I am a mom of three young kids and we are expecting our fourth (and final) baby in May. I always knew when I was growing up that I wanted to be a mom. In kindergarten my teacher interviewed each kid and after the interview we got to put photos of ourselves up with the interview on the bulletin board. Under future occupation, I had “mom.” Motherhood was my dream and I am thrilled that it is now my reality.
When I had my first child seven years ago, I received all of the essential parenting magazine subscriptions. Every baby and parenting magazine known to exist somehow showed up in my mailbox each month. For the first few months I would read through them but then I would get so discouraged. I felt like the magazines unintentionally piled on the guilt and made me feel paranoid about what my baby was or wasn’t doing at that stage in his life. I began to question my instincts and felt like instead I should rely on the advice of the experts who wrote the articles. Eventually I realized I was driving myself crazy by reading the magazines. I decided to put a stop to reading them and instead trusted myself. For advice, I turn to other moms that I know and admire. My own mom and mother-in-law provide a lot of guidance. My best friend, sisters and neighbors have always been great sounding boards. I feel so much better being able to bounce ideas off of people I know and trust and who I know have experienced the same things that I have.
One thing I have learned from the parenting magazines I have read is that kids love food that they can hold on to. Hand-held food, especially wraps, tend to always be a hit with my kids. It seems like I can put anything in a tortilla and it will get gobbled down by my family. We have tried everything from veggie wraps to bananas with granola and yogurt. If it is in a tortilla and all wrapped up, they don’t even question what is in it.
Since wraps are such a big hit with my family, I am constantly experimenting with different fillings. This is a recipe that I found online and then tweaked in a way to suit my family. Wraps, like parenting, are something that you should use your instincts on…fill them however you would like and then turn your family loose. I bet whatever you come up with will be a hit!
Wrap It Up Chicken Wraps
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast halves
8 ounces sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
Wrap size flour tortillas, warmed
Romaine lettuce, chopped
Small roma tomato, chopped
Shredded cheddar cheese
1. In a large Ziploc bag combine first four ingredients. Seal and shake well.
2. Add chicken to bag and seal tightly. Turn bag gently to distribute marinade. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and arrange on the rack. Grill 10-14 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.
3. Remove chicken and cut into strips.
4. In a small bowl combine dressing ingredients and whisk well.
5. Spread a thin layer of the dressing on the surface of the warm tortilla. Sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheddar cheese and lettuce on the tortilla. Add the chicken and then place the chopped tomato on top. Roll up the tortilla, wrapping all the ingredients into the center. If necessary, place a toothpick in the center to hold the wrap together. Serve warm.