Now is the perfect time to start making some foods for lunch boxes. School days are so busy it's hard to throw together an outfit, let alone a delicious and healthy lunch, so turn to freeze ahead sandwich recipes.
Make these sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them, well wrapped and labeled so you know what you have, then just pick one out of your freezer on school days and tuck into insulated lunch boxes. The lunch boxes do have to be insulated, and make sure you have tucked a frozen gel... pack into the box. That just keeps the temperature below 40 degrees F, so the sandwiches will thaw in time for lunch but will still be safe to eat.
You can change these recipes any way you'd like. Use a different bread, change up the cheeses or veggies, and add spreads such as honey mustard or softened cream cheese mixed with herbs. Make sure that you write down the changes you do make so you can reproduce your masterpiece.
If there are any leftovers (doubtful!), tell your child to throw them away. Those insulated boxes are not made to cool down food; they can only keep food cool for a few hours.
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These cute little sandwiches are the perfect size for a child to hold. And the filling is mild and pleasing to any small person. The shredded carrot sneaks in a bit of nutrition too.
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This is a chicken salad sandwich at its most basic and most delicious. I don't think there's a child around who wouldn't want to eat this (unless they're vegetarian).
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This excellent sandwich is full of nutrition and flavor. If you are going to freeze this sandwich, make sure that you don't freeze it with the lettuce and tomato. Pack those separately and tuck them into the lunch box.
So The Lunch Is Eaten ...
One of the best ways to ensure that the lunch you have made will be eaten and not traded away is to have your child help you make it. This is a great opportunity to teach them some kitchen (and food safety) skills at the same time. Children have a propriety attitude about their own creations. Just have little Jill or Johnny mix the filling or assemble the sandwiches and the odds that it will end up in their tummies will increase!