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).
Enter 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
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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