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10 Best Back to School Sandwich Recipes

The signs have been around for several weeks now_ more traffic on the roads, moms bustling around super stores with their carts full of backpacks and pens, even the slight change in parents' overall demeanor. Back to school has definitely arrived.

I always find this time of year such a mixed bag of emotions for adults and kids alike. The end of summer brings with it some sadness, but there is also the excitement of returning to familiar friends and routines.

On the sad side, those long summer days of not having to so fastidiously plan the next meal are noticeably gone too, and you have to start wrapping your head around planning your kids' school lunch every day. But don't despair! You need not feel doomed to the fate of having to always packing the same ol' thing. Here are a few of my favorite simple sandwich recipes from the past few years that my kids still demand that I put in their lunch boxes.


Egg Pesto Melt and how to make them!


Banana Dog Bites and how to make them!


Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancake Sandwich


Banana Cream Cheese Sammie


Bagel Pesto Panini


Elvis Panini


Cucumber Cream Cheese Sammie


PB&J Banana Panini


Pizza Pinwheels and how to make them!


Chicken Caesar Wrap



The World's Greatest PB&J

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Maryea Happy Healthy Mama

    I love all these fun ideas!

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  • Ruth

    Today was BBQ pork on a Hawaiian roll. Tomorrow, the always popular pb&j pancake Sammie! Maybe pizza rolls or turkey tacos this week too. School lunch definitely doesn't have to be boring! Thanks for the great ideas Weelicious!

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  • Alicia Hackney

    Great ideas but just wanted to point out that most schools are nut free. Would love to see some more PB alternatives!

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    • Catherine

      Sunflower butter is a great peanut butter alternative!

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  • Jennifer

    Replace the peanut butter with the alternative of your choice!

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  • Abigail M.

    Hey, I love the ideas but I was curious, do you serve the hot sandwiches cold or do you pack them in a thermos or other container to keep them warm? I have a hard time believing those sandwiches are good cold.

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    • Catherine

      I let them cool completely before packing in the lunch box, pack an ice pack in lunch, and everything is eaten at room temperature!

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  • Juliette

    We used to substitute soy butter for peanut butter and it worked well... until the school banned the substitutes too... apparently allergic kids saw the butter and freaked out and it caused \"panic\". Sigh. It was good while it lasted.

    Would like to hear more about the hot sandwiches too!

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  • Sandy

    Love the idea of a panini, but according to my daughter, anything toasted/grilled ends up soggy. I usually let it cool off before I put it in her sandwich container, but even still, it is never as good as 'hot off the press'. Anyone have any suggestions, or feedback on this?

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    • Sandy

      I should clarify the 'soggy' ... not super wet, but just 'humid' and not crisp, if that makes any sense????

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    • Catherine

      It is true that paninis will be different in school lunch than right after they've been cooked. I let it cool completely before packing and don't have a problem with it getting soggy! You could try wrapping it in foil to keep it warm, although that might make it more soggy.

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  • Beth

    yep - wondering if you serve those cold as well. how well do they do in a lunch box after a few hours ? also wondering how well that banana dog would hold up or if it would get brown and mushed up in a lunch box. Love the ideas though. Worth trying to see.

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  • Andrea Wells

    Love some of these ideas and if I could put one of my own in....finely chop some cooked chicken breast mix with sweetcorn and mayo and crispy bacon bits if liked then spread over either bread or cold pancake, cut up how they like it...add a few little cherry tomatoes and seedless grapes to eat with it.
    At home I add lettuce leaves before rolling pancake/crepe but this tends to go soggy so not ideal for p/lunch.

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  • 1gbmommy

    YUM!

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  • Cori Dasinger

    We use sunflower seed butter as an alternative to peanut butter. It's allowed at schools and tastes delicious!

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  • Christene

    Wow. Nut free schools? Glad I am in Europe. That would annoy me.

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    • Deanna

      You are very lucky!! Everything is nut free in Canada now - playgroups, schools, camps, everything. It can be annoying but I get it.

      How do your schools, etc handle nut allergies?

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  • Bing

    Love your ideas! Thank you!

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  • Jenny

    I love these ideas but my kids won't eat any of this. I agree they would think the bread is soggy and bananas have to be just right. I don't blame them i am kind of the same way. Maybe it is my fault. My 9 year old just started eating bread otherwise everything has always be deconstructed. It is hard when a kid won't eat a sandwich ever! I love your ideas but it would be great maybe for some more basic type of things. Maybe i could deconstruct the sandwhiches. Hmmmm. It is hard my kids eat a lot of great food but plain plain plain. They like no sauces or flavors and lots of protein. I love your blog just wish my kids we less picky about consistency and how food looks.

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  • Brandy

    It is time for me to try some of these sandwiches again now that my toddler is more adventurous. I certainly want to try them! There's no lunch at his nursery school (mornings for just 2 hrs), but we love to pack a lunch & picnic at the park or zoo about once a week. Your site continues to be our favorite go-to recipe finder for the whole family. I'm so grateful for it (& the pre-ordered book!) Many thanks Catherine!

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  • Kari

    I love the idea of the banana tortilla with peanut butter. I think it would hold up great. You can even leave out the banana and just have a peanut butter tortilla wrap. I would eat these all the time when I had the metabolism of a 20 year old. They are especially yummy if you warm them in the microwave.! Maybe raisins instead of bananas.

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  • Lisa With Style And Grace

    These are GREAT ideas!! Definitely taking note of these for future sandwich eating :)

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Such fun ideas! I'll be testing them on my niece and nephews this fall!

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  • Crazy Kwistin

    I love these!! I just told the hubster I want to be super mom and make my girl cute little sammiches for school. This is perfect. OMG waffles, brilliant. I'm going to make these for me too :) yum!!!

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  • Jane

    We're in Canada, and neither my daughter's preschool or daycare is nut free. Thank God! Also, I'm a teacher, and my school isn't nut free. If a child has a nut allergy and isn't comfortable in his classroom at lunch time because of possible nuts around, he could eat in another part of the classroom or in the hall. If it's an extreme allergy, then just that classroom has to be nut free.

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    • Debi

      Thats mean to even suggest that a child should be forced to sit alone in the hall because of something beyond their control. We shouldn't make them feel different, but instead be a little self-sacrificing and go nut free. It's only for 6 hours. You've got nothing to lose and a child's heart to gain.

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  • Vania

    my daughter doesn't like ham and cheese sandwiches or pb&J's. but she likes cucumbers...I made her the cucumber cream cheese sammie for lunch today...she loved it!

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  • Snehal

    I need good recipes ,some with chicken and vegetables for my toddler baby

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  • Laura

    I love your blog but would like some lunch ideas that taste good after being packed for a few hours and also nut free choices as my childrens school is a nut fre zone do to allergies,thank you

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    • Catherine

      Check out my Facebook page! I post a photos of my son's school lunch every day! These are the actual foods that we pack in his lunch box and he eats at school. He is currently in a nut-free class so the most recent photos are nut-free! I have 4 different school lunch albums on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151207269101609.495197.248062301608&type=3

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  • Ambalika Gupta

    I am tied of my son's excuses for not eating n hope u can help me with it.

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  • Mel

    it would be really good if you had a google plus page

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    • Catherine

      I do have one! https://plus.google.com/b/105362623938943108756/

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  • Angie

    Those banana dog bites look so cute. All the sandwiches look amazing!

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