3 Creative Sandwiches Your Kids Will Want to Eat

For some unexplainable reason, kids cringe when they find sandwiches in their lunchbox. They never seem to shy away from the star ingredients—cold cuts, cheese, and even veggies—but when pressed between two slices of bread suddenly all bets are off. Try putting these less traditional takes to the test. For every kid there is a sandwich!

FOR THE CREATIVE TYPES: FUN SHAPES

Break out the cookie cutters and transform your sandwiches into works of art. Let the kids pick their favorite shapes or make them a lunchtime surprise. Cut-outs are best for more classic sandwich combos—turkey and cheese, PB & J, cucumber and cream cheese—as the thicker the sammie, the harder to cut. Particular eaters who prefer no crust will be pleased—and the scraps will make your dog pretty happy, too.

FOR THE BUILDER: TRIPLE DECKERS

There’s something extra special about a sandwich that stacks up. A bonus: these hold up a bit better against sogginess and a healthy spread helps keep everything in place. We like hummus or homemade guacamole, then layer on cold cuts or tofu, and thinly sliced veggies, such as cucumbers. Those three slices of bread make big sandwiches; one triple decker is enough to feed two small kids, who usually can’t finish an entire sammie solo.

FOR THE FOOD CONNOISSEUR: PANINI

Is there a grilled cheese lover in your house? Break out your panini press or cast-iron pan! For the latter, add a little oil, then place the sandwich in the center of the medium-hot pan and allow the bread to brown for a few minutes, then gently press down with a spatula, flip over, and repeat. Try sliced chicken breast, turkey bacon, or thinly sliced veggies to up your grilled cheese game. Don’t forget to tightly wrap the freshly made Panini in aluminum foil (the bread will remain golden and crunchy for lunch).