Move over Brown Bag Sandwiches ~ A lunch makeover is here

By Prachi GroverNew School Bag – Check. New Books – Check. New Pencils – Check. New and healthy snack options that will ensure the lunch box will come back empty every single school day? Hmmm, not sure.

After any school break, getting up at five in the morning and preparing lunch boxes that are healthy, wholesome and have a variety can be quite a challenge. Especially when all that your little one wants is a sandwich because it is easy to hold and munch and leaves her with enough time to play. Let’s admit, even if you keep altering the fillings it can get boring for them (to eat) and for you (to make) afer a while. So let’s spice up Back–to-School this year with these new “Sandwiches”.

All these options are super healthy and packed with nutrients which is every parent’s mission for the school year and since these are still “sandwiches” I assure you there will be no resistance to this “new” lunch. The children can easily prepare these themselves and that assures they are proud to eat them too.

Happy Sandwiching and don’t forget to include a lunch box note. My little girl loves finding a joke or a riddle in her lunch. Wish you and your little ones a lovely school year; a year where they will make friends and memories for life!

The Croissantwich

The Croissantwich


The Muffinwich

The Muffinwich


The Bagelwich

The Bagelwich

The Croissantwich

The Croissantwich


The Croissantwich

Often we are left with one day old croissants from the weekend and filling them up with a moist salad not only gives it a new life but is a welcome change from the sliced bread sandwich. Vary the fillings over the weeks; boiled egg with salad leaves, ham and cheese are some of our favorites.

Makes a pair

You will need 

  • 1 wholemeal mini croissant
  • 50 gms of smoked salmon, torn into bits
  • 1 tbsps chopped spring onions
  • 4 tbsp thick yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped dill or any herb of your choice
  • salt pepper
  • 5-6 slices of cucumber
  • a handful of nuts (if your school is nut-free; dates are another option)
  • a pear

Method

  1. Halve the croissant, lengthwise taking care not to completely cut it else it will be difficult for little hands to hold.
  2. In a bowl combine the smoked salmon, chopped spring onions, yoghurt, mustard if using, dill and salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently.
  3. Fill the croissant with the salmon sandwich filling. Add cucumber slices on top.
  4. Pack the croissantwich with a handful of mixed nuts and a pear.

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The Muffinwich

The Muffinwich


The Muffinwich

Two halves of a muffin sandwiched with healthy sweet ingredients make for delicious end of week “treat” snack for the little ones. Keep changing the muffin and the fruit inside for variation. Try a nut butter with sliced apple or pear. You can even grill the bananas on a hot griddle if you like.

Makes a pair

You will need 

  • 1 large muffin
  • 2 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • half a banana
  • cheese of your choice cut into bite sized pieces cucumber and carrot batons

Method

  1. Slice the muffin into half
  2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract and maple syrup until smooth.
  3. Spread the vanilla spiced cream cheese on both the sides of the muffin.
  4. Slice the banana and arrange them on one side of the sliced muffin.
  5. Drizzle some maple syrup on top.
  6. Put the other half of the muffin on the banana half to make a “sandwich”.
  7. Pack the muffinwich with cucumber and carrot batons and cubes of cheese.

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The Bagelwich

The Bagelwich


The Bagelwich

Unlike the croissantwich where you need a leftover, the trick here is to use a fresh one it is still pillowy soft for your child to bite into. Making the potato patty by grating it not only saves you from the trouble of boiling potato early morning but also reduces cooking time. The crusty texture of the patty against the chewy bagel is another win.

Makes a pair

You will need

  • 1 multigrain bagel
  • 1 small potato
  • 1⁄4 tsp cumin powder
  • salt
  • paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 boiled egg
  • handful of blueberries

Method

  1. Split the bagel into half.
  2. Peel and grate the potato and squeeze out all the water.
  3. In a bowl, combine the grated potato, cumin powder, salt and paprika to taste. Shape it into a round disc.
  4. In a nonstick pan, heat the oil and cook the potato disc until it gets golden and a nice crust. (I like to then cutout a small hole into the centre of the potato patty so it resembles the bagel but that is not necessary).
  5. Spread the mayonnaise on both the sides of the bagel.
  6. Place the potato patty on to the bagel and close the sandwich.
  7. Pack the bagelwich with a boiled egg and a handful of blueberries.

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[This story has been written exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. All images provided by author]

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