My son is always hungry when I pick him up from school in the afternoon. He usually makes it to the house before getting a snack, but the other day he got in the car and immediately started searching for food. I asked him why he was so hungry and he said it was because I did not pack enough food in his lunch box. I felt so guilty! Like any mom, I cannot stand the thought of my kids going hungry. I apologized and promised to start packing more in his lunch. He suggested that I make another batch of the ‘tiny sandwiches.’ The tiny sandwiches he was talking about are Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches.
I pack my son’s lunch every day because he is not interested in eating cafeteria food. Mornings can get crazy, so I created Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches to have a quick and nutritious lunch ready in minutes. The sandwiches are easy to make and customizable to the preferences of your family. In addition to being great for school lunches, these sandwiches are a quick afternoon snack and a great addition to a picnic.
I make two versions of this sandwich for my son, and there are an endless amount of possible combinations. This sandwich is barbeque turkey with Colby jack cheese on mini ciabatta rolls. The mini ciabatta rolls are an important part of this recipe. The ciabatta bread is more airy than typical loaf bread. The texture of the bread allows it to freeze well and keeps it from getting soggy when it is heated up or thawed. I get these mini ciabatta rolls in the bakery of my local big box grocery store. If you are unable to find the mini ciabatta rolls, you can get a loaf of ciabatta bread and slice it to size.
All you have to do to assemble the sandwiches is spread barbeque sauce on one side of the bread and stack the turkey and cheese. Depending of the type of cheese and turkey you choose, you may need to cut them down to size for them to fit on the bread.
Once the sandwiches are assembled, wrap each individually in plastic wrap. After they are wrapped individually, put the sandwiches in a gallon sized freezer bag and put the gallon bag in the freezer. I can fit nine of the sandwiches in one gallon freezer bag.
My son has an early lunch at school, so I warm the sandwich up and wrap it in foil before packing it in his lunchbox. The sandwiches will thaw out on their own if your child has a later lunchtime. I usually pack one sandwich along with fruit, a side, and a treat for my second grader. Older kids may want two sandwiches in their lunch.
These Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches make packing lunch everyday quick and easy. Give them a try!
- 12 Mini Ciabatta Rolls
- 1/2 lb Sliced Turkey
- 1/2 Block Colby Jack Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Barbeque Sauce
- Separate the top and bottom of the rolls
- Spread one side of each roll with barbeque sauce
- Cut the sliced turkey to size and distribute evenly among the rolls
- Slice the cheese to desired thickness and distribute evenly among the rolls
- Put the tops back on each roll
- Wrap each roll individually with plastic wrap
- Put the wrapped sandwiches in gallon freezer bag and freeze
- To serve, heat for 45 second in microwave or allow to thaw