Meatless School Lunch SandwichesCatherine McCord
Many people are leaving meat out of their diets these days. Wether you’re an avid Meatless Monday participant, a Lent observer, or living a vegetarian lifestyle, these sandwiches will help fill your child’s lunchbox and their tummies with nutritious school lunch fair while never compromising on flavor and fun!
I’m sure there are plenty of parents with “picky eaters” who could never imagine their culinary-challenging kids eating a veggie sandwich overflowing with crunchy cucumbers and carrots and slathered with luscious hummus and pesto, but I’ve got two kids who consistently surprise me when they devour this sandwich (which is so veggie packed I should really call it salad on bread). It’s full of nutritious foods you want you kids eating and a perfect sandwich for all those budding vegetarians in your life since they can get protein, carbohydrates, and their vegetables all in one place. Not to mention it’s incredibly filling and tasty.
My kids love themselves some cucumbers and so I always keep a bunch of them on hand for these simply delicious sammies. They are light and refreshing — the perfect sandwich, no matter how little time you have to make them!
It’s amazing how positively kids react when you do something as simple as changing the shape of one of their favorite foods. There’s obviously nothing that needs improving when it comes to a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich, BUT try mixing a bit of cream cheese into the jam, spreading it onto a flat piece of lavash, rolling it into a cylinder and then cutting it into wheels, and it becomes a totally new take on a lunchtime classic that’s even more fun to look at and eat! Make these pinwheels nut-free by substituting sunflower seed butter or soy butter!
I can’t claim this as an original recipe (considering I used to eat it at least once a week when I was a kid), but I wanted to share it with you anyway since it’s a comfort food that takes me back to my childhood. Pimento Cheese Spread is a traditional recipe in the south and one that my grandmother made frequently when we went to her house. She would use it to make the most delectable tea sandwiches that my brother, cousins and I would devour. While I admit that this recipe is somewhat out of character for weelicious in that it is not exactly super healthy, it is vegetarian and totally delicious, so indulging in it now and then seems ok to me. I hope one of my childhood favorites will become one of yours too!
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
1 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated ( i like to use a hand grater, but you can also use a box grater and then chop it into smaller pieces)
2 ounces diced pimentos, drained (or 2 tbsp roasted red bell peppers, diced)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or veganaise
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
2. Serve with sliced bread.
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