1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #103
LUNCH – Mini Salmon Sandwiches with Spinach & Tomato
Mini sandwiches are always a hit (we like to call them party sandwiches), sometimes I serve them open faced and sometimes with “lids”. One of the daycare kids took one bite of her sandwich and spit it out. Well not all of it, just the tomato. I showed her how to open the lid and pull off the tomato, but encouraged her to try the tomato on it’s own. She did. She liked it. She went on to eat 3 more sandwiches with the tomato on. I’m chalking that up to a win!
These mini sandwiches are perfect for school lunches too, especially if your child has two nutrition breaks or is a slow eater. The mini size makes them fun, easy to hold, less overwhelming and you can add the number you think suits your child best. Maybe three mini sandwiches is better than a whole sandwich for your eater. I used salmon but really any sandwich filling that your child likes could be used in it’s place.
To make the mini sandwiches I stacked two pieces of bread and removed the crusts with a serrated knife, then I mixed the salmon with a bit of mayonnaise and lemon juice and spread it on one of the slices of bread and topped it with the second slice, before using the serrated knife again to cut the sandwich into quarters, creating four mini sandwiches. Using a sawing motion when cutting with the serrated knife keeps the sandwich from getting smooshed. Then I carefully pulled off the top of each mini sandwich and topped the salmon with a 1/4 slice of tomato and a couple of spinach leaves. The spinach leaves create a barrier between the tomato and the bread keeping the bread from getting soggy.
SNACK – Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Chopped Apples & Cinnamon
Rice cakes are a super easy snack, that you can keep on hand for snacks at home, but they are also perfect for school lunches and snacks on the go. The trick to making them packable is to sandwich the peanut butter in between two rice cakes. I usually cut the rice cake into quarters (a serrated knife works great here too) and then make two mini rice cake sandwiches. If your child can’t take nuts to school use a nut free spread instead.
I made this snack with chopped apples on top and a sprinkling of cinnamon just to switch things up a bit, but if you are packing this snack to go, you could either use sliced apples and sandwich them with the peanut butter or pack an apple on the side. To keep the apples from turning brown soak them in 2 cups of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, for 10 minutes.
Some other rice cake toppers I have made are peanut butter with apples and bananas, peanut butter with strawberries, peanut butter with bananas and grapes, hummus and veggies and cream cheese and veggies.
SNACK – Zucchini Toppers
The kids love zucchini toppers. I have served them cold and I have served them warm. Here I simply warmed up the tomato sauce and topped up raw, sliced zucchini and then sprinkled on some grated Parmesan cheese. To make them easier to handle for little ones or to pack them in a school lunch, cut the zucchini slices in half and fill a dip container with cold tomato sauce. You might also want to try Zucchini Pizza:)
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)