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By Thea Theresa English

Fun sandwiches your kids will enjoy

It is the weekend and your pantry is running low but you have adequate staples to create delicious sandwiches for the kids in place of the usual big meal. You know your kids can be picky eaters but they enjoy hearty sandwiches. They get bored with the same old ham and cheese sandwiches but one of the kids hates peanut butter. Here are some creative ideas for sandwiches that the kids will surely like:

Banana and cream cheese sandwiches

In a food processor, slightly pulse two bananas then remove from the food processor. Take a few slices of toasted wheat bread and spread cream cheese on them. Drizzle honey on the slices then add the bananas and diced strawberries. Top with remaining toasts. This makes for a healthy dessert or afternoon snack.

Salmon sandwiches

For the kid who loves seafood, you can prepare delicious salmon sandwiches. Take one slice of toasted white bread and spread herbed mayonnaise on it. Add a few teaspoons of seasoned canned salmon along with a few pieces of fresh spinach, salt and pepper. Top with the remaining slice. Salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are healthy for kids.

Turkey and cheddar cheese sandwiches

On one slice of bread put Dijon mustard and mayonnaise. Then place five to six thin slices of turkey, one tomato slice, two slices of cheddar cheese and slices of red onions. Top with the second slice of bread. Turkey gives your child the adequate protein he needs and the tomatoes and onions provide his vegetable intake.

Meatball and pepper sandwiches

On one slice of toasted French bread, spread mayonnaise and then put hot meatballs, small amount of tomato sauce and green bell peppers. Then add two to three slices of mozzarella and some white pepper. Top with the remaining slice of bread. This is a good alternative to spaghetti with meatballs.

Grilled tomato cheese sandwiches

Take two slices of wheat bread and add two slices of American cheese, diced tomatoes, onions and spinach. Then add the second slice of bread and place the sandwich in a greased skillet. Brown for five minutes on both sides and serve.

Waffle sandwiches with bacon and peanut butter

In between two waffles place two to three slices of cooked bacon, a teaspoon of peanut butter, three teaspoons of honey and a dash of crushed red pepper. Cut the waffle sandwich in half and serve.

Roast beef and shredded carrot sandwiches

On a toasted slice of rye bread place six thin slices of roast beef, a few spoonfuls of hot brown gravy, a third cup each of shredded carrots and lettuce, caramelized onions and some salt and pepper. Top with the second slice of bread, cut diagonally and serve with sweet potato fries.

These sandwich recipes offer a variety of flavors for your kids and they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And remember, you can also modify the recipes to make them healthier.

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