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Surprising Sandwiches for Kids

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We're on the home stretch when it comes to packing lunches. But that doesn't mean the sandwich orders stop. There's camp, trips to the park and coolers for the beach to fill. Here are a few '?? fun'? sandwiches that will make the kids smile and add a little surprise for them when they open they lunch.

How about the sandwich on the stick. A fun way to get your picky eater to get try something new.

Sandwich on a Stick:

Ingredients
bread
cheese
lunch meat
grape tomatoes
lettuce
pickles
olive

Instructions
Cut up cubes of bread, cheese, and lunch meat (we ordered 1/2-inch-thick slices of ham and turkey at the deli counter).
Slide the cubes onto a skewer with other foods your child likes, such as a grape tomato, a piece of lettuce, a pickle, or an olive.
Set out a side of mayo or mustard for dipping.

Your kids like bagels?? Also their favorite sandwich is peanut butter and jelly? Combine the two and toast it. The kids will say '?? yes, please'?

Baby PB&J bagel sandwich:

Ingredients
6 mini bagels, split
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
6 teaspoons strawberry or grape jelly
1 tablespoon butter, melted

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Preparation
1. Spread peanut butter evenly on cut sides of bottom halves of bagels; spread jelly evenly on cut sides of top halves of bagels. Place top halves of bagels on bottom halves, jelly sides down.
2. Brush bagels lightly with melted butter; cook in a preheated panini press 2 minutes or until lightly browned and grill marks appear. Serve immediately.
Note: Sandwiches may also be cooked in a grill pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and grill marks appear.

Now, my favorite out of all the choice was the grilled cheese on a waffle. Take a classic and turn into an updated version.

Grilled Ham and Cheese on a Waffle:

Ingredients
8 frozen toaster waffles
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)
1/2 pound sliced deli ham
1/4 pound Cheddar, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Preparation
Place 4 of the waffles on a work surface. Spread one side of each with the mustard (if using). Top with the ham, cheese, and the remaining waffles. Spread the top of each sandwich with 1/2 tablespoon of the butter. Melt the remaining butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwiches in the skillet, buttered-side up. Cook, pressing occasionally with the back of a spatula, until the cheese melts and the waffles are golden, 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

I hope the kids enjoy they field trips, days that the park or during their play dates. You will a hit with the mommy and me groups as well.

Happy eating!

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