If you and your kids are getting bored of the same old sandwiches everyday, we’ve got some fun ideas to share! Over the past week, the girls and I have been having some fun in the kitchen during lunchtime. We’ve been trying out the new Hillshire Farm Naturals line of lunchmeat and using it to put a twist on our regular sandwiches. We have 5 fun sandwich ideas for you to try:
1. Mini Triangles
Make your favorite sandwich and then use a pizza cutter to cut it into tiny triangles. I actually started doing this with sandwiches when my girls were babies, and we started doing it again as a way to “switch things up”. They love the bite size sandwich pieces!
2. Cut Out Surprise
I always saw sandwiches like this on Pinterest and though they were way too fancy for my lunch making skills. It was a lot easier than I thought. We had 2 different size heart cookie cutters, but you could also just cut out a tiny shape from the bread on a regular square sandwich. This one was Maggie’s favorite.
3. Sandwich Sushi
Alex would eat string cheese for every meal, every day. I was trying to figure out a way to incorporate string cheese into a sandwich. We made some “sandwich sushi by wrapping string cheese and Hillshire Farm Naturals ham in a wheat tortilla. I wrapped it up tightly and then sliced it like you would with sushi. This was by far Alex’s favorite of the 5 new sandwiches we made!
4. Silly Shapes
Any sandwich seems more fun if it’s in a fun shape. Besides looking cool to the kids, I find that using a cookie cutter to make a shape “seals” the sandwich and makes it easier for the kids to eat without it falling apart. We made some spooky ghost sandwiches this week. For our “silly shapes” I usually use regular bread, but sometimes (like with the ghost) it’s easier to cut the shape out of a sandwich made from a tortilla.
5. Shredded Carrot
I’m always trying to find ways to sneak some more veggies into the kids’ meals. Our newest way of adding veggies to lunchtime: placing shredded carrots in between the cheese and lunchmeat. Hint: if you add the shredded carrots to a sandwich cut out into a “silly shape” with a cookie cutter, it’s harder for the kids to notice they are in there.
Along with new ways to make sandwiches, we’ve also added something else new into our lunchtime routine: Hillshire Farm Naturals. I’ve never bought a lot of pre packaged lunchmeats, but when I heard that the new line from Hillshire Farm is made with no artificial ingredients, preservatives or nitrates, I decided to give them a try. They have been a hit with the whole family. The new line from Hillshire Farm features four varieties: Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast, Honey Roasted Ham, and Black Forest Ham. They come in a double sealed, re-sealable tub, so they stay fresh for a while, which is good because each member of my family picked a different “favorite” from the 4 varieties we tried. Looks like we’ll be keeping quite a few of these in the fridge from now on!
This post was sponsored by Hillshire Farm. As always, all opinions are our own.