My kids would happily eat PB&J for every meal if I let them, and because it is inexpensive, healthy, and tasty, we do have peanut butter sandwiches several times a week. We’re not alone in our love of the peanut butter – there is even a restaurant in New York City called Peanut Butter & Co., dedicated to the PB&J!
I get bored, though, and want the kids to grow up exposed to a variety of healthy flavors, so I put together The PB Sandwich Matrix. Pick an item from each column and combine to make a unique lunchtime treat.
|Bread||Spread||One or More Toppings|
|Sliced Wheat or White Bread||Peanut Butter||Jelly, Jam, or Marmalade|
|Cinnamon Raisin Bread||Almond Butter||Crushed Pineapple|
|Pita Bread||Cashew Butter||Sliced fruit, like banana or kiwi|
|Mini Bagel||Sunflower Seed Butter||Honey|
|Tortilla||Soy Nut Butter||Chutney|
|English Muffin||Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter)||¼ c. orange juice and 1 T orange zest (mix with spread)|
|Waffles||Cream Cheese||Apple butter, pumpkin butter, other fruit butter|
|Graham crackers||Pureed pumpkin and cinnamon|
|Apple slices and cinnamon|
|Marshmallow Fluff (makes a Fluffernutter)|
|Raisins or other dried fruit|
Make it creative!
Cut your sandwiches with cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
Use two different types of bread for a checker-board effect.
Grill it like a grilled cheese sandwich.
Roll up your tortillas and slice them into rounds like sushi.
I have the Cut-N-Seal sandwich sealer from Pampered Chef, so I can make a home made (HFCS-free) version of Smucker’s Uncrustables.
You can get even more adventurous and make a Thai-style chicken satay sandwich, peanut butter and bacon, or The Elvis – adding cheese and banana and grilling it up. The sky’s the limit!
My dad makes grilled PB, mayo, and banana sandwiches, which he describes as “deliciously trashy”, but I should point out that he makes dinners like “The Heart Attack Burger” – bacon cheeseburgers with a fried egg on top and mayo on the bun. Rich foods are in his blood (and likely clogging his arteries), and may not be to your taste!
Want to branch out with the PB&J flavors but not interested in a sandwich? Try one of these recipes!
(I haven’t tried and don’t vouch for these recipes, but wanted to show the variety of uses for PB&J.)
March is National Peanut Butter month, so go try something new with this tasty, healthy, inexpensive staple!
This post is linked up to Works for Me Wednesday.