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ERIN SULLEY: Funny-faced lunches

Funny sandwich faces will put a smile on your face, no matter the age. – Paul Pickett photo
Funny sandwich faces will put a smile on your face, no matter the age. – Paul Pickett photo - Erin Sulley

A few days on the books already for the 2020-2021 school year. Can’t believe it actually arrived. It’s been a bizarre year and kids have been out of the classroom for such a long time. Although, things have changed, some things remain the same, like and old but great friendship. Time apart bears no difference on when you finally meet again.

“First week of school: Sandwich cut in a cute shape, sliced fruit, encouraging note. Last week of school: Handful of croutons wrapped in foil.” – Unknown

The new school year requires a lot of decisions when it comes to packing your kiddos lunch bag. Over time, they may have developed new tastes, tried new flavours and learned to appreciate others who experience food allergies. They have definitely grown to tell you outright what are their favourite foods and what they dislike.

So how do you balance making lunches that are quick, healthy and attractive to their taste buds? When in doubt, listen to the wise words of Amy Poehler who says…

Lay out a little of this and a little of that. It’s all you need for a fun and delicious creative school lunch. – Erin Sulley photo - Erin Sulley
Lay out a little of this and a little of that. It’s all you need for a fun and delicious creative school lunch. – Erin Sulley photo - Erin Sulley

 

“When in doubt make funny faces.” – Amy Poehler

Making food fun and attractive can sometimes be a chore for parents and guardians. Just think about it for a second, it’s always the first impression, no matter the age. God love their cotton socks, but when your kids made you food, I’m sure there’s been at least one occasion when you’ve totally lied and gave an, “Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.” They’re proud as a punch and you’re smiling, when in fact, your stomach is curdling at the sight. That’s sometime how they look at “adult” food.

There are many fun, creative and easy ideas for school lunches. Today, I’m going to show you a few funny faces you can make with a simple sandwich. Sandwiches can be pretty boring, but these ideas are sure to make kids laugh or smile when they open their lunch containers. Who knows, it might even make your lunch preparations fun!

With a little creativity, you never know what may come from a few pieces of cheese, meat and veggies. – Erin Sulley photo - Erin Sulley
With a little creativity, you never know what may come from a few pieces of cheese, meat and veggies. – Erin Sulley photo - Erin Sulley

 

“When I was in school I had two favourite subjects, lunch and recess.” – Unknown

The base of the sandwich can be just about anything. Use their favourite condiments, meats and veggies. It’s the top of the sandwich you’ll be decorating. You can make anything from funny faces, a puppy dog, scary monster face, different facial expressions, “Angry Bird” faces — just about anything really. The most important ingredient will be your creativity. If you feel as though you’re lacking on that end, don’t fret foodie friends, use Google to search for ideas.

This is a great way to use up bits and bobs in the fridge. Ingredients like cheese, meat, cucumber, olives, peppers, carrots, egg, or cabbage. You don’t need a lot. You’ll be surprised what a few ingredients can turn into.

“People who respond to your weird facial expression with even a weirder facial expressions are the best kind of people.” – Unknown

Not only are these sandwiches fun and attractive — it’s a way of trying to sneak in healthy foods like fruit and veg. I know, some might not fall for this at all, but hey, you gotta try!

I’m throwing a bunch of ideas and ingredients your way. Keep in mind, some of them might not be suitable for your child or school, as there are restrictions on certain foods. Make sure you adhere to what they can bring into the school. The good thing is, there are endless possibilities.

I don’t know if “Angry Birds” are still popular but I couldn’t resist. Come on! You can’t tell me you don’t feel this way sometimes, making lunches day after day. — Erin Sulley photo - Erin Sulley
I don’t know if “Angry Birds” are still popular but I couldn’t resist. Come on! You can’t tell me you don’t feel this way sometimes, making lunches day after day. — Erin Sulley photo - Erin Sulley

 

“Mom pro tip: If you’re old enough to critique what I put in your lunch, you’re old enough to make it yourself.” – Sarcastic Mommy

Making funny faces on sandwiches is also a great way to get the kids involved. You can place all the ingredients on the counter and let them make their own face. You never know, they may surprise you at what they put together.

Happy first week of school to all the students, parents, guardians, teachers and staff. Although these are fun lunch ideas for the kiddies, remember, you’re never too old for a funny faced lunch.

If it gives you a little chuckle during your day and puts a smile on your face — mission accomplished.

Erin Sulley is a self-confessed foodie who lives in Mount Pearl. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ErinSulley. Instagram: @ErinSulley

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