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My husband and I both had similar school lunch experiences growing up. Everyday we would sit down at the lunch table, open our paper sacks and pull out a sandwich that had once been perfectly edible. Over the course of the morning, however, that sandwich had become a soggy mess. Just remembering all of that mayonnaise soaked bread makes me stomach hurt.
Since my daughter is starting school tomorrow (eek!), I have been working on a lunch plan that includes alternatives to the ubiquitous sack lunch sandwich. After coming up with a few ideas, I headed to my neighborhood Smart & Final grocery store and purchased everything I needed for a week’s worth of amazing lunches.
I love shopping at Smart & Final for several reasons. One, they have great prices on everything including organic foods. They even have their own organic line called Sun Harvest. You have to try the Sun Harvest peanut butter, it’s so good!
Another reason I love Smart & Final is the strong commitment they have to both their customers and communities. Their new logo, with the ampersand (&) front and center, was created to showcase this commitment. I feel good supporting a store that appreciates its customers.
* Bonus Reason
If you live in California, there is yet another reason to be a Smart & Final customer- Instacart. This service delivers your groceries right to your door! Sign up online and you will get free delivery and a $5 off coupon! Enter SMART5 to get $5 off at checkout.
Anyway, after driving to the store and picking up my groceries, because sadly I don’t live in California, I went home and got to work on my sandwich-less school lunches. Here are two of my favorite sandwich alternatives.
School Lunch Recipes
This easy lunch features a kid favorite – corn dogs! Make up a batch of these on Sunday night and lunch packing will be a breeze in the morning.
Corn Dog Muffin Recipe
- 1 package corn bread mix
- 1 package hot dogs
1. Preheat the oven and prepare the corn bread mix according to the instructions on the box.
2. Heat 4 hotdogs and chop them into bite size pieces.
3. Combine the hotdogs and cornbread mix.
4. Fill the muffin cups with the cornbread/hotdog mixture and bake according to the cornbread instructions.
5. Let cool before attempting to remove corn dog muffins from pan.
6. Serve with Sun Harvest organic ketchup.
I paired these yummy corn dog muffins with plain Greek yogurt and a handful of fresh blueberries. This meal was a huge hit with my daughter!
This healthy lunch makes morning prep easy and quick. Simply spoon some organic Sun Harvest peanut butter into your child’s lunch container and sprinkle granola on top for a delicious apple dip. To make it a complete meal, add some baked pita chips and cherry tomatoes.
Sun Harvest Sweepstakes
Smart & Final is hosting a sweepstakes! 20 winners will receive a $100 SmartCash card perfect for all that back to school grocery shopping. To enter, visit the Sun Harvest Sweepstakes page.