September is a great time for bike riding and impromptu picnics with your kids. Sandwiches are easy to make. Most kids are happy to eat the sandwich they made themselves. Fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer's market were used to create this "open face" sandwich (pun intended).
Save money with sandwich lunches by skipping the chips, fries and soda that go with most fast food lunches. Make your own sandwiches with low-cost ingredients. Just add fruit, cheese sticks, a glass of milk, or nuts to make a nutritious meal. You could follow your lunch with a fun read about picnics. There are lots of choices for books at your public library. Put the sandwiches in an insulated lunch bag and hop on your bikes to go have a picnic at the park!
- 1 whole wheat English muffin or 2 slices of thin-sliced bread
- 2 teaspoons ranch style dressing
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (or Greek yogurt cream cheese)
- ½ cup grated or chopped vegetables such as red, yellow or green pepper, peas, beans, broccoli, celery, carrots, olives, tomatoes, summer squash ....
- Wash hands with soap and water. Split the English muffin in half. Place each half on a plate.
- Spread 1 teaspoon ranch dressing on each half.
- Top each muffin slice with half of the shredded cheese.
- Arrange vegetables on top to create a silly face.
- Serving Size (1/2 of an English muffin):
- Calories 155
- Total Fat 8g
- Saturated Fat 3.2g
- Cholesterol 15mg
- Sodium 265mg
- Total Carbohydrates 15g
- Fiber 2.6g
- Protein 6.5g
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- Grape and Cashew Salad Sandwich1
- Cucumber sandwiches
- Pita pockets filled with shredded vegetables and meat
- Cream cheese and nectarines on toast
- Scrambled egg, cheese and salsa wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla
- Link sausage and lettuce wrapped in half a potato skin
- Smoked sardines, olives and Greek yogurt on grilled eggplant slices
- Any leftovers from your fridge on bread
- Sandwich recipes from USDA's MyPlate Kitchen Recipes
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