Would you pack Pinterest's top sandwich in your kid's lunch?

With the end of school up ahead and summer coming soon, you might want to grab some inspiration from this highly popular meal.

Would you pack Pinterest's top sandwich in your kid's lunch?

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Ah, sandwiches. Some kids love 'em, some kids hate 'em. With the end of school just around the corner, you're probably loathing them right about by now. But here's some good news: According to Pinterest's user base, bread sandwiches are soooo not on-trend right now.

Wait, what?

cucumber bites sandwich, top-pinned sandwich on Pinterest Photo: Coach Calorie via Pinterest

Yeap, Pinterest's most-pinned sandwich is in fact, not really a sandwich at all. It's made up of cucumber slices putting the squeeze on cheese and roast beef—and it's been pinned nearly 800,000 times.

no-bread Italian sub roll-up Photo: Our Paleo Life via Pinterest

Apparently there are plenty of sandwich-haters out there determined to create alternatives to those boring sliced-bread things. The second most popular "sandwich" on Pinterest right now is a no-bread Italian sub roll-up from Our Paleo Life and it's been shared around 160,000 times.

granola crunch apple-peanut butter sandwich wrap Photo: Two Healthy Kitchens via Pinterest

And the third most popular (pinned 100,000 times)—a granola crunch apple-peanut butter sandwich wrap from Two Healthy Kitchens—only appears to be a little more sandwich-like.

This trend obviously serves those on gluten-free and paleo diets, but parents of sandwich-hating kids can rejoice: There are loads of fresh new ideas here. And they'll come in handy maybe even sooner than you think because as every parent knows, even when school ends, the lunch-packing doesn't (hello, summer camp).

So if you're running low on lunch inspo, look to these recipes for kids who hate sandwiches:

8 lunch recipes for kids who hate sandwiches

”Fried” Chicken Fingers

These baked, cornflake coated fingers are convincing fried chicken imposters for two reasons: First, they’re nice and crunchy; second, the leftovers are super good eaten cold. Tuck them confidently into your kid’s lunchbox—and don’t forget his favourite dip. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken Fingers

plate of chicken fingersPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Homemade Alphabet Pasta

Who can say no to classic alphabet pasta? Not quite as quick as cracking a can, this homemade version has sneaky zucchini, red pepper and carrot hidden in the sauce. Make it the night before, then reheat and fill the Thermos. Get the recipe: Homemade Alphabet Pasta

bento box with saucy alphabet pasta insidePhoto: Roberto Caruso


One-Pot Mac and Cheese

This easy, creamy one-pot mac and cheese is the answer to ‘What’s for lunch?’. It cooks up in just 20 little minutes. Get the recipe: One-Pot Mac and Cheese

thermos with mac and cheese with peasPhoto: Erik Putz

Lacey-Edged Latkes

Potato pancakes make a pretty fun lunchbox surpise. These minis beg to be dunked in sour cream, ketchup or apple sauce. Add hummus and veggies to the mix for some protein. Get the recipe: Lacey-Edged Latkes

bento box with mini latkes and sour creamPhoto: Erik Putz

Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs on Rice

Here’s a modern twist on an old favourite: sweet and sour meatballs on top of steaming white rice. Hot lunches are the best lunches. Get the recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs on Rice

thermos filled with meatballsPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Hockey Rink Three-Cheese Pizza

No need to wait for pizza day, make your own at home and send the leftovers to school. Cold pizza—this one is “ice” cold!—is actually scientifically proven to be more delicious. Get the recipe: Hockey Rink Three-Cheese Pizza

pan of homemade pizzaPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Beef Satay with Thai Dipping Sauce

Lunch on sticks and with dip? Best! Pack these tender beef skewers with super-tasty soy-nut butter dip and your your kid will be the dip-master of the lunch room. Get the recipe: Beef Satay with Thai Dipping Sauce

bento box with beef skewers and dipping saucePhoto: Erik Putz

Curried Lentil-Coconut Soup

This thick soup is stick-to-their-ribs hearty but not too bold in flavour. Pack with whole wheat pita and raw veggies and call it lunch. Get the recipe: Curried Lentil-Coconut Soup

thermos filled with lentil soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Read more: 10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will love 15 vegetarian dinner recipes that aren't pasta 10 super easy portable hot lunch recipes

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