Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Packing with a twist on Sandwiches

UFOs for lunch box sandwiches

Making Sandwiches for Back to School

Although I know many states have been back to school for a while, in the northeast (most of us anyway) are JUST wrapping up the summer and starting to think about getting everyone on to the school buses & back in the classrooms again.  I don’t know about your household, but each one of my kids has had varying taste buds & a list of ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ for what is acceptable & what is not in the lunch box.  My youngest, the pickiest of the three, doesn’t like crust.  She has pressed me to become more and more creative with foods.  So, why not take the regular old sandwich, get rid of the crust and turn it into a UFO with a surprise in the middle?  

What makes it a UFO? We actually ditched the regular sandwich combos in creating this sandwich alternative.  The center is actually unidentifiable from the outside with a healthy & delicious surprise in the middle making it a suitable UFO (with the goal that they eat them vs. fly them across the lunch room).

Even better?  These little sandwiches can be made the night before so that lunch packing & getting out the door the next day is super easy & can be done at the speed of light; or so you can pretend.

You can grab all three of our favorite combinations below along with how-to directions & a quick video clip!

Sandwiches turned UFO’s by Jodie Fitz

Honey wheat bread

Roll the bread flat with a rolling pin. Using a large circle cookie cutter cut a circle into the bread. You will need two slices per UFO. Follow the combinations below for the filling. Start by spreading either the peanut butter or the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of one round slice leaving approximately a ¼ inch from the edge plain. Add the other slice to the top. Using a fork, go around the two edges pressing them together to seal the sandwich pocket.

UFOs for lunch box sandwiches

UFO Fillings:

2 tablespoons Price Chopper Peanut butter

1 tablespoon Price Chopper Honey

Banana slices, thin

Price Chopper Cinnamon

Mix the peanut butter & honey together to use as a spread. Sprinkle cinnamon on to the banana slices. You will use approximately 3 slices per UFO. This peanut butter mixture should make three UFO sandwiches.

2 tablespoons Price Chopper Peanut butter

1 tablespoon Price Chopper Honey

Apple sliced & diced, thin

Price Chopper Cinnamon

Mix the peanut butter & honey together to use as a spread. Sprinkle cinnamon on to the apple pieces. This peanut butter mixture should make three UFO sandwiches.

2 tablespoons Price Chopper whipped cream cheese

1-tablespoon yogurt based ranch dressing

1 tablespoon finely shredded or chopped carrots

Cucumber, sliced thin

Mix the whipped cream cheese, ranch dressing and chopped carrots together to create the spread. Spread it onto the bread & top with 1 – 3 cucumbers depending on the thickness.

 

10 Comments on “Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Packing with a twist on Sandwiches”

  1. What a great idea…Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.
    Joyously,
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner Co-Hostess at Katherines Corner

  2. These are great! I buy Uncrustables for hiking trips but these would be so much healthier (and cheaper). Thanks so much for the idea! Glad to have you at Inspiration Thursday. Hope to see you again this week!

    1. Thank you!! I like them better than uncrustables because you can control the ingredients :)….

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