Kids’ Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches

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According to my four kids, the following sandwiches are their top 10 kid faves. My kids don’t like buying lunch at school — they agree it’s terrible — so I pack their lunches which ALWAYS include: a sandwich (I try to vary daily), a piece of fresh fruit, a bag of chips, a few cookies or some sort of treat and a Gatorade.

TOP 10 Kid Sandwiches

1. PB & J

The number one sandwich filling for kids is peanut butter and jelly.  Two of my boys LOVE having this made on Pepperidge Farms Cinnamon Swirl bread or the Raisin variety. The prefer grape jam over strawberry.

2. Cheese Sandwich

I do this one with one of those jumbo blocks of Sharp Cheddar from Kraft. I slice the cheese with my big knife. One of my boys likes mayo only (and lettuce) the other likes a zippy mustard added to the mayo (and lettuce). I make it on wheat or honey wheat bread although my 14-year-old prefers a hoagie roll.

3. Bologna

I do the same with this.

4. Ham Sandwich

Dress her up with a nice piece of sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayo and/or mustard.

5. Tuna Sandwich

This works well for most kids although some will turn their nose up at it. Try different ways of mixing it with mayo, relish, lemon, purple onion diced up real well … my older boys like tomato on it … and they prefer it on white bread (oh no! the dreaded white bread! for shame, for shame!)

6. Peanut Butter and Banana

Yummy! And consider perhaps adding a spread of Nutella to the mix!

7. Peanut Butter and Honey

Ditto the above.

8. BBQ

Use your leftovers and put the BBQ on a roll. Your kids may not want cole slaw added, but you can wrap up a pickle on the side to complete the overall experience!

9. Egg Salad

You get to control what you put in your salad. I hard boil eggs a couple of times a week it seems. Dice up the eggs, add what you like … mayo, salt & pepper seem to be all that my kids demand. They prefer it spread on white toast (I butter the toast first, too).

10. Turkey Sandwich

My oldest boy can eat a turkey sandwich every day … but there’s a way he likes it: On a hoagie roll, spread with mayo on one side (like how Jersey Mike’s does it). Put down several pieces of Ovengold turkey, add several slices of sharp provolone cheese, squirt spicy brown mustard on that then top with lettuce, a drizzle of vegetable oil, a drizzle of red wine vinegar, slivers of purple onion, salt and pepper. Yeah, and he LOVES it!

Susan Day is editor-in-chief of Cincinnati Family Magazine and a mother of four.

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