August 17, 2011

Back to School Sandwich Ideas for Food Allergic & Picky Eaters (I happen to have both)

My kids are not particularly good sandwich eaters, and I find myself getting in a lunchbox rut by the end of the first week of school.  So now would be the time for a fresh start, and some experimenting with sandwich ideas.

I try to fill in lunches with sandwiches at least twice a week, and they'll often come back half-eaten or barely touched.  I've realized variety and a few favorite ingredients helps tempt hungry little ones a bit more than the old standards day after day.  Some ideas:

Here are our go-to breads, now that Rainbo white bread has added dairy to their ingredients
The following are dairy and egg free:
Milton's Healthy Gourmet White Bread
Milton's 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Market Pantry Round Top Sandwich Bread (Target)

Trader Joe's pita pockets
Trader Joe's handmade tortillas
Trader Joe's fat free english muffins
Some french bread or sour dough baguettes (check labels!)
Some focaccia breads (some have added cheese--please check all labels)
Sliced Bagels (like Sara Lee or Noah's)
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (bake with mini sausages, bacon, lunch meat, etc.)

SoyNut butter (sold at Target and Safeway)
Fruit jams (my kids like jam and turkey)
Hummus--my new favorite: TJ's edamame hummus (please check the ingredients as different varieties of hummus may contain nuts or other allergens, or make your own)
Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese (mince roasted peppers and mix, or add soup mix for some zing!)
Canned cranberry (with turkey...mmm)
Guacamole or mashed avocado
Allergy-friendly margarine (we use Earth Balance)

Sliced baked tofu, like Baked Tofu from TJ's
Bacon--add to a turkey sandwich or make a BLT with Vegenaise
Smoked salmon--pair with Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese with a bit of lemon juice and chopped chives
Leftover sliced meats from dinner, like chicken or beef
Meatballs, like Aidells teriyaki and pineapple meatballs
Hotdogs, like TJ's turkey dogs (pair with Milton's hotdog buns for a non-dairy option)

Mix and match your sandwich ingredients for a different sandwich and more enthusiastic sandwich eaters every time!

Here's today's lunch concoction: baked tofu, sliced tomato, and Edamame Hummus.  Even my notoriously carnivorous husband ate it and liked it without knowing there wasn't any meat in it!  Ha!  I added sliced cheese to mine, but I'm sure it would be delish without:

OK, so the picture isn't the best, but trust me, it was REALLY good!

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