|Knit sandwich (and pattern!) found here|
So, I thought I would try something different. On the quest for a sandwich that more than one child will like, that is NOT soynut butter and jelly, I'm going to try a couple of different strategies.
Strategy One: Make Cute Food
The idea here is that the kids will be so excited by how adorable their sandwich is, they'll try eating it no matter what I put in it.
Strategy Two: Disguise sandwich as some other food they like
Strategy three: Normal looking sandwich, but experiment with different ingredients
For the first day of my sandwich spree, I made sandwiches for lunch and dinner, and tried out strategies one and two.
Lunch: LadyBug Sandwich (idea found here)
Using a circular cookie cutter, I cut the bread and a slice of cheese in to circles. Cut the cheese in half, use the cookie cutter to cut a semi-circle out of the top of the cheese, and a straw to poke the holes for ladybug spots.
I used pepperoni for antennae and legs, and a marshmallow/raisin combo for the eyes.
You could fill the sandwich with anything. A friend told me the other day that her daughter loves hummus sandwiches. I happen to have a large tub of Costco hummus in my fridge, and it is a good source of protein, so I thought it was worth a try.
#2 also loves pepperoni, and since I was cutting it up for the legs, I went ahead and put some in her sandwich too.
Here is the final look:
And the verdict:
#2 LOVED her sandwich. She loved the ladybug, she loved the hummus and pepperoni, and she was even excited about the marshmallow eyes. #3 and #4 both liked the ladybug...but only ate the cheese.
Dinner: Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese (idea found here)
I haven't had much luck with #3 and #4 eating grilled cheese. I don't know why. It's warm, toasty, grilled yumminess with melted cheese inside...what's not to love??? For whatever reason, they just don't go for it, but they like waffles. So when I saw this idea, I thought, "Why not?"
These are super simple. Warm up waffle iron, spray thoroughly with cooking spray, put sandwich in, close, and open again in about 2 mins, or when you hear cheese sizzling.
I served the grilled (waffled?) cheese with carrots and hummus. The carrots and hummus were a big hit, but the sandwich?
Pretty much the same as lunch. #2 loved it, # 3 and 4 wouldn't eat it. In fact, #3 was very upset with me for giving her something that looked like a waffle, but wasn't.
Another observation: #2 is the lead culprit in the anti-crust routine, but she ate every bite of the waffle sandwich!
Tomorrow: More sandwiches! More experiments! More thumbs!