Back to school with Villaggio

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The phrase “Back to school” brings with it a bag of mixed feelings, no matter who you are. For kids, it signals the end of summer. No more late nights on the couch with movies and popcorn, and worst of all no more sleeping in after those late nights. For parents, it also signals the end of summer, and tragically (at least for me) means that sleeping in is also off the table for us.

It also leaves many of us with an even bigger problem than sleepy eyes and snooze buttons. What can I feed a growing 9-year-old boy that he will eat without giving me the evil eye while he silently grades my choices and preparation of his lunchbox. Luckily for me, my 4-year-old boy will usually eat just about anything he can get his hands on. And although the same could be said of his big brother when he is home, when it comes to his school lunches, he inevitably raises the bar. So I am challenged to make a lunch that not only passes the test of my sons picky palate, but is has to pass the healthy food test of his picky mother (love you sweetie).

WP_20140911_07_39_49_ProEnter Villaggio bread. Now, to say that the folks at Villaggio make my favorite bread would be a bit of an understaement. When it comes to a sandwich, there is no better home for an array of tasty ingredients than tucked between two slices of their bread, toasted to perfection. It’s thick slices are always ready to stand up to whatever I throw at them, from a light PB&J to a heavy hitting meat monster. So turning to Villaggio for a great start to a great sandwich is a no brainer. And my latest creation may be one of my proudest sandwich moments ever! Even my son would agree (perhaps not to my face though) that I may have outdone myself with this one.

Of coarse, I would never be one to blow my own horn….ok, maybe I am. But with this particular sandwich, I don’t feel ashamed, not even a little. It has flavor, nutritional value, and most importantly it passes the test of my son. So I feel obliged to share my recipe with you, because you may have found yourself in the same position as me and we can all use a little help now and then.

The version I show here is my double sandwich. I make my son the single, but since I am going to eat this baby after I take a picture of it, I’m making this one for Daddy! For the lunchbox, the half-size is perfect. So give it a try. And if your kids don’t give it the thumbs up, at least you’ll have yourself a free lunch !


3 slices toasted Villaggio bread

2 fried eggs

4 slices of Maple Leaf Black Forest Ham

Mixed greens

Sliced tomatoes

Swiss cheese


Horseradish Dijon mustard (optional for kids, a necessity for me)


School lunches don’t have to be boring, and a dynamic sandwich is a great choice for healthy diet and a happy child.

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  1. Looks delish! Never heard of Villaggio before. Thanks!

  2. looks super yummy , definitely will be making this for lunch with My kiddies

  3. We love Villaggio – makes such good sandwiches and even better French toast! I even make gourmet ‘stuffed’ french toast with Villaggio – YUM!

  4. We have used Villaggio bread for a number of years and have always enjoyed it

  5. This sandwich you show looks and sounds delicious and I will be trying it out for sure. I have never tried Villaggio bread but will check for it next time I go shopping.

  6. tammyjeffery says:


  7. I always want to make good looking sandwich like yours but it usually turn out to be like yours. lol

  8. My son loves when I use Villaggio for making his sandwiches!

  9. I love villagio bread!!!

  10. This bread makes real good grilled cheese sandwiches

  11. I absolutely loooove Villaggio bread!

  12. I eat Villaggio bread all the time. High quality.

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I enjoy eating Villaggio, it has a good taste and is nice and soft, really enjoyable. I love an egg salad sandwich on this bread or toasted it tastes good too :-)

  14. We love Villaggio bread, it’s always fresh and very tasty, I’ll have to try this recipe, it sounds delicious! :-)

  15. My son is a big ham lover. I think this would go over really well as a packed lunch for him. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Anne Taylor says:

    Looks like a great sandwich! The kids in BC are finally going back to school tomorrow!

  17. This bread is awesome and makes great sandwiches, a lot better than some breads out there

  18. kristen visser says:

    that is all my family buys is Villaggio! we love it

  19. We love Villaggio, I buy the buns every week.

  20. What a great looking sandwich! We love Villagio bread and find it’s always soft and it doesn’t dry out quickly. Twitter fan@plumerea

  21. My husband loves Villagio bread. We stock up whenever it’s on sale.

  22. I sooooo hear you on the “sleep” thing; I miss it already LOL Sandwich looks delish! I will have to try this with my son.

  23. Thanks of the yummy sandwich recipe.

  24. Elva Roberts says:

    This sandwich is indeed one of a kind and the double one could be called a ‘manwich’. The half would be ok for a young fellow but many older boys could quite possibly handle the manwich.

  25. I love Villagio bread. Thanks for the yummy sandwich recipe!

  26. Great recipe, thanks!

  27. Victoria Ess says:

    This is my partner’s FAVOURITE sandwich bread!

  28. Rosanne Robinson says:

    We love Villagio bread & buns, looking forward to trying this recipe, it sounds delicious! :-)

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