This is a question/topic that has been circulating on social networks in the last couple of weeks as parents are getting ready for a new school year – and others trying to eat healthily and save money by not buying lunch (every day).
If you are running out of ideas or out of time in the morning, these freezable sandwiches could be the solution.
Make them in advance, with the filling and then freeze, take out in the morning to slowly defrost in your lunchbox. For these extra hot days, fill a small water bottle ¾ with water and stick in the freezer the night before. Top up in the morning to have a cool drink whenever you need one and keep your lunch cool at the same time!
- Buy fresh bread or freeze as soon as you get home – the fresher the better
- Wholemeal bread holds all fillings much better than white toast. The darker the bread the better
- Flatbreads like tortillas or Lebanese freeze very well, but add a fair few carbs to your lunch
- To avoid sogginess, spread/place a barrier of anything with fat in it straight on the bread
Here is a list of ideas that are hopefully an inspiration
- Liverwurst and sour gherkins
- Ham and cheese
- Cream cheese, salmon and capers
- Tuna and pieces of gherkins or capers – majo as a barrier
- Tuna, corn and mustard (butter the bread)
- Hummus (butter the bread)
- Vegemite and Cheese
- Ham and pickles (ham against bread, pickles in the middle)
- Camembert, any red jam
- Cooked hamburger patties with mustard
- Peanut butter and banana
- Peanut butter and honey
- And our kids favourite: schnitzel, majo, tomato sauce and ham (and maybe even a slice of cheese)
Some of the classic sandwich fillings don’t freeze well, like
- Cottage cheese
- Anything low fat
So if you like them on your sandwich, make sure you take them with you fresh or place them in the sandwich as soon as you take it out of the freezer.
In our family, because we are German, we have what we call ‘proper breakfast’. Not cereal with milk, but crusty (often home baked) bread with a variety of toppings, including sliced meats, lots of cheeses, homemade jams (hubby makes these) honey, cream cheese, smoked salmon…. And because all these items are out on the table in the morning the kids have been making their own lunches since they started year 2 at school.