-range chicken mini fillets
a bowl of good quality breadcrumbs
2 cubes of frozen spinach (yes, I use it in everything) – defrosted
4 carrots, peeled and cut into ‘chips’
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ‘chips’
a glug of rapeseed oil
tortilla wraps and salad to serve
Preheat the oven to 180. Then start by par-boiling the carrots and sweet potato for a few minutes, until they are just beginning to soften. Be careful not to over cook them (or you’ll be serving the wraps with mash). Drain and gently dab dry with kitchen paper. Toss gently in oil and evenly space out on a flat baking tray (or two), allowing each ‘chip’ plenty of space around it. This is worth taking time over as it will mean they crisp up and won’t be soft and soggy. Pop them in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes. Next, roll the chicken in the spinach to coat it then roll the spinach-covered-chicken in the breadcrumbs and place on a large baking sheet. As soon as the timer goes off pop the chicken in the oven and set the timer for another 15 minutes. They should be ready but check the chicken is cooked through and the chips crispy – if you’re using big chunks of chicken or large chips then they may need another 5-or so minutes.
Put the chicken and chips in bowls and pop them in the middle of the table along with some salad and a pile of tortilla wraps. Some grated or crumbled cheese would go well too. Let everyone dig in and make their own wraps. And mess. The Boys love making theirs. Especially the mess.