I knew the day was coming, I had seen the signs, the half finished lunches coming home. The unenthusiastic sighs in the morning, but i had hoped i had more time....
More time.... But no my time had run out at the tender age of 7 and 9 my children had decided they were over eating sandwiches.
Maybe it had been my fault, eating the same food for lunch 6 days a week obviously had got boring....
I tried to bluff my way through, turning sandwiches in to works of art, fancy sandwich cutters, intricate fillings, then they wouldn't be boring, they would eat them again.
Now that not only didnt work but did not give me more time, only less, as turning sandwiches into elephants, puzzles and dinosaurs don't give you more time, it is just more work, especially if they return uneaten anyway.
Now some might just say, too bad.... Make them sandwiches anyway, but what's the point if they don't eat it, they can't concentrate without food.
So what do you pack if your children don't like sandwiches...
At first it was cruskits, saladas with cheese.
And then we got more creative... (Cue even easier)
We started packing a Skip-hop Insualted jar with our leftovers from the night before - whether that was fried rice, beef stroganoff, pasta bake, spaghetti bolognaise, pumpkin soup.
(To find out more about our insulated jars - http://bit.ly/1ZPCjqa )
The kids loved it, and it made morning so much easier, but then summer came and hot foods started to loose their appeal, leftovers weren't so easy to eat the next day when they were salads and steak off the BBQ, and I didn't feel like cooking an extra hot meal in the 30 plus degree heat.
So the insulated jars were filled with jelly, custard, or sno-cones and I began to dread the lunchtime blues.
Thats when i realised that I didnt have to have the lunchtime blues, their were heaps of no sandwich healthy options for my children and me to eat at lunchtime.
Our Original yumbox came out and here are some of favorite no sandwich lunches.
Flat bread, cheese, cucumber, strawberries, craisins and (a treat) chocolate custard
Rice crackers, Fresh Ham, Carrot, Apple, watermelon and craisins.
Chicken Satay, Cucumber, Lettuce , Carrot, cucumber, mayo (we wrap all the food into the lettuce leaf) and make a Chicken satay sandwich with sandwich with no bread.
Turkey Roll, Watermelon, Kabana, Fresh berry salad, Grapes and Pineapple shaped cheese.
Ham and Cheese skewers, Cucumber, Carrot, Popcorn, Grapes and Mixed berries.
So if your children decide that Sandwiches are so 2015, don't despair there are heaps of no sandwich options you can try, check out www.instagram.com/bubsandbeans for inspiration as I post up photos of our mainly sandwich free lunches. , also search #Yumbox.