As moms, we go into summer with the best of intentions.If you’re anything like me, in the next few weeks you’ll make all of these amazing plans for what you’re going to do with those long summer days. You prep fun at-home activities, schedule exciting outings, and even plan picture-perfect lunches for your kids.
And if you’re anything like me, those plans usually last a week or two before the chaos ensues.
So I don’t know about you guys, but for me, it’s key to be a little more realistic about those fun summer plans. I still like to put together exciting and enriching things for us to do/eat/see, but I also try to make sure I’m planning things that are fun but not over-complicated (i.e. things I’ll actually do rather than just plan).
And that definitely applies in the lunch department too. No, I’m not going to make perfectly themed lunches every single day… let’s be real: it’s just not going to happen. Instead, I like to think up fun ideas that are nutritious and easy to prep with two stir-crazy kids in the house! Bonus points if I can think of a way to get those stir-crazy kids to help me make lunch.
So this recipe for Inside-Out Sandwich Cups is perfect for those lazy summer days when you want a nutritious lunch that incorporates a little bit of fun and lets your kids help in the kitchen. It’s a great way to sneak in a few veggies too! Here’s the recipe – and with this, I use “recipe” as a very loose term. It’s really more of a method: you can use whatever fillings your family likes in this!
- 1 pack HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® OVEN ROASTED DELI TURKEY
- 1 pack HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® UNCURED HARD SALAMI
- 5 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 8oz pack cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 small heads or 1 large head of broccoli
- 1 onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 yellow squash
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Toast the bread slices and until bread is crumbly and no longer soft. Cool and crumble into bite-sized pieces. If you’re using a toaster oven, toss the HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® UNCURED HARD SALAMI on one side of the cookie sheet and bake until crisp.
While the bread/salami is baking, place HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® OVEN ROASTED DELI TURKEY in greased muffin tins, making a cup shape. Bake these in a 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes, until edges of cups start to brown.
While your cups are baking, chop all veggies into bite-sized pieces. Lay veggies out buffet-style so kids can choose what they’d like in their cups.
Beat together eggs, cream cheese, salt, and pepper in a mixer. Fold in bread pieces. Let kids mix in their ingredients into this mixture…this is a great opportunity to get them involved in the cooking!
Pour filling into the cooked turkey cups and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until tops of the filling start to brown. Serve warm.
HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats give moms the best of both worlds. Now, you can you feed your family 100% natural* lunchmeat that costs the same as the un-natural stuff. With no added nitrates, no artificial colors, and no artificial flavors, HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats are packaged using a state-of-the-art process known as High-Pressure Processing, which cuts out the need for added preservatives* in the packaging process. This process enhances flavor, maintains the freshness of the meats, and preserves naturally with the use of simple water!
These deli meats really tie together your favorite dishes, whether they’re simple summer lunches or intricate dinner recipes. I love that deli meats that are both 100% natural and cost-effective (usually around $3.50 a pack) are so readily available!
* Minimally Processed. No Artificial Ingredients.
*No nitrates or nitrites added except for those naturally occurring in cultured celery and cherry powder.
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