Bread is my canvas, my medium, my muse… yes, I said bread! While I try to fill my lunch boxes with vibrant natural colors and variety, the sandwich is often my piece de resistance. Some people like to scrapbook (OK I like that too) but since I rarely have a large slot of time to dive into paper projects, I settle for an extra 5-10 minutes a day on arranging my lunch boxes. I can use cookie cutters and bread stamps on my sandwiches in the same way you would shape paper for a themed scrapbook page. It really is a great creative outlet!
Lately I have found that I tend to create little scenes on my sandwiches as if the bread really were a canvas. How intricate I make it depends on how much time I have. The sandwich above was first cut with a crinkle biscuit cutter. I then stamped the image of 2 bunnies on one slice before I assembled my sandwich. If I had time I might have added a small heart cut from cheese or fruit leather between the 2 bunnies or perhaps a flower (for the spring theme). The bunny that I used is a stamp that is actually made to cut mini bunny shaped sandwiches but I like to use the stamps and cutters in different ways. Cookie cutters will stamp an image on bread if you simply don’t press down as hard!
Many people would say a canvas also cries out for color. You could add sprinkles inside of a cutout (called fairy sandwiches) or use food markers to create a picture. I however made a decision some time ago to minimize the amount of artificial additives I feed my family so I typically do not add color in that way. Instead, I push myself to be creative with color in other ways! I mentioned cheese and fruit leather already but sometimes I use the darker heel of the bread, a couple of mini chocolate chips or pieces of carrot. Cream cheese, honey, mayo or peanut butter can all be used to adhere small pieces to your sandwich scene if necessary.
I think you should try to create a sandwich scene of your own but I know some may say it is too complex, not realistic or too time consuming. If you think so then simply take it back to basics and just cut the crust off! The natural colors and variety of this lunch box still make it fun!
Besides the creative sandwich this lunch is packed in a Lunchbots Trio container and also includes:
- Trader Joe’s Organic PB Cracker sandwiches
- Kiwi and mini grapes
- broccoli florettes
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