With school just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about different ideas for your children’s lunchboxes. It is important to have a good lunch plan for your kids to ensure they stay full and satisfied during the day. Instead of the plain peanut butter and jelly, consider some of these sandwich alternatives for the lunchbox.
Cheddar and Roast Beef Roll Ups
One delicious lunchbox idea is a roll up made with roast beef and cheddar. This is an easy roll up that includes simple ingredients that you can easily keep on hand for several meals for your kids’ lunches.
This recipe is very easy to pull together the night before school. Keep in mind that the cream cheese sauce you add to the roll up can add some moisture, so consider adding it before your child leaves for school to prevent a mushy roll up.
For this recipe, you will need the following:
- 1 burrito sized tortilla
- 2 slices of cheddar
- 2 to 3 slices of deli roast beef
- 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon of horseradish
- Chopped romaine lettuce
First, make your cream cheese sauce. Combine the cream cheese and the horseradish and set aside. Spread it on the tortilla. Next, layer the lettuce, roast beef, and cheddar on the tortilla. Roll the entire tortilla and slice it into two to four pieces.
If your child does not have an adventurous palate or does not like anything spicy, you can simply spread plain cream cheese on the tortilla without adding the horseradish. Mayonnaise is also a good substitute.
Apple and Cheddar Sandwich
Sweet meets savory in this delicious lunchbox meal. An apple and cheddar sandwich is a great, filling meal that will appeal to the palate of any child. The apples and cheddar also hold up very well in a lunchbox, making it a great option for your child.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 slices of bread, the firmer the better. Consider using sourdough, French bread, or pumpernickel.
- Whole grain mustard
- 1 slice of cheddar
- 3 to 4 thin slices of apple
Lay the two slices of bread on a surface and spread each side with whole grain mustard. Place the slice of cheddar on one side of bread. Top the cheese with the slices of apple. Place the other slice of bread on top, slice in two pieces, and wrap in aluminum foil.
Smoky Ranch Chicken Wraps
Another delicious, healthy, and filling sandwich idea is a smoky ranch chicken wrap. One great thing about this wrap is that it can be made from leftover items you probably already have in the refrigerator. You can use your leftover chicken from another meal, baked rotisserie chicken, or even sliced deli chicken.
The sauce is easy to make and is appealing to almost anyone. The smoky flavor of the ranch sauce makes this meal stands out above the rest. You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 burrito size tortilla
- 1 to 2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing
- 1 tablespoon of smoky barbecue sauce
- ¼ cup chunked or sliced chicken
- Mexican shredded cheese to taste
- Romaine or iceberg lettuce
Combine the ranch dressing with the barbecue sauce. Spread it on the tortilla. Add the lettuce, and then layer the chicken and cheese. Roll the tortilla and slice it into two pieces.
You can also serve the smoky ranch sauce on the side in a small cup instead of putting it on the wrap to reduce the moisture.
These three sandwich options are great for something new and exciting for school lunchboxes. If you need more fun and easy meal ideas for your family, check out the iRazoo blog