Back to School Lunch: A Sandwich a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

BacktoSchoolSandwichLet’s face it; Packed lunches can get a little redundant even for adults, so imagine how your children feel! My son is a picky eater, so I was delighted when he took an interest in lunch this summer when I decided to zest things up by doing a weekly menu.  He especially loved sandwich week! He even got creative with suggesting how to use his favorite HerbNZest flavor, Chive Tomato Relish on a ham and cheese sandwich.

Sandwiches are great because they cover all your bases: protein, carbs, and fiber. And when you add some healthy fruits and vegetables you have a balanced meal. For instance, you could sneak in fruit such as strawberries and banana on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and kids would be all over it!

So, we decided to create Back-to-School versions of sandwiches, often, using left over ingredients from the previous night's dinner. Many of these deliciously creative sandwiches can be assembled in less than 10 minutes and will make back-to-school-lunches a breeze for you and fun for your kids.

Monday: Smoked Ham, Cheese and Tomato Relish Sandwich with carrot and celery crudité. Thisclassic lunch staple gets zesty with our HerbNZest Chive Tomato Relish. Tuesday: No-Heat Chicken-Free-Salad version) Sandwich with Basil Peach Raisin Chutney- This sandwich is filling and mildly sweet and best of all, your child can assist you in making this easy and kid-safe recipe! Wednesday: Roasted Vegetables and Curry Pumpkin Pesto Sandwich. Roast extra vegetables for dinner and put them between two slices of bread for lunch! Mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant all make for a hearty healthy lunch. Thursday: Shredded Pork Tenderloin and Curry Ketchup with squash succotash. Your kids will love this one! You can make pork tenderloin in your slow cooker and freeze it in batches to last you the month. Now everyone can enjoy barbecue all year long. Friday: Turkey with Sweet Potato and Cranberry Orange Relish. This sandwich might remind your little one of Thanksgiving! Boil a small sweet potato and slice thin.  You can freeze the rest of the potato that you don’t use, or use it for your own lunch. In our house, no vegetable ever goes uneaten!

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