2 bread slices, cut into star shapes (making 3-4 star shapes)
2 thick cheddar cheese slices, cut into star shapes (making 3-4 star shapes)
½ English cucumber, thinly slices, cut into star shapes
6 pieces of cos lettuce, torn
6 rosa tomatoes, rinsed
6 slices of smoked chicken
6 round shaped pretzels, optional
Plain yoghurt with a drizzle of honey
Water or freshly squeezed orange juice with mint
Fruits: Pineapple wedge, a handful of blueberries and strawberries
Medium star shaped cookie cutter
6 half skewers
Non plastic straw
On each skewer, thread the star shaped bread along with lettuce and two cucumber slices. Then fold the chicken into a zig zag and thread in.
Now thread in the star shaped cheese, tomato and end off with the pretzel. Pack the skewers into a lunch box.
Place the fruit together in a different compartment of the same lunch box or in a smaller lunch box.
Serve with the yoghurt, chilled water or orange juice with mint.
Whenever I make my kids lunchboxes especially when they involve shapes, I am often left with left overs which I usually eat as I go along (I am sure as most moms’ do) that’s if there is any time in the morning.
If I don’t get to eating them, I keep them in a container in the fridge for later use. For instance, I grate the left over cheese, and use it for anything that requires it like a pizza.
As for the left over bread, I place it in the fridge and when the time comes for me to use it, I cut it into small pieces, season and drizzle with oil. Bake them until crispy to make croutons.
Sometime I take it step further and allow my croutons to cool down and blitz them to make flavoured bread crumbs which I use for my pasta topping. Mixed with cheese.
The great thing about this sandwich is that the cutting can be made a night before and kept in a closed container and just thread everything in the morning to save you sometime within that rush hour.