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Not Quite Ice Cream Cones for Dinner

Posted on July 30, 2013

I was in a rut. Serving the same 6 items over and over for dinner… or at least that’s what my kids would say. While we’re always trying to come up with new ideas, serve healthy well-rounded meals and of course keep to the limited number of food that the kids will actually eat, it’s challenging to provide creative cuisine night after night.

Well, today I started to think about ice cream cones. Everyone loves them. I can’t think of anyone (especially under the age of 16) that wouldn’t down one a day if they had the chance. Suddenly my new recipe idea became crystal clear. Chicken ice cream cones!

O.K., don’t laugh. (Or do if it’s one of those I’m so excited I have to laugh, laughs).  Think about it. It’s not just the ice cream that we love (or we’d go for a bowl all the time). The act of eating something we can hold in one hand is super-fun and totally game changing.

The basic idea is this. Pick a few ingredients that compose your dinner, like mashed potatoes, broccoli and roasted chicken.  Take one piece of lavash and split it into 4 pieces by cutting it in half and then dividing each piece on the diagonal. Now, line up your ingredients on one side of the triangle and roll the lavash over and around your ingredients in a cone shape. Brush the cone with a little olive oil and bake in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes until lightly browned and crisped into a cone shape.

Just like with ice cream cones, don’t skimp on toppings. I finished mine off with shredded cheese and chopped chives, I can think of lots of toppings that kids would love. A few crumbles of bacon bits, a squeeze of BBQ sauce or a dollop of salsa will top these off just perfectly.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few more savory cone combos that I’m considering for our next meal.

Breaded chicken, ricotta and sautéed spinach topped with marinara and Parmesan cheese.

Grilled chicken strips, black beans and rice and bell peppers topped with sour cream and salsa.