British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of one of our most iconic British culinary inventions, and here at Learn Play grow we’re very keen to embrace the sandwich as part of a healthy lifestyle. Little ones all love to eat sandwiches – with or without the crusts cut off – so we thought we’d celebrate British Sandwich Week with a selection of sarnies that everyone will love.
It’s also National Vegetarian Week so we’ve got a couple of delicious veggie sandwiches to tempt the palate.
In Britain alone we buy over 3.5 billion sandwiches a year, and manufacturers and retailers across the UK are running special promotions and promoting new ranges which could be worth looking out for. Although shop bought snacks can be tasty, a home-made sandwich is a better option, because you know exactly how fresh it is and what’s in it!
Carrot and raisin sandwich
Kids LOVE anything sweet and you can indulge their sweet tooth with something that’s packed with nutrition as well as being super tasty.
Grate a carrot and add raisins, olive oil, a tbsp chopped mint and a dash of white wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Spread slices of the bread with hummus and top with the carrot mixture.
Cheese and apple
Also makes the most of kids’ love for sweet things and is a tasty veggie sandwich option for adults too.
Mix their favourite grated hard cheese with grated apple, some chopped spring onions, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little mayonnaise. It’s so simple but so delicious.
And a couple of non-vegetarian sandwiches your little ones will love.
Pesto chicken wrap
Pesto is a strong flavour, but mixing it into mayo and introducing it to kids with milder flavours like chicken and Edam is one way of getting young palates familiar with different tastes.
Mix shredded chicken breast with plain yogurt or mayonnaise and pesto. Lay a slice of the cheese on each wrap, add the chicken mixture, lettuce and a few sweetcorn kernels. Wrap and roll each one and serve!
Healthy club sandwich
Always a favourite, this healthy version of the classic is guaranteed to be a hit. Mix soft cheese with grated carrot and spread onto slices of toasted bread. Top with lettuce, cucumber and tomato and then a plain slice. Add two grilled bacon rashers to each stack and top the sandwiches with the rest of the cheesy mixture-spread toast, with the cheesy side down. Push a cocktail stick into each side of the sandwich to keep everything in place (but remember to tell the kids when you serve it). Serve and enjoy.
What are your kids’ favourite sandwiches?