With Labor Day over, it’s officially time to focus on all the back-to-school routines. If you’re already looking to spice up your ho-hum school lunch routine, here is the perfect solution! These easy, adorable, edible sandwiches from author Kristin Fitch are sure to make the back-to-school season a glowing success.
As a mom I am continually working to find ways to get my kids to eat right and introduce new healthy foods. One way I have been able to get my three boys to try new foods is by allowing them to help me in preparing meals or by making the meal more fun.
I’m pretty creative when it comes to breakfast and dinnertime meals but, in the past, lunchtime or kids party fare has totally stumped me. So my mom and I came up with a series of what we now call “FUNtastic Party Sandwiches”. Now I can add a bit of fun, creativity and new foods to my boys’ lunches and they enjoy showing them off when their friends come for a visit. The great thing about is it only takes me a few minutes more to make these adorable sandwiches and the kids really love them (and think I’m kinda cool when I make them too). I hope these sandwiches inspire your family to serve healthy, easy, and creative options for lunch or anytime you want to add a little whimsy to a meal.
ROCKET SHIP SANDWICH
Make any casual meal into a party with this fun Rocketship sandwich. Both kids and adults will have fun making and eating these creations and what better way to get kids to eat more veggies than to make them a fun sandwich like this.
For best results, use thin slices of bread. You and your family can get creative and make any food substitution desired.
For the Rocketship:
• 2 slices white bread
• 1 slice whole wheat bread
• Cheese slice
• Assorted pepper slices
• Cucumber slice
• Cheese for star
• Sandwich filling of your choice
Trim off crusts and cut bread slices into a rocket shape from white bread. Fill with sandwich filling of your choice. Ham & cheese? Turkey and mayo? Cut rocketship legs from whole wheat bread and fill. Make cheese slice legs and orange pepper legs to add to the top of the whole wheat legs. Cut three, thin radish slices to add for rocketship windows. Make flames beneath rocketship from yellow pepper. To finish, cut a star from a cheese slice or orange pepper. Make a “moon” slice from cucumber. This will delight any age kid in your life!
ICE CREAM SANDWICH
I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream. Well truth be told, my three boys love ice cream and even though it is only an occasional treat they wish they could have ice cream every night. So I created this ice cream-shaped sandwich to make lunchtime fun for my kids. I use this sandwich as an opportunity to fill it with a special filling for a healthy dessert after dinner or I put it in their lunch box for a surprise sandwich and make a tasty peanut butter filling. Go ahead and let your kids enjoy an ice cream sandwich every day! Make a single dip or a double dip ice cream cone sandwich. So cute that it’s hard to believe it’s a sandwich. This is a really fun and festive sandwich that can be made for most any occasion. A great birthday party sandwich or a fun summer lunch treat.
For the “Double Dip” Ice Cream Cone:
• 1 slice white bread
• 1 slice pumpernickel bread
• 1 slice whole wheat bread
• Snippets of colored veggies
• Sandwich filling
Remove crusts from all bread and then cut each slice of bread in half. Fold like pieces of bread together. Cut a large triangular shape for the cone from the whole wheat bread. Cut an ice cream “dip” from white bread, as shown with a drippy bottom. You will need to cut the top of the “cone” to the shape of your white Dip, just cutting away a tiny amount so the fit is good. Cut a second Dip from the pumpernickel in the same manner. Adjust the top of the white dip to fit the bottom of the dark Dip, as shown. All pieces should align nicely.
Fill all sandwich pieces with desired filling and set in place on the plate. Cut thin strips of carrot to form the cross hatching on the cone. Cut pieces to fit. Now cut little snippets of different colored veggies to make “sprinkles” to add to the top of the ice cream. We used radish, celery, yellow pepper and orange pepper. Use whatever veggies you have on hand. Finish by garnishing the plate with extra little sprinkles.
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Kristin Fitch is a parenting expert, author, educator and mom of three beautiful boys. She is also the CEO of Ziggity Zoom, LLC which hosts several crafting, parenting and activity sites including Mommie911.com, ZiggityZoom.com, and CuriousBaby.com, among others. Her book, “Parenting without a Paddle: Navigating the Waters of Parenthood” is now available.