It’s National Sandwich Month! And with back to school approaching, what better time to start gathering ideas for school lunches. Whether it’s the classic PB&J or some out of the box creations, sandwiches have long been a classic choice for an afternoon meal. We’ve partnered up with BJ’s Wholesale Club to highlight some sandwich ideas, and to share some fun recipes that go beyond the typical sandwich.
an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to sandwiches. It all depends on how picky an eater you have and what you have to work with. BJ’s Wholesale Club has some great key items to start with thanks to their deli and bakery options.
Russer Deli Variety Pack: This is a great idea for a house full of different taste buds or just to have a variety of sandwiches throughout the week. With turkey, ham, and roast beef, this is a great cost efficient way to stock up on lunch ingredients. Wellsley Farms also offers a great selection of deli meat options.
Wellsley Farms Provolone Cheese: BJ’s has these great sliced cheese options- my family isn’t a fan of American Cheese, so it was great to find some other easy to grab and go options in the club.
Arnold Pocket Thins: These are fun for lots of sandwich ideas- and much easier to contain ingredients than typical sandwich bread.
Arnold Wheat Bread: We always keep a loaf of wheat bread in the kitchen for last minute sandwiches or toast.
Then, stay stocked on the basics- pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, mayo, and whatever else you like.
We also picked up some red onions, tri colored peppers, lettuce, and some mustard and dressings. For my oldest we made a yummy roast beef pocket filled with ingredients she liked. These pocket thins are also great for tuna, grilled chicken, and even veggie or breakfast sandwiches too.
Meanwhile, my youngest is super picky and really only sticks to the basics. So to make her ham and cheese or turkey and cheese sandwiches a little more fun, we went with the cookie cutter idea- which is always a hit with the little ones.
If you have time to let them help with lunch prep in the morning or the night before, making faces with the toppings is also another fun idea that gets kids interested in actually eating their lunch.
A bento box is a must have item for packing school lunches- keeps those sandwiches in place and room for sides. Briana made this cute puppy themed lunch last summer at an event- using raisins, crackers, and a strawberry to create the puppy’s face. You can also create the face inside the sandwich so that the ingredients stay in place.
Spread peanut butter on two slices of bread. Add a layer of thinly sliced bananas. Drizzle with honey. Yum!
Roast Beef Pocket Thins:
Make a thin layer of your little ones favorite spread inside the pocket thin. In a bowl, mix together roast beef, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese. Spoon mixture inside pocket thin.
Ham & Grated Carrot
Toast bread. Melt Cheese over bread. Add ham and grated carrots.
Combine tuna, mayo, mustard, celery, onion and shredded cheddar cheese. Add a bed of lettuce to pocket thin and scoop in tuna mixture.
Cuban Inspired Sandwich
Have leftover pork from the night before? Layer mustard, pork, ham, and pickle on toasted wheat bread.
Grilled Cheese & Apple
Classic grilled cheese with thinly sliced apples inside- drizzle with honey for a tastebud surprise.
For the most bang for your buck, BJ’s Wholesale is the perfect place to stock up on sandwich and lunch ingredients for back to school. We were thrilled to find the variety packs, which were much more cost efficient. We can also be pretty big deli snobs, but the Wellsley Farm brand has passed the test and will definitely be back in our fridge this school year.
What are you kid’s favorite lunchtime sandwiches? What are some recipes you’re interested in trying for this school year? Please share with us, we’d love to feature your ideas!
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