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Top 5 Freeze Ahead Sandwiches


Now is the perfect time to start making some foods for lunch boxes. School days are so busy it's hard to throw together an outfit, let alone a delicious and healthy lunch, so turn to freeze ahead sandwich recipes. Make these sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them, then just pick one out of your freezer on school days and tuck into insulated lunch boxes. The lunch boxes do have to be insulated, and have a frozen gel pack. That just keeps the temperature below 40 degrees F, so the sandwiches will be able to thaw in time for lunch. If there are any leftovers, tell your child to throw them away.

1. Crunchy Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

A Pesto Chicken Wrap
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This filling could also be wrapped up in a tortilla or in a pita bread. I find that those types of breads stand up to the freeze/thaw cycle better than most ordinary sliced breads. But if you choose a sturdy whole wheat bread, it will be just fine.

2. Peanut Butter Granola Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Granola Wrap Sandwich
Linda Larsen
The crunch of granola and chopped peanuts are great additions to peanut butter in this simple wrap sandwich. Buttering the tortilla before you add the filling keeps them from becoming soggy as the filling thaws. Use this great trick for all your lunch box sandwiches!

3. Ham Salad Wraps

Deviled ham is the secret ingredient in these delicious wrap sandwiches. One or two rolls will feed a child well, along with some baby carrots and canned peaches.

4. Freeze Ahead Tuna Sandwiches

This excellent sandwich is full of nutrition and flavor. Let your kids make them, then they will be more likely to eat them at lunch time!

5. Tex Mex Pita Sandwiches

If your child loves Tex Mex or Mexican food, this is the sandwich for her. Lots of refried beans, pinto beans, salsa, and cheese combine with vegetarian crumbles (ground beef substitute) to make a super healthy and very flavorful pita sandwich.

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