Turn traditional lunchtime sandwich into fabulous sushi rolls
If you are looking for a fun and simple recipe to make for your kids' lunches -- look no further than Momma Chef's SB&J Sushi Rolls. These rollups have become such a favorite at my son's school that one of the teachers sought me out at our last parent/teacher conference to thank me for the idea. She wanted to let me know that she made them for her daughter's birthday party, and they were a huge hit. I love it.
And what's not to love about SB&J Sushi Rolls? To begin with, they are pretty darn cute. Who can resist a sweet little roll-up? How fun will it be to surprise your kids with "sushi rolls" instead of the expected traditional sandwich.
And sushi is everywhere. I've seen sushi T-shirts, stuffed animals and memes aplenty. My friend's 6-year-old daughter's favorite toy is her Melissa & Doug sushi slicing wooden playset. Super adorable. One of the Littlest Pet Shop cats comes with teeny-tiny plastic sushi. Seriously. SB&J Sushi Rolls are going to rock your kids' lunches.
Next, they are easy to prepare. Are they as easy as a sandwich? Of course not -- but just about. This recipe can be easily completed in under five minutes -- including making an extra serving for yourself.
Finally, they are made with SunButter instead of peanut butter. If you aren't familiar with SunButter, let me fill you in on this great product. It's made from sunflower seeds, and thus absolutely nut-free. While I am fortunate that my kids do not have nut allergies, many of their friends do. Out of respect for those families, I like to promote yummy recipes that avoid their dietary restrictions. And SB&J Sushi Rolls perfectly fit the bill.
For some added pizzazz, pick up extra sets of disposable chopsticks from your favorite Asian restaurant. Include a pair for your kids to have authentic tableware as they enjoy this creative lunchtime offering.
• Karen Nochimowski, the mom behind MommaChef.com, has loved cooking for as long as she can remember. After friends and family begged to be let in on her culinary secrets, she decided to create a blog featuring the easy, quick recipes that everyone loved. The goal of Momma Chef blog is to help busy moms serve fabulous meals with little effort and few ingredients to their families. All Momma Chef recipes are made using less than 6 ingredients and under 6 minutes of prep time.
Momma Chef's SB&J Sushi Rolls
2 slices of wheat bread
2 teaspoons creamy SunButter
2 teaspoon strawberry or grape jelly (pick your favorite)
Remove crusts from bread. Use a rolling pin to flatten two slices of bread.
Spread 1 teaspoon of SunButter to within ½-inch of edges. Top SunButter with 1 teaspoon of strawberry or grape jelly. Roll up each slice of bread into a tight spiral.
Refrigerate 15 minutes (optional)
Cut into 2-inch pieces and serve. Voilà! The perfect lunch or afternoon snack.
Makes 6 pieces of SB&J Sushi.
Notes: Of course, if your family does not have nut allergies, you can use any nut butter of your choosing; my kids' preference is the good standby, creamy peanut butter.
This is the perfect activity for your kids when you hear those dreaded words, "I'm BORRRRED" or "I'm HUNGRRRRY." Just show them once how to flatten and roll the bread and they should be able to make this recipe on their own.