Lunch Recipes for Kids: Flower Sandwiches

Looking for delicious healthy lunch recipes for kids? These adorable sandwiches will have them running to eat their veggies!


Getting my children to eat vegetables used to be a challenge.  I’m not sure why many children view vegetables with suspicion but they do.   They absolutely love to eat fruit but for some reason, getting them to enjoy vegetables is not as easy.  I have tried hiding the vegetables in another food.  I have tried allowing them to dip the vegetables in dips and dressings.  Sometimes I have good luck with this but often it is still difficult.  I have found that one of the easiest ways to get kids to eat their vegetables is to make them fun to eat.

You can easily make your sandwiches with the bread in cute shapes using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife.  Today I made a sandwich into a flower and used the carrots and celery sticks to create the petals and stem of the flower.   I created the center of the sandwich using a round cookie cutter. Then I just added sandwich filling like I would a traditional sandwich.

Lunch Recipes for Kids

Supplies to make flower sandwiches for back to school

  • Round cookie cutter that is about 3″ or 4″ in diameter
  • Filling for the sandwich.  You can use filling like tuna fish or peanut butter and jelly easily.  If you want to use sandwich meats and sliced cheese, you will need to cut them out using the same cookie cutter to fit the bread.
  • Celery sticks
  • Baby carrot sticks
  • Dip (optional)

Directions for the healthy lunch for kids

  • Cut out as many pieces of bread for sandwiches as you feel your child will eat.  You can make more than one flower sandwich for them.  If you only want to make one sandwich, you will need to have two pieces of bread.
  • Slice thin strips off each side of a celery stick to act as the grass or leaves.  Leave one celery strip whole to act as the stem.
  • Place the sandwich circle in the center of the plate.
  • Arrange the baby carrots around the outside of the sandwich circle in a pattern to look like petals of the flower.
  • Place the celery stick at the bottom of the flower so that it looks like the stem of the flower and the smaller pieces look like the leaves or grass.

You can offer a little container of dip for your child to dip their carrot and celery sticks into if they prefer it that way.  My son loves to have ranch dressing for his vegetables.

Looking for more great lunch recipes for kids? Check out how to make fun-shaped sandwiches!

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