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Try these three fun and creative kids sandwich ideas to elevate your lunchbox!
Back to school and back to packing lunches. I don’t know about you all, but lunch box packing is my least favorite thing to do and I’m pretty sure by the second month of school my kids are about done with the same boring sandwich and chips combo.
It’s about that time that the kids start coming home with lunchboxes of half eaten sandwiches and begging to buy a school lunch – it’s time to elevate my lunchbox packing game and give them some variety so they’ll be excited about their home packed lunches again!
Three reasons to send kids to school with a packed lunch from home
My kids bring a lunchbox to school every day. We pack lunch at home and they bring it to school to eat. I certainly don’t do this every day because I have tons of extra time in the morning to pack lunches, I do this because it’s really a necessity!
The first reason is that it’s the most affordable option. I can plan out the lunches just as I would my dinners and work them into the grocery budget.
The second reason is that I know what they are getting. When I pack their lunches at home I know exactly where the food came from and how it was prepared. I can use the wholesome ingredients and make sure it is a balanced meal tailored to their dietary needs.
The third reason is huge – ALLERGIES! Most schools are very good about keeping any type of tree nuts out of their foods but my children, and many others have so many other life threatening or severely lifestyle altering allergies like gluten intolerance. When I pack lunches for my children at home I can be sure they aren’t getting any foods that they aren’t supposed to have.
Three creative kids sandwich ideas
I really like to get the kids involved in the kitchen, especially making their own lunches. They request their favorites and help me come up with new and creative lunchbox ideas regularly.
They all really enjoy meats and cheeses but tire quickly of the same plain lunches so we’ve come up with a few fun kids sandwich ideas to mix it up a bit – these are always a huge hit at the lunch table at school!
We always start with our favorite, Boar’s Head products when making our lunches. I love Boar’s Head because I can be sure that they are made of only the finest ingredients: whole muscle beef, pork and poultry, and spices sourced from around the globe. Did you know that Boar’s Head has been a trusted delicatessen brand for over 110 years?!
The kids love Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses and as a parent I can trust that they are always made with the best ingredients. With allergies and food intolerances I can also safely use Boar’s Head Meats, Cheeses, Condiments, and Spreads because they are gluten-free.
Sandwich sushi is by far one of our favorite ways to get crafty in the kitchen! Using Boar’s Head Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Ovengold® Turkey, and cucumber strings we create a fun and unique lunch idea that sneaks in a great variety of nutrition!
To make sandwich sushi you will need soft wheat bread, Boar’s Head Red Pepper Hummus, Ovengold® Turkey, cucumber, a rolling pin, and a knife.
Place one slice of bread on a clean cutting board and roll flat with your rolling pin. Cut off the crust and spread a layer of hummus on top.
Add a slice of Boar’s Head Ovengold® Turkey to the bread.
Slice your cucumber length-wise to make strings. place three cucumber strings on the edge of the bread and roll your bread up careful to keep the meat and cucumber inside. Slice four or five cross sections of your roll.
Ham and Cheese Sandwich Kabobs
Another fun and simple way to dress up your sandwich is to make ham and cheese sandwich kabobs! These are great because they fit neatly into a small container to keep your bread from getting squished in the lunchbox.
To make the sandwich kabobs you will need Boar’s Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat® Ham Boar’s, Head White American Cheese, green leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and toothpicks.
Cut your bread and cheese into 1-2″ squares, then cut your ham length-wise into strips. You can then rip small pieces of the lettuce off of the leaf. Stack your bread, cheese, ham, and lettuce onto your toothpick alternating twice and top with a cherry tomato.
Sandwich shapes are especially popular with the preschool crowd and are super fun for a seasonal lunch! All you need is bread, choice of Boar’s Head Meat and Cheese, and cookies cutters. For our Sandwich shapes we usually use Boar’s Head Ovengold® Turkey and Vermont Cheddar Cheese.
Layer your bread, meat and cheese and cut out fun shapes with your cookies cutters! The little ones love this fun kids sandwich idea and these are great for holiday lunches too.
I hope your children enjoy these sandwich ideas as they head Back to School with Boar’s Head!