PB&J. BLT. Bologna. Ham & cheese. What are we talking about? Sandwiches, of course! Did you know that National Sandwich Day, a day that celebrates one of America’s most popular lunch foods, occurs every year on November 3?
The sandwich was officially named in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.
This day gives us a great reason to enjoy our favorite sandwich. A sandwich is a great to-go meal for our busy schedules today. And the possibilities are endless as we create our own combination of meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, seasonings and sauces on a variety of different breads.
You can have a sandwich for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are easy to make and healthy, and the great advantage is that children can help make them! Here are a few sandwich recipes for you and your children to try as you celebrate National Sandwich Day.
Ham and Cheese with Local Apples
(Makes two sandwiches)
- 4 slices of multi-grain bread
- 2 slices cheddar cheese
- 4 slices ham
- 1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoons mustard
- 1 tablespoons honey
- Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and honey in a bowl. Spread it on two slices of bread.
- Add a slice of cheese one each and top it with two slices of ham and a slice of cored apple.
- Cover with remaining slice of bread. Cut sandwich in half and serve.
Peanut and other nut butters are rich in protein and make a quick and healthy sandwich for children. You can try many variations and let your children make their own creations, designs and even faces!
Carrot and Peanut Butter Sandwich
- ¼ cup creamy peanut or another nut butter
- ½ cup finely shredded carrots
- 2 teaspoons raisins
- Mix the peanut butter, raisins, and carrots in a bowl. Whisk it well to make a creamy spread.
- Spread on bread, tortilla, or bun for a healthy snack.
Have you ever wondered how peanut butter and cheese taste together? You will know now, with this fun sandwich idea for kids:
Grilled Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich
- 2 slices bread
- 2 T peanut butter
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp margarine
- Spread the peanut butter on one side of a slice of bread.
- Top it with the cheese slice and cover with the other slice of bread.
- Apply butter on both sides of the sandwich and cook it in the skillet for three-five minutes or until the cheese melts.
Author: Vicki Starks, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative Early Childhood Education Associate for Fayette County.