As your kids go to school, we know how hard it is sometimes to put together a healthy balanced lunch box. You need to be different and creative every day of the week.

Eating with a fork or a spoon is not practical at school, especially for younger children. And so, it is easier for them to grab on sandwiches or finger foods type; it helps them be in control, and make less mess!

Here are 17  different sandwiches recipes along with their sides, for full lunch pack ideas that are tasty and nutritionally balanced for your little ones. You can obviously mitch and match or change any ingredient according to your child’s preference.

 

Cheese sandwich

1) Classic cheese sandwich

  • Toast bread or pita bread
  • Your choice of cream cheese spread
    (Example: Kiri, La vache qui rit, Kraft cream cheese, Philadelphia cream cheese)
  • Slice of lettuce

Sides

  • Cucumber or carrot sticks
  • Banana slices
  • Whole grain pretzels

 

French toast

2) French toast with fruit toppings

  • White or brown toast
  • Whisk a pinch of cinnamon powder, 1 egg, ¼ cup of milk and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
    (Serving of 3 toasts. Add ingredients depending on quantity)
  • Melt 1 teaspoon of butter over medium heat
  • Dip toast in egg mixture and fry slice until golden brown, then flip to cook on the other side
  • Add strawberry, blueberry or peach slices on top of the toast

Sides

  • Potato croquettes (deep fried or baked)
  • Banana slices

Cheese-steak sandwich

3) Cheese-stake panini

  • Panini bread
  • Thinly sliced beef, well-done cooked with:
    • Mashed garlic cloves
    • Diced onions, sautéed
    • Seasoning: Black pepper, fresh lemon zest, cumin, pinch of dried oregano and salt (leave salt to the end until beef is well-cooked)
    • Green and red bell pepper bite size cubes, sautéed
  • Melted cheese of your choice

Sides

  • Homemade fruit wholegrain muffin (fruit of your choice)
  • Diced cherry tomato
  • Strawberry slices

Boiled eggs

4) Boiled eggs

  • Boil 1 egg and cut in half
  • Season with a pinch of cumin and salt

Sides

  • Whole-wheat crackers
  • Cream cheese spread or cheddar cheese cubes
  • Red or green grapes (cut in half for younger children)

Yogurt, oat and raisins

5) Yogurt and oatmeal mix

  • Boil quick cooking oats with water (according to box instructions)
  • When oats are cooked, mix with plain yogurt
  • Top with raisins

Sides

  • Sliced bell pepper and carrots
  • Fruit salad mix

Hummus sandwich

6) Hummus sandwich

  • Panini or peta bread
  • Hummus spread
  • Thinly sliced cucumber

Sides

  • Diced cherry tomato
  • Fresh orange slices

Egg salad sandwich

7) Egg salad sandwich

  • White or brown toast bread
  • Boil eggs and chop to small pieces
  • Diced green onions (less than a tablespoon)
  • Cream cheese spread or mayonnaise (optional)
  • Season with salt, pepper and a small oregano

Sides

  • Carrots
  • Apple or guava slices

Turkey and cheese

8) Turkey and cheese sandwich

  • Toast bread or mini burger buns
  • Turkey slices
  • Melted cheese
  • Sliced tomato

Sides

  • Carrot and cucumber diced mix
  • Plain yogurt, or yogurt mixed with frozen blueberries

Mini pizzas

9) Mini pizza

  • If mini pizza dough is not available, you can use mini rounded pita bread
  • Top with tomato paste, small pinch of oregano, freshly diced tomato (optional) and Basel (optional)
  • You can add more toppings if desired: diced bell pepper, mortadella cubes, mushrooms, cooked beef or chicken cubes
  • Bake in oven for 7 to 10 minutes
  • Add shredded mozzarella cheese and back in oven for 3 to 5 minutes (or until cheese is softly melted)

Sides

  • Veggie mix (carrot, celery, cucumber and bell pepper)
  • Mix of yellow and green apple dice

Bread-sticks dips

10) Dip mix

  • Bread sticks (used for soups) or mini pita bread
  • Sliced cucumber, carrot, red or green bell pepper, celery
  • Dipping sauces: Hummus, cream cheese, Labne, vegetable mix in tomato sauce, honey with yogurt mix – any kinds of dips that you desire

Sides

  • Pineapple cubes
  • Whole grain pretzels

Chicken and mayo

11) Chicken and mayo sandwich

  • Minced or finely shredded chicken cooked to well-done with:
    • Garlic gloves
    • Season with salt and pepper
  • Mayonnaise spread (can be replaced with cream cheese or sour cream)
  • Corn or green beans (optional)

Sides:

  • Sautéed green beans and carrots
  • Kiwi and red apple mix

Waffle sandwich

12) Waffle sandwich

  • Whole-wheat waffle
  • Cream cheese, melted cheese or hummus spread
  • OR: white cheese slices with tomato
  • Cut waffle in half, use spread of choice, top with the other piece of waffle

Sides:

  • Veggies of your choice (cucumber, green beans, carrot, celery)
  • Banana or strawberry slices

Arabic pastries

13) Arabic pastries

  • Beef Kebbe, rice kebbe, beef, vegetable, potato, chicken, cheese or zaatar pastry
  • Bake or fry according to instructions

Sides

  • Mixed vegetables: diced tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, carrot and a pinch of dried mint
  • Watermelon cubes
  • Pita bread and hummus for dipping (optional)

Pancake sandwich

14) Pancake sandwich

  • Whole-wheat banana pancake
  • Small spread of cream cheese in the middle
  • Maple sauce (optional)

Sides

  • Plain yogurt mixed with honey or maple syrup
  • Apple slices

Tuna sandwich

15) Tuna sandwich

  • White or brown toast or pita bread
  • Tuna
  • Teaspoon of olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and lemon squeeze to taste

Sides

  • Boiled green beans and corn
  • Fresh orange slices

Egg and avocado

16) Eggs and avocado sandwich

  • Panini or toast bread
  • Boiled eggs
  • Ripe avocado, peeled and well smashed
  • Mix with salt, pepper and some olive oil
  • Tomato slice
  • Shredded cheese (optional)

Sides

  • Whole grain pretzels
  • Strawberry slices

Mortadella sandwich

17) Mortadella sandwich

  • White or brown toast bread
  • Mortadella slices
  • Diced lettuce
  • Melted cheese of your choice
  • Green olives (optional)

Sides

  • Mozzarella sticks (or any cheese sticks of your choice)
  • Dices cherry tomato
  • Melon and kiwi mix

 

All the above recipes can be combined with healthy and delicious drinks such as milk, freshly squeezed juiced or homemade smoothies. And don’t forget the water 🙂

 

Bon appétit!