Is your little one growing tired of the usual sandwich for school lunch? We rounded up kitchen-friendly tricks that will help you jazz up a plain lunch box sandwich, save you from stress and, more important, put a smile on your child’s face.
While kids can be quite picky and demanding with food, it’s great to know you can surprise them with less time and effort than you’d think. By choosing the right type of bread, creating delicious homemade spreads (or buying ready made), and finding kid-friendly fillings, you will go very far with a lunch box sandwich.
With a slice creativity and a spread of love, you can make boring sandwiches exciting again. From peanut butter and jelly to quesadilla and tacos, here’s a quick guide to starting the new year with new lunches.
Peanut butter and jelly may not be as popular in Australia as in the U.S., but there’s no denying that the sweet and tangy combination of this sandwich is hard to resist, especially for kids. So if you’re into this kind of lunch, you can choose to do it kebab-style. All you need are some peanut butter, jam or jelly, slices of bread, fresh fruits, and medium-sized bamboo skewers. Simply spread some peanut butter on one slice and jam on the other, cut into four pieces, and pierce alternately with your slices of fruits. Kids will surely find the bite-size pieces easier to finish.
Instead of slicing sandwich in straight halves, diagonal cuts or x-slices (not that they are wrong), try using your cookie cutters to create shapes out of your plain bread. Simply combine bread with different colours or textures to add fun and colour to your kid’s lunch.
Everyone loves ham and cheese sandwich but this soft tortilla roll trick just makes it more fun. Tortilla is a Mexican flatbread that is very filling and easy to eat on the go. But if you aren’t doing the wrap, it’s also good for rolling up your usual ham and cheese. And if you don’t have tortilla on hand, you can simply use a rolling pin or a clean glass bottle to make thin sheets of regular loaf bread. You can even cut them into small portions to make bite-size pinwheels.
While tortilla looks a lot like pita, they are two different kinds of flatbread. What makes pitas great is having open pockets for just about any kind of sandwich fillings. You have probably heard about it or done sandwich pockets for the kids. If you do have pita on hand, cut them into half and fill with anything from meatballs to your kid’s favourite veggies. Or if you could simply buy pre-cut pita pockets, that would be easier and even more handy.
If you trust your kid can handle a little bit of mess, then a build-your-own taco lunch can be a great idea. Instead of wrapping the taco ahead, make use of the compartments in your kid’s lunch box to pack the ingredients like ground turkey, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, and small tortillas that your kid would be able to hold with one hand. Practice this routine at home so you can train them on how to make less mess. This kind of lunch is perfect for your little one to enjoy a healthy, filling lunch that is also fun and interactive.