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I am doing a September Health Challenge (feel free to start it whenever you can- it lasts for 30 days). I will be posting the daily challenge to my facebook page, twitter and instagram so make sure to follow along.
Need some healthy kid lunch ideas? This post is for you plus I’m giving away a lunch kit to TWO readers- perfect for your kids! You have until Tuesday at 12:00pm CST to enter (UPDATE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER).
I am sharing today’s recipe with you because I LOVE it and because it’s a perfect example of why it’s so great when my readers engage in conversations with me via comments on the blog, facebook or twitter. I get great ideas from you guys too!
One of my readers who always participates in meal planning on the blog was talking about baked egg rolls which led me to this Baked Southwestern Egg Roll recipe and it is now one of my favorite appetizers. It is perfect for parties, game-days (hello college football!), even casual dinners. We do “appetizers” for dinner once in awhile and I often make these with guacamole, salsa and a veggie tray. We LOVE THEM.
I usually make the whole recipe for me and my husband (my kids don’t like these much and I think it’s because of the green chilies) so of course we have leftovers. I love them cold the next day or warmed up in the microwave too. If you are making them for a party and need to do some early prep-work, you can make the filling ahead of time and just assemble and bake closer to party time. I like that they are a healthy yet hearty appetizer you can feel good about eating. You will LOVE ’em!
Now on to meal planning. I had some down time over the long Holiday weekend and I realized why my meal plans have been lacking over the last couple months. I stopped looking at cookbooks, magazines and cooking shows! Things just got busier since we moved and all the kids were home from school. I devoted an hour over the long weekend to do this and it was SO much easier to plan my menu for the week! It doesn’t mean I am trying a new recipe each night, it just gave me ideas and even reminders of things I’ve created in the past that I haven’t made in awhile. I totally recommend setting aside some time to flip through your cookbooks or online- just keep a notepad nearby to jot down the ingredients you’ll need and by the end of it you will have your grocery list ready. It helps tremendously!
Cobb Salad (romaine, tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese & cut up spiral ham)
Brown Rice & Lentil Burgers & regular hamburgers (for the kids and for leftovers), Traditional creamy coleslaw, homemade potato chips
Garlic Shrimp (got bumped from last week), Orzo-Feta Pasta Salad , Mixed Greens
Southwestern Egg Rolls, Guacamole (any other leftovers)
Spiced Rubbed Chicken breast, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Leftover roasted Veggies (used in enchiladas)
Mint-Pea Falafel, Baba Ganoush & Pitas, Veggie Tray
All you need for cooking these is a sheet pan like this one!
- 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
- 1 can (15 OUNCES) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dried
- 1½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
- 4 green onions, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne red pepper
- 1 package (21) egg roll wrappers
- **1 egg beaten for sealing egg roll (can substitute water)
- Guacamole (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine everything but the egg roll wrappers. Place ~1/4 cup mixture in the center of one egg roll wrapper. Fold bottom corner over filling. Fold sides toward center over filling and continue to roll tightly to seal (see directions on egg roll wrapper). Using your finger, moisten remaining corner with egg. Repeat.
- Place seam-side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush tops of egg rolls lightly with olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown. Turn them halfway through baking.
- Serve warm with guacamole and hot sauce.
What do you have on your meal plan for the week? Are you excited about college football?
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