Now that I am back to school full time, I am always on the hunt for a simple lunch recipe that doesn't demand too much time or expense. I don't have a lot of time in the morning to be preparing fancy lunches for any of us. This post contains affiliate links.
Back to School
It has come to my attention that the kids only have like fifteen minutes to eat lunch so I HAVE to make them something to eat. If they buy a school lunch, at least ten minutes of that time is spent standing in line, leaving them no time to actually eat. As a result, their tummies are all jammed up.
After trying Smucker's Uncrustables, I was determined to make my own version of this Pod Sandwich. I realize this is just a slight twist on the classic PB & J, however, with healthier ingredients and a fun shape, we are all happy. I also started freezing grapes to put in our lunches.
- Constipated Kids 🙁
- Tight Budget
- Time Crunch
- These are high in fiber (6.5 grams per pod)
- Cost about $.64/Pod
- Quick and Easy to make and eat
Pod Sandwich Recipe
I usually make about a dozen of the pod sandwiches at a time. (Just multiply this recipe accordingly for however many you'd like to make.) They freeze perfectly. From the freezer I put them in the kids' lunches in the morning and they are just right by lunchtime.
For one Pod I used: 2 Slices Brownberry Dutch Country Extra Fiber Bread 2 Tbsp PB2 1 Tbsp Water (or a little more for better spread) 1 tsp Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberry Spread (found at CostCo) Pampered Chef Cut N Seal Wax paper
Step 1: Prepare your PB2 by mixing it with the water. Add more or less water until you get the desired consistency.
Step 2: Spread PB2 on both slices of bread in the area that will be inside the pod. I just eye it in, but if you'd like to be really accurate, you can gently press the sandwich sealer into the bread to give yourself an outline. Note: I find that getting a little PB2 onto the edges is fine—it almost serves as glue—I just make sure to keep the fruit spread within the boundary.
Step 3: Spoon the Strawberry Spread into the middle of the PB2 on one of the slices. Note: having the PB2 on both slices of the bread prevents the fruit spread from making the bread soggy.
Step 4: Sandwich slices together and use the sandwich sealer…
Step 5: Use wax paper in between if stacking multiple pods for freezing. Place in freezer bag squeezing as much air out as possible without squishing the pods. Freeze. Allow 4-6 hours to thaw at room temperature. Do not thaw in refrigerator.
Very little goes to waste with these fun little pods. We use our LunchBlox to avoid wasting plastic baggies… and the crusts, well, we have a lot of fun with those. We either cut them up into cubes and dip in cheese for a Fondue Fun Night, or treat the squirrels while entertaining the cat.
We have a blast hanging these crusts from the trees much like ornaments. Watching the squirrels reach, jump and swing to get them is hilarious. Even better is watching the cat watch the squirrels through the window. Even the deer have been known to stop by for a snack.
DIY Pod Sandwich Recipe Perfect for Back to School
Great for back to school lunches, these DIY pod sandwiches are easy and fun to make. Make ahead and freeze to get pods ready for the week.
Using the Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal, gently indent the area of the bread needing filing.
Mix PB2 with water.
Spread 1 Tbsp of PB2 on one side of EACH slice inside the circle area.
Spoon the Strawberry Spread onto the PB2.
Sandwich the slices together.
Align the Cut-N-Seal over the sandwich and press down and seal.
Place in freezer bags placing wax paper in between multiple pods.
In the morning, grab one and it’s thawed and ready by lunchtime!
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