Friday, June 29, 2012

15 Sandwich Filling Ideas for your Kid's Baon (and your Husband's, too)

I mentioned in my post yesterday (Native Delicacies for your Kid's Baon) that my younger brother and I were not allowed to eat junk food like chips and cheese curls and drink soda when we were little.  To make sure we adhered to this rule, my mom would take time to plan and prepare our snacks ahead of time.  Our mom would usually prepare sandwiches for us as baon during school days.  Not only does this strategy help parents monitor what their kids eat, it also allows the family to save some money.  Buying ready to eat sandwiches or snack items is usually more costly than preparing them yourself. 

A reusable bag for my husband's sandwiches.

Let me share some of the sandwich fillings that I used to have for my sandwiches as a student and a few that I learned to make while in college.  These are very easy to prepare, even kids can help or do these themselves.

Some tips on how to make the sandwiches healthier:
  • I suggest that you use whole wheat breads (sliced breads or pandesals).  In fact, there are now malunggay pandesals.  
  • For the mayonnaise-based fillings, you can use lite mayonnaise or you can make your own. 
  • Another tip in making your sandwiches, spread some butter on both sides of your sandwich (the mayo-based ones) to prevent it from becoming soggy.
  • Add vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes.

1. Hardboiled Egg with Mayonnaise - This is one of my favorites.  I like preparing this at home with my little boy.  He likes removing the eggshells from the boiled egg.  You simply mash the egg using a fork and mix with minced onions and just enough mayonnaise to make it spreadable.  Then season with iodized salt and finely ground pepper.  You can also add minced pickles or coarsely chopped celery.  Celery is good because it gives it added texture by providing some crunchiness and by being a source of fiber.  Do you know that celery can help reduce weight because it has negative calories?

2. Cheese - You can do it the old fashioned way of slicing your block of cheddar with a knife or buy thinly-sliced cheese from the grocery.  Buying the already sliced packs of cheese makes preparing your kid's baon faster.  of course, it's costs a bit more.  You can thinly spread some butter or mayonnaise on the bread before putting the cheese.

3. Ham - You can choose to buy uncooked ham or cooked ham.  Spread some mayonnaise before adding the ham.

4. Ham and Cheese - Ham and cheese, on their own, taste good as sandwich fillings.  But they taste very good as well when combined.  You may choose to spread some butter or mayonnaise again on your bread before adding the filling.

5. Ham and Egg - You can prepare this by cooking the egg first.  Beat the egg and fry.  Cut the egg to make it fit your bread before adding the ham.  Again, don't forget to spread some mayonnaise or butter. 

6. Chicken with Mayonnaise - This is one of my favorites.  We prepare this by boiling the chicken first and chopping or shredding it to pieces.  Then, mix minced onions, mayonnaise, salt and ground pepper. 

7. Tuna Flakes with Mayonnaise - Another one of my favorite spreads.  Just flake the tuna and add minced onions, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

8. Corned Beef with Mayonnaise - We prepare this by sauteing the corned beef first in minced onions and garlic.  Once cooked, we add some mayonnaise.  I love having this filling on hot pandesal!  Yummy!

9. Peanut Butter - I think most kids experience having this as their baon to school because it's so easy to prepare and it's delicious.  There are now healthier versions of the peanut butter.  You can try using them, too.

10. Peanut Butter and Jelly - Peanut is delicious in itself but paired with a fruit jelly, it tastes heavenly! haha I'm sure a lot of kids like this combination. 

11. Peanut Butter and Banana - I think I learned this combination when I was already in high school or college.  Anyway, better late than never because it also tastes very good. Plus, you get to make your child eat a fruit while enjoying his peanut butter sandwich. 

12. Cheese Pimiento - I liked having this also on crackers, not just bread.  When I was in college, I found out that this sandwich tastes even better when you grill the bread.  Thus, giving you a grilled cheese pimiento sandwich.  Try it!

13. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato - We prepare this by cooking the bacon first, which usually takes just a few minutes.  Then, we arrange the bacon on the bread with a spread of butter or mayonnaise and add the lettuce and slices of tomato.

14. Crab, Carrot, Cucumber and Mayonnaise - You can use crab stick or crab meat flakes and mix this with thin strips of carrot and cucumber. Add mayonnaise, a few drops of lemon juice or calamansi juice, and season with salt and pepper.

15. Burger - You can buy mini or regular burger patties from the frozen section of the grocery or make your own.  Just pan fry and serve in a bun.  Don't forget to spread some mayonnaise again.  You can add a slice of quickmelt cheese and some vegetables also.

There you have it!  Fifteen sandwich filling ideas for your kid or hubby's baon.  Hope this post helps you in your meal planning and in making sure your family eats healthy. 

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