Quick & easy recipes that your kids can make for lunch this summer

Kids and Summer

Summer break can feel like everything but a break!

Whether the kids are home or at day camp or summer school you’re going to need to find your quick go-to recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and yes, even snack time. Whether you’re packing it up or serving it at the table this summer, here are 5 easy kid-friendly recipes to add to your list.

Banana Bites

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Banana Bites

 

Not only are Banana Bites easy to make they are delicious and fun. This recipe has the perfect peanut butter to banana ratio and fits seamlessly into our Wonder® 100% Whole Wheat 10" Wraps then into a Bento lunchbox. If the kids can't have peanut butter, no worries; substitute with tahini, granola butter, or sunflower butter, and you're good to go!

Check out the full recipe here

Club Sandwich for Kids

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Club Sandwich

 

Classics are always great but yet another meat and cheese sandwich can get boring day in and out. This club sandwich recipe, on top of our Wonder® White or 100% Whole Wheat Bread has a bit of a twist and will keep your kids returning for more. Instead of using the classic mustard and mayo condiments, have you tried hummus? It adds great flavour. 

Check out the full recipe here

Classic Egg Salad Sandwiches

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Avocado Egg Salad

 

If you weren’t able to get eggs on the table for breakfast, no worries. A quick egg salad sandwich using just a few ingredients you already have in the fridge and pantry is an easy win for both the kiddos’ and you! Save even more time the day of by prepping your egg salad the night before and if they’re old enough, they can build their sandwiches the next morning while you work through the other ten things on the list.

Check out this classic recipe featuring Wonder® White or Whole Wheat Bread, here.

Easy Cream Cheese and Jam Sealed Sammies

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Cream Cheese and Jam Sammies

Nothing is better than a sweet and savoury combination to satisfy the need for a quick snack at home or on the go. To make sandwich making even more fun, buy a sandwich sealer cutter or use a cookie cutter that the kids already love. The Sandwich cutter will keep the kids away from the sharp knives while making their food look fun and even more enjoyable.

Click here for this easy 10-minute recipe featuring Wonder® 100% Whole Wheat Texas Toast.

Salami Sandwich with Cream Cheese

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Salami Cream Cheese

 

Nothing says childhood lunchtime memories like a salami and cheese sandwich. If you loved salami sandwiches growing up, you must make this kid-friendly lunch recipe. Substitute regular sliced cheese with cream cheese; add a little green onion and dill for some flair. This delicious salami sandwich is sure to have the kids asking for more.

Check out the full recipe here

Tips & Tricks

  1. Make packing lunches fun

If your kids are in summer camp programs and need to bring their lunch, organize them by having them help make their lunch the night before. Not only does this save you from the morning madness, but it also prevents you from being late and rushing out the door every morning. Bento boxes are a great way to get your kids excited about making their lunch, and having everything in one container is straightforward. Need some inspiration? Check out these easy recipes for finger sandwiches that you and the kids can choose from to plan lunches for the upcoming week.

  1. Sunday – Set and Prep

As terrifying as the Sunday Scaries can be, we want to help you make the most of your weekends, so Mondays aren't as daunting. Setting aside a few hours on Sunday to get organized for the week may help make the week ahead feel a little less intimidating, especially with our meal planner. If you have recently been feeling uninspired or lacking creativity in the kitchen, get your kids to pick their top 5 favourite sandwich recipes—something new for every day of the week. Have them create a grocery list based on the recipes they choose and take them on a trip to the grocery store. Getting your kids involved in the lunchtime process is a great learning tool, but it also helps them appreciate all you do.

  1. Are you running short on time?

Every day is busy, no matter what. Plans can change at the last minute, and you can get stuck in a situation you weren't expecting. Having your kids at home this summer or being prepared when they come home from camp will help alleviate the stress on you and them.

An easy parent hack is to have a few pre-packaged, freshly chopped snacks ready and waiting for them in the fridge or pantry to grab when they get home. Hopefully, this tip will keep your virtual call interruptions to a minimum! If your work day is running longer than expected, try any of our kid-friendly recipes that can be ready in 20 minutes or less.

Whether you're spending your summer working, travelling, or up at the cottage, we want to ensure you have all lunchtime needs covered. Summer is short and goes by in the blink of an eye. These tips and tricks above will keep the guessing game to a minimum so you can spend your free time relaxing.

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