Since I struggle most with finding good things for my kids to eat when they get home from school I thought I would share a few after school snack ideas for the kids and one of my own personal favorites Green Chili Gouda Cheese Quesadillas!
Yes, Arla Dofino is the folks that make the best cheese EVER! You got it, here are three great after school snack ideas I hope you’ll find helpful.
YUMMY, and from Kelsey Banfield, The Naptime Chef! Kids are sure to love these awesome Gouda Rolls Ups for both lunch and afterschool. Plus, I’m 99% sure they’ll be one of the only kids sporting these awesome roll ups in their lunch box. They’re easy to make, and yummy.
- One slice Gouda Cheese from Arla Dofino (sliced)
- Three pieces of turkey or you’re favorite meat (sliced)
- One 10 inch tortilla
- Two leaves of lettuce
One teaspoon of reduced-fat mayo (or you can use ranch, all my kids like to use ranch)
- Super easy, grab your tortilla, place on a plate and spread your mayo over the top. Lay the deli mean, slice of Gouda, lettuce leaves, and any other toppings on the top before rolling it up. Once you have all the toppings in place, roll it up, and cut into five bite sized rolls. You can toss the ends if you like.
Fruit & Cheese Skewers
Another great recipe from Kelsey Banfield from The Naptime Chef
- Four Skewers
- Chunk of Creamy Havarti cheese by Arla Dofino. (18ox, cubed or cut into super fun shapes. You can also use Havarti with Jalapeno for those who like a little spicy kick).
- Grapes – Purple or green (8-10)
- Strawberries (4-6)
- One Kiwi
Optional, but fun
- Apple slices
- Pear Slices
- Banana Slices
And, anything else fun you can come up with.
- Shape or Cube your Havarti cheese by Arla Dofino, if you choose to shape stars and hearts can be easily cut using shape cutters. Next you’ll spear the grapes, kiwi, strawberries, and other fruit you’ve decided to use on the skewer, alternating with the cubes or cheese shapes until you’ve filled the skewer.
- Leave about one inch at either end, or cut off the sharp tips of the skewer so the kids can handle it without any issues.
I had to do something with the Gouda cheese to melt it, it’s mine and the kids favorite cheese for anything with melted cheese, because of how well it melts, and it’s amazing taste. This was my first time trying it with green chili, and WOW can you say super yummy! Two of my favorite things in the world together and it’s great. Plus, my kids got to help too, lol.
See, it’s green chili season here in Southern New Mexico, and there is nothing better than fresh roasted green chili! We stocked up on enough green Chile to last us until next season, lol. I used the fresh chilies we have, but you can still use frozen or canned. Frozen is better, I would go with canned last.
It’s an easy recipe or great after school snack idea so the kids don’t get bored.
- Whole Wheat Tortillas
- Fresh Green Chili (you can also use frozen or canned green chili.
- Gouda cheese by Arla Dofino (sliced)
- Black olives
- This is a super easy recipe, especially for how yummy it is. I didn’t provide you with exact amount of cheese or green chili because everyone enjoys a different amount of both. I prefer a lot of both, my oldest likes more green chili, and younger kids like plenty of Arla Dofino Gouda cheese.
- Lay a tortilla flat, slice Gouda cheese into thin slices, and lay flat on the tortilla. You’ll want enough to cover the tortilla when it’s all melted. Normally, 3-4 thin slices is plenty.
- Slice green chili into long thin slices, and apply according to taste buds liking. Add any additional items, and place another tortilla on top.
- You can put butter on the outside of the tortilla before placing into the plan to help cook the tortilla, but I prefer it without. If you decide to use butter, be sure to apply butter to both tortillas outside only if you choose to use butter.
- Place in pan on medium heat, allow to cook until cheese starts to melt, and the tortillas stick together well before flipping and cooking the other side. If you used butter, be sure the outsides of the tortilla are not soft. You’ll want them a golden brown color, and semi crunchy with no leftover soft spots from the butter.
- Remove from pan, and cut like a pizza. You should have eight slices.
I love having the kids help me with afterschool snacks, they always put a smile on my face. I told them to cut me up some bananas, since they can easily do that without using anything sharp, and they had to call me on the banana phone first, “Hey mom don’t forget to add Arla Dofino cheese, PLEASE.” Okay, so that’s not really what they said, but I know they didn’t want me to forget the cheese, lol. Doing anything with my kids gives me a time to giggle, and them some time to get a little cheesy, and act a little fruity! Love my kids.