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One of the most fun parts about being a mom is making school lunches. It can also be one of the most frustrating. One day you feel inspired and creative, making meals you can’t wait for your kid to find in hislunch box; the next day you’re banging your head against the wall because you feel like a failure for preparing the same boring thing day after day.

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One of the things I find kids love most about the surprise of opening their lunch box isn’t just how the food will taste, but also how pleasing it is to their eye. Just making everything look good can have a big effect on your kid’s excitement level. I always try and pay attention to how Kenya and Chloe’s lunch will look to them the first time they see it. 

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As many of you know, I’m a major fan of the Planet Box lunchbox because it has several compartments, each of which you can fill with a different culinary treasure for your little one. But you don’t need a cool lunch box to make a good impression. For example, I love giving Chloe sandwiches, especially healthy tuna fish sandwiches, but let’s face it, after a few days even sandwiches can quickly lose their appeal. Still, I think it’s a wholesome school lunch, so I thought of ways to put a cool visual spin on the same old same old. Sushi Sandwiches from weelicious.comPin

The result was these “sushi” sandwiches. They are a fun take on a tuna sandwich crossed with a sushi roll (don’t worry, there’s nothing raw here). All you do is flatten your bread, fill it with healthy tuna fish salad, roll it up and then cut it into individual bites. It’s not only delicious, but an exciting treat that will impress your kids, be fun for them to eat and hopefully inspire you to keep thinking outside of the box — the school lunch box, that is!


Tuna Salad “Sushi” Sandwiches

When you want the simplicity of making a sandwich but with a more exciting look, Sushi Sandwiches are the ticket.
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 pieces whole wheat sandwich bread
  • 1 can Tuna (I use albacore in water)
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (plus more for spreading on the bread)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cucumber, cut into long, thin sticks
  • 1 carrot, grated


  • Cut the crusts off of each slice of bread and roll out as thin as possible with a rolling pin.
  • Place the tuna, capers, mayonnaise and dijon mustard in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place the long side of the rolled out bread closest to you.
  • Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each slice of rolled out bread.
  • Thinly spread 1/3 of the tuna mixture onto half of the bread lengthwise.
  • On top of the tuna mixture, arrange some of the cucumber sticks and grated carrot making sure not too over stuff the roll (a little goes a long way).
  • Starting at the side closest to you (the filled end) tightly roll the tuna/cucumber/carrot mixture up and press to seal into a roll (I dab a bit of mayonnaise across the end of the roll to act as a glue sealing the roll).
  • Cut the roll into 4 even pieces and repeat with remaining bread and tuna mixture.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 470mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g
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Catherine is a 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. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. How many pieces are in one serving size? Is it one roll, or is the entire recipe made fo 1 serving?

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  5. what a great idea! We do sushi on Christmas eve.. now I can make something for my daughter that will look the same, but be what she likes! 🙂

  6. I would love to make this for my daughter! We are a vegetarian household so I cant do the tuna but she loves cream cheese and avocado sandwiches…is there a way to include avocado slices without them turning brown through the day? This is an awesome idea for making a sandwich visually appealing and fun!

  7. While some tuna contains more mercury than others (such as solid white albacore) it’s safe in moderation. You wouldn’t want to feed your child a fish like swordfish often, if at all, because of the significantly higher levels of mercury. Canned salmon is a great recommendation – I’ve tried making these with canned chicken and I don’t know why the salmon didn’t occur to me before, haha! My daughter requests these often and I have to admit it… I’ve packed these in my own brown bag lunch before. 😀

  8. I’m afraid to use tuna with my kids. Could you talk about why the mercury in tuna doesn’t stop you from feeding to your children? Just curious…I don’t know if I’m being overly cautious by banning it altogether. Thanks!

  9. LOVE IT! You are so clever – way to go! These would be great for a birthday or Halloween party as well.
    Thank you!

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