Back to School Recipe for the Whole Familia with Smart & Final

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Trying to make life easier for myself is a personal daily goal of mine. It's sounds selfish when I say it that way, but let's be honest, being the Mom and Wife requires a lot of hard work. Yes, I love being the Mom and Wife, but why not try to make things as easy as possible, for myself? To me, that means picking out clothes for the entire week on Sunday, leaving backpacks by the front door so we don't forget them, and meal prepping as many meals as possible ahead of time. Prep day is always pretty busy, but I always start at the market.

Smart & Final is rebranding and if you check out thecommercial, you will see that they aim to highlight the company's heritage and remind everyone that they serve as both a warehouse & market so everyone in the neighborhood can have a one stop shopping experience. I love being able to pick up everything on my list and then some. On this day I was really happy to see an inclusion of a new Organic brand, Sun Harvest. Sun Harvest items range from organic items to products that are all-natural with no hormones added, to natural cleaning products that are earth-friendly and biodegradable.

Today I'm sharing my whole family lunch recipe. Yup, I used the same few Sun Harvest ingredients to create a make ahead lunch for me, my husband and the kids. Now that the kids are heading back to school, I have got to get back on track with eating healthier and because I make his lunch, my husband does too. Keep reading to see how I got my entire family to eat Kale!

 For this recipe you will need:

Sun Harvest Organic Chicken Breast (cooked and sliced)

Sun Harvest Organic Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Parmesean Cheese

Wheat tortillas

Wheat bread

and any other lunch items you might have on hand.

For my Husband's lunch I made a

Kale-Chicken-Ranch Wrap

 Here's what you do:

Step 1: Brown the Sun Harvest organic chicken in a pan with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt and pepper to taste. The chicken will cook through in about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Step 2: While the chicken cooks, wash and chop the Kale then add 3-4 tablespoons of Sun Harvest organic buttermilk ranch dressing and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of Parmesean cheese, toss to dress.

Step 3: Once the chicken is cooked, remove from pan and slice into pieces.

Step 4: Flatten out a wheat tortilla and place a heaping amount of Kale mix down the center and add chicken.

Step 5: Wrap like a burrito, slice in half and place it in an airtight container in the fridge.

 For my lunch, I made a mason jar Kale-Chicken-Ranch salad

It really is very simple.

Step 1: Pour about 2 tablespoons of Sun Harvest organic buttermilk ranch dressing on the bottom of the mason jar.

Step 2: Add about 2 cups of Kale. I think the Kale is pretty strong and can withstand being near the dressing.

Step 3: Add chopped chicken and Parmesean cheese and close with the lid.

Refrigerate overnight and when it's time for lunch mix it or shake it up and enjoy.

 I have to brag that I got my kids to eat Kale, for my kids lunch I made them a Kale-Chicken-Ranch Salad Sandwich.

For this recipe all you need to do is mix the Kale, Sun Harvest organic buttermilk ranch dressing, parmesean cheese and diced chicken all together and then put it in a sandwich. I used wheat bread and cut it into triangles. As you can see below, if you place them just right and add a slightly split string cheese, you get a lovely butterfly that my kids excitedly ate. To round out their lunch, I added some Sun Harvest organic baby carrots and First Street pretzel thins.

Could it get any easier than this? I will be making our lunches like this as often as possible and I am just so glad that I don't hear any complaints. Oh, I added some chips to my husband's lunch. His wraps are good and hearty with the Kale, but let's be honest, the man needs a little bit more lunch than that.

Feel free to Pin these to Pinterest for lunch inspiration. And for my California peeps, did you know that  Smart & Final offers Instacart? When you sign up online you'll get free delivery AND Smart & Final is providing you a $5 off coupon! Enter SMART5 to get $5 off at checkout. You'll shop online and enjoy your groceries being delivered to you!

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Sun Harvest Sweepstakes.

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FYI: Smart & Final is scheduled to open 16 additional Smart & Final Extra! stores including three store conversions throughout the year, is one near you? Make sure to follow Smart & Final on FacebookTwitter and online for more contests, deals and recipes!

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