Monday, August 26, 2013

Back To School Lunch Box Ideas with Kraft {#KraftRecipes}

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With fall right around the corner and the return back to school quickly approaching, I find myself feeling a mixture of anticipation and dread.

Anticipation because the excitement that my kids have for getting to be back with their friends and focusing on their love of learning is contagious.

Dread, however, over the fact I know that I'm going to miss their little faces every day... and that I have to pack their lunches. I'm not the only one who looks at a child's lunch box and silently curses it, right? Why is it so difficult to come up with something nutritious and filling that they will happily eat?

This is why this year I am determined to not leave things to the last minute, only to find myself scrambling to throw something together every weekday morning. Instead, I've been happily browsing through the wide selection of recipes, ingredients and more at KraftRecipes.com to get a few new sandwich recipes and other ideas.

Upon stumbling on the Polka Dot Sandwich, I hardly was finished reading the ingredients to my kids before they were enthusiastically nodding their heads!

Polka Dot Sandwich

Both of my girls tend to stick with the classic peanut butter and jelly, so as soon as I saw that this sandwich combines a little sweet, a little chewy and a whole lot of flavor, I was reaching for my loaf of bread to try it out.

Polka Dot Sandwich

Ingredients

2 slices whole wheat bread
2 tbsp PHILADELPHIA Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread
9 banana slices (about ½ of a medium banana)
1 tbsp raisins

sandwich ingredients

Directions

Spread both slices of bread with cream cheese spread.

Top one bread slice with bananas in three rows of three slices each. Sprinkle remaining bread slice with raisins; press gently into cream cheese to secure.

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Close sandwich to serve. Enjoy!

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As suspected, my girls were thrilled with this new sandwich option and have both declared it a must-have for school lunches (and beyond).

In fact, we've already been discussing variations that we would like to attempt, for instance, using regular PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread and strawberries or replacing the banana with slices of nectarine. The options are endless!

This season, be sure to browse the large number of recipes available at KraftRecipes.com to find a huge selection of snack and sandwich ideas that are creative, delicious, fun and perfect for enjoying at home or in a lunch box.

This post is a part of a partnered campaign with Kraft Foods, however, all thoughts and opinions shared are honest and my own.

24 comments:

Karen Glatt said...

I like the Polka Dot sandwich because it is very healthy and I am glad that it uses whole wheat bread. I will have to make this for lunch. Thanks for recipe!

Tammy Woodall said...

I love the idea of the "Polka Dot Sandwich".... For myself, I like the fact that it is healthy, but the kids will love it because its different and "kool". Thanks for the receipe/info.

alissa apel said...

That looks like a super fun lunch! I love packing lunches for my kiddos.

Tiffany Schmidt said...

I love recipes for kids that are fun sounding and good for them. Thank you for this one!

Elizabeth Boese said...

Your girls are such good eaters! Looks so tasty. Would love to try with blueberries, too.

Maria Iemma said...

The polka dot sandwiches are such a clever idea. I know my granddaughter would love it. Thanks for sharing...

slehan said...

Names of things are very important and calling this the polka dot sandwich makes it very fun.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

Such a cute sandwich--amost too cute to eat =D

freddie said...

This sandwich sounds amazing. I can think of a lot of ways to make it too. Which is why it's a great sandwich. I have five grandchildren with five different tastes.

Gala said...

I love the idea of the "Polka Dot Sandwich", healthy, tasty and fun - what not to like

Jean Brinkley said...

Very creative! My youngest will love this; My oldest will ask me if I'm trying to poison her. I like that this recipe bends the rules for typical sandwich ingredients a little (raisins).

Jean Brinkley said...

Very creative! My youngest will love this; My oldest will ask me if I'm trying to poison her. I like that this recipe bends the rules for typical sandwich ingredients a little (raisins).

Teresa Koedyker said...

Thank you for all your great ideas. Can't wait to try them.

cheryl lister said...

Cute idea for a sandwich. For my own preference, though, I'd probably go with peanut butter in place of the cream cheese.

Todd Lovessweeps said...

Thanks for the great lunch ideas - these look very nutritious.

CSeppala said...

This sounds so good and very healthy too. I'm going to make this for my kids next week. Thanks for the recipe! : )

Ari T said...

I've never tried cream cheese as a spread for sandwiches, but I'm sure it's delicious! I can just imagine the possible fruit that can be added along with bananas to the sandwich. I'm glad your girls enjoy the raisins and the bananas!

Rose-Marie said...

this sounds good! One time a person from Turkey made me a sandwich of dates and cream cheese, it was awesome and after that I had it all the time! this recipe reminds me of it, and cream cheese in a sandwich should happen more often (and raisins, too!) or dates!

Todd Lovessweeps said...

Really great ideas for lunches - may give them a try

Anne said...

I don't have to pack lunches but that doesn't mean I don't have to MAKE lunches! I love the idea for this sandwich, even for adults. It's certainly different, and something I wouldn't have thought of myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rebecca Parsons said...

This is really neat and it looks good too. I never heard of putting raisins on a sandwich but I know kids would like it so why not.

bxcrochet said...

my nephew would love that

flairshare said...

I am not a big cream cheese person but it does sound good. My husband would probably love it though.

Shannon said...

These sound like yummy sandwiches, thank you for sharing with us.