No sandwich lunches are a must have when you have kids who don’t enjoy sandwiches. These tips will show you simple ways to make them without dreading mornings. From quick pizzas to DIY sandwiches, I’m giving you all of my secrets for how to make no sandwich lunches your kids will actually want to eat.
When I met Alex I thought it was so weird that he hated cold cuts. As a kid who grew up on turkey sandwiches and Italian subs, it just seemed off. I proceeded to (and still do) make fun of him regularly because really – who doesn’t love cold cut sandwiches?
And then like all things in parenting, I had kids and the world gave me kids who don’t care for sandwiches to spite me.
My oldest loves the same sandwiches his dad loves – chicken cutlet, meatballs, homemade pastrami. But give him a normal turkey sandwich and he picks it apart and is just confused.
He pretty much only wants PB&J sandwiches, so I’ve needed to find simple things to send with him to school that won’t come back uneaten and picked over.
Thankfully, there are so many options for wholesome foods that we can send to school without having to send a basic sandwich. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips and ideas for sending no sandwich lunches to school.
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Tips for No Sandwich Lunches
Remember lunchables? Make a homemade version for half the cost and with much better ingredients. Place silicone cupcake liners into a square lunch container and add crackers, meat and cheese and snacks into the sections. Add a bit of fun by cutting the meat and cheese with small cookie cutters.
Make a sandwich new again
There are a ton of fun takes on sandwiches out there – from DIY uncrustables (you can even make grilled cheeses this way!) to fun sandwich skewers. Sometimes it’s not that your kids don’t like sandwiches, it’s that they’re bored with how they’re being presented.
Try it as a wrap
Wrap a normal sandwich up in a big tortilla and watch kids gobble them up. Wraps feel like “grown up” food, so obviously kids love them. Cut them into pinwheels like I did with these rainbow wraps for another fun twist.
Dips and Snack Lunches
The only sure fire way I know to serve my kids vegetable is to offer a dip with it. Send them to school with crackers and veggies with a container of dip – hummus is great, and my kids love this homemade Greek yogurt ranch dip!
Breakfast for lunch
Sundays are for pancakes in my house, but we always have leftovers. Make a few silver dollar pancakes when making breakfast and send them to school the next day, maybe with some bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, and a small container of maple syrup. Try my favorite fluffy buttermilk pancakes recipe!
My oldest almost always requests one of three breakfasts – pizza, PB&J, or yogurt. We have an oomie box that I use to send him with yogurt that stay cool until lunch time. It’s such a simple lunch, but when paired with homemade granola and fresh fruit it’s a fun DIY parfait!
Again- Ryan loves him some pizza. I love sending him to school with my homemade pizza bagels as an alternative to sandwiches. My kids don’t mind them cold. But if your kids would prefer them warm, pour boiling water into a thermos and let it sit for a 10 minutes while getting things ready before adding the freshly baked pizzas. Layer with parchment paper if they will be stacked.
Use a hot thermos to send kids to school with last night’s dinner. It’s the easiest way to pack no sandwich lunches AND reduce waste. My boys love my veggie pesto pasta as leftovers. This also works to keep things like chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese warm!
Let them choose
Okay, don’t hate me but I’m not a fan of giving into kids. So if my kids don’t want me to do something the way I’m doing it, I usually say whatever and let them do it themselves. This doesn’t always work, but more often than not picky kids are just fighting to find some kind of freedom of choice. Give them a bit of control and you may see them change their minds. At the very least, the lunch question will no longer be solely your problem!
Okay so tell me – do your kids like sandwiches? Do you? Which of these lunches would they like best? Let me know in the comments!
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