The Country Cook: Back-To-School Sandwich Ideas
                                                   

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Back-To-School Sandwich Ideas

It's almost back-to-school time in our part of the country. We are after-Labor Day starters here. So, to get us all back into the swing of things, I thought I would share some fun sandwich ideas to put in your kiddos lunch boxes. My son, Alex, could eat peanut butter and jelly every day. Every. Day. But as he gets older, his tastes are starting to broaden and I'm able to experiment with different foods. 
One of the best ways to get kids to try new foods is to put new foods into a sandwich. It's a way to help the unfamiliar foods blend with familiar flavors. You can get really creative. And it can be super fun for your kids to help you come up with new ideas. So Alex and I put our heads together and came up with a few sandwiches we're hoping your kids will love. And I'm thinking Mom & Dad might want to dig into these ones too!
First up, the Sunrise Sandwich. This one is a good breakfast sandwich. You can make it in the morning, wrap it up and send the kids on their way and they can eat it while waiting for the bus, walking to school or while in the car drop-off line. It has lots of yummy protein to get their brain going in the morning. You can cook up the egg anyway your kids enjoy. I like a good fried egg on mine but Alex prefers his more omelet-style. It goes perfect with the Nature's Own Butterbread slices!
Sunrise Sandwich Ingredients: (per sandwich)
1 large Eggland's Best egg
2-3 slices ham
1 slice swiss cheese
1-2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 tbsp. mayonnaise*
Directions:
First begin by frying up your egg in a little butter or oil over medium heat. I cook mine over-easy but this part is to your liking. Season with salt & pepper. After egg is cooked, transfer it over to a plate. Don't get rid of the pan yet though, you'll need it to grill your sandwich in a minute.
Spread both sides of bread with Dijon mustard.
Top bread with slices of ham, cheese and fried egg.
Place the other slice of bread on top and spread evenly with a light coating of mayonnaise.
Place sandwich (mayonnaise side down) onto preheated skillet and cook on medium heat for just about a minute or two (until golden brown.) While it's browning, go ahead and shmear the other side of the sandwich with a light coating of mayonnaise.
It should get slightly crispy and be golden brown in color. Flip sandwich over and brown the other side. 
Then remove from heat. Slice and serve!
Next up, Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich with Honey. This one was Alex's personal favorite. We should have called this one "The Elvis" since he was known to love a good PB & B. These flavors are a perfect match with the Nature's Own Honey Wheat. It's also a perfect one to pack for lunch. Lots of yummy protein and potassium in there to give them the energy to finish out the school day!
Ingredients: (per sandwich)
2 slices Nature's Own Honey Wheat bread
creamy peanut butter
1/2 banana (sliced lengthwise)
1 tbsp. honey

The last sandwich in this roundup is one that I think Mom and Dad are really going to love to pack for their own lunches! This is also one for those kids that want to take it up a notch with their tastebuds - Grilled Cheese with Pear and Honey. We're using Nature's Own Whole Wheat bread topped with slices of Fontina cheese, Anjou Pears and a drizzle of honey. This makes for a scrumptious after-school snack too. Also, you can eat it as-is, no grilling necessary!
Ingredients: (per sandwich)
1 thick slice, Fontina cheese
3 slices, Anjou pear
1 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tbsp. mayonnaise*
Top bread slice with a thick slice of Fontina cheese. 
Then add slices of Anjou pears. I just leave the skin on. 
Then drizzle with about a tablespoon of honey.
Place the other slice of bread on the sandwich and spread with a light coating of mayonnaise.
Place sandwich (mayonnaise side down) onto preheated skillet and cook on medium heat for just about a minute or two (until golden brown.) While it's browning, go ahead and shmear the other side of the sandwich with a light coating of mayonnaise.
Flip sandwich over and brown the other side. 
Ooey, gooey goodness! It's creamy, savory with a hint of sweet.
*Cook's Note: A light coating of mayonnaise on sandwiches before grilling works better than butter in getting a nice, golden brown color while also adding some crispness. It also adds flavor to the sandwich!
Enjoy!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature's Own. The opinions and text are all mine.

No comments :