Sandwiches make a perfect summertime meal because they require very little or no cooking, and you can take them anywhere. They’re also easy to customize according to the occasion. From classic sandwiches to those made from waffles, tortillas, and bagels, beat the summer heat with the kid-approved recipes.
1. Turkey Wraps
Light and tasty turkey wraps are perfect at lunchtime, or you can slice them up and serve them as an evening snack. Roll in some fresh vegetables like avocados, tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers to boost the nutritional content of the sandwich. You can use traditional mayonnaise, or pesto as a healthy alternative. Serve the wrap with crackers, cheese, and a glass of freshly blended fruit juice.
2. Chicken Bacon Wraps
Before you throw out last night’s chicken, use the leftovers to make a tasty wrap for your next lunch or dinner. Shredded chicken, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, crumbled bacon, iceberg lettuce, and ranch dressing form the tasty insides, and spinach tortilla holds it all together. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your kids’ tastes. For instance, you can use lots of fresh herbs or smoked bacon to create different flavors.
3. Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Ditch the high-calorie syrup on your kids’ waffles and make them a savory treat instead. Spread Dijon mustard on one side of each waffle and layer with a slice of cheese, tomatoes and two slices of ham. Bake in the oven for ten minutes or until the cheese melts. If you’re not in the mood to cook waffles, you can prepare plain bread in the waffle iron for a few minutes until they look like waffles.
4. Hawaiian Delight Muffin
Pineapples, tomatoes, bacon, mozzarella, and teriyaki sauce between a whole wheat English muffin are absolute heaven. Mix it up with smoky bacon or fresh herbs if you wish. This filling sandwich is perfect for a summer picnic. Serve with a fruit salad or cheese and crackers.
5. Chicken Salad Sandwich
You can serve your chicken salad on a bed of lettuce or between two slices of toasted bread. Use mayonnaise and sour cream mixed with chopped herbs as a kid-friendly dressing for your shredded chicken. Tomatoes, red grapes, pecans, and dried cranberry add texture and a delightful summer flavor to any chicken salad.
6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancake Sandwiches
Not your ordinary peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this one is made from plain pancakes to complement the strawberry jelly and peanut butter. There are so many ways to customize this meal. For instance, almond butter or Nutella are two alternatives to peanut butter. Chunky strawberry preserves make a rich and textured filled. You can sprinkle on some chopped nuts and cinnamon for added texture and flavor.
7. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls
Here’s another way for children to enjoy traditional peanut butter and jelly. Inspired by Japanese maki rolls, it’s the perfect meal for “grown up” kids. With three simple ingredients, you can serve up these elegant rolls in less than ten minutes. Remove the crust from the bread, flatten with a rolling pin, spread peanut butter and jelly, and roll up. Cut into 3 to 4 parts and serve.
8. Avocado Egg Burrito
Liven up the breakfast table with an avocado egg burrito. Scrambled eggs and bacon can get boring after a while. But when you pile them into a flour tortilla and top with salsa and avocado, it makes an enormous difference. After your first taste, you’ll want to make these burritos a regular part of your breakfast routine.
9. Chicken Mango Tacos
Nothing says summer like slices of grilled chicken topped with tropical mango salsa inside a crispy taco shell. Mix the chopped mango with red onions, lime juice, salt, pepper, scallion and other fresh herbs. You can also add minced jalapeno if your children enjoy the slightly spicy flavor.
10. Pizza Quesadillas
Kids love pizza, so they’ll take a definite liking to pizza quesadillas. Warm mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni sandwiched between two crispy tortillas; there’s no better way to enjoy the summer.
Make it your mission to serve fun and tasty sandwiches this summer. The healthy sandwich suggestions posted above will give you a head start.