Over the years I’ve tried to be creative with kids lunches to keep things relatively fun & interesting when school started and before. I used to look after some littles along with my kids so I was able to experiment with recipes on all of them. These sammy’s and snacks on a stick have taken various shapes and forms over the years, and always been well received.
Pick up packages of wooden skewers from the dollar store and cut them to size – smaller for small hands and lunch boxes. You can also cut the tips off the skewer if you are concerned about the safety factor.
Next add your favourite ingredients to the skewer until it is full and you are ready to eat. Or if it’s going into a lunch or on a picnic, wrap it with Saran wrap to keep it fresh. The great thing about Sammy’s On A Stick is you can make them to suit your kids tastes. When I’m serving this for lunch at home, I tend to make them bigger. The kids LOVE to eat stick food this way and we love that they eat a good variety of items without hesitation.
Besides Sammy’s on a Stick we’ve also tried:
Sausage/Pepperoni & Cheese on a stick
Fruit on a stick (ie fruit salad)
Veggies (carrot & cucumber) on a stick
Pre-cooked cheese tortellini on a stick, served with a container marinara dipping sauce
Muffin chunks or cinnamon bagels/cream cheese with strawberries
Here are some ingredient ideas:
- Any kind of bread, cheese buns, croissant, bagel, thicker sliced bread (raisin bread)
- Deli meat or leftover over roast beef, chicken, turkey, ham cut into cubes or folded up
- Hard cheese cut up into cubes, cheese sticks cut up, mini bocconcini balls
- Vegetables: lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber cubes, carrot coins, celery slices, pepper wedges to name a few.
- Fruit, apple works well
- Pickles or olives, just ensure you keep them away from the bread so you do not end up with soggy bread!
These are some of the simpler ideas. Be adventurous and create your own combination!