Sandwich alternatives perfect for the school lunchbox

Kids simple salad in lunchbox

I’m so excited about Julian starting school this year, he is ready, I am ready, and I know that he will thrive.  At home, we make his lunch together.  Sometimes its a sandwich, but he tends to get bored of having them too often, so wanted to gather a list of sandwich alternatives that are tasty, healthy, but quick and easy to prepare so I can pack a fast lunchbox!

All of these can be quickly made in the morning before school, no baking required!

Sandwich alternatives perfect for the school lunchbox

Rose Wich

Rose-wich sandwich alternative

I snagged this recipe from my good friend George who runs School Lunch Box!  We visit his site often for simple healthy lunchbox ideas that my boys always love.

The Rose Wich was inspired by a very special little girl named Zara, who is fighting leukaemia.  It is a reminder to stop and smell the roses, appreciate what is around you and those you love.


  • 2 slices wholemeal bread
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot

Step by Step Guide to making Rose-Wich sandwich alternative


  • Remove crusts from bread
  • Press a little more firmly than usual on carrot to create thick, wide peelings
  • Do the same with the cucumber
  • Roll bread out thinly on chopping board and slice in half to make 2 rectangles
  • Slightly overlap the ends and run the rolling pin over the now extra long rectangle
  • Place some carrot peelings along one side of the bread, and then fold the bread over
  • Roll up to form a flower
  • Do the same with your cucumber

Pasta Salad

Bowl of kids pasta salad

My boys would eat pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I let them!  It is always a popular option when providing to them for lunch.

This is another dish where its easy to get some bits prepared the prior evening during your usual dinner preparation when you may be boiling some pasta anyway.

Wholemeal pasta is definitely the healthier option, however has a slightly different texture/flavour.  If you wanted to make the switch you could always gradually start adding a little bit of wholemeal pasta in with your regular pasta, and slowly increase the ratio of wholemeal to regular.

We generally give it with the kids in one of two ways:

  1. With leftover dinner veggies (eg, peas, corn, broccoli, carrot, and a sprinkle of grated cheese)
  2. With fresh salad pieces (eg, cherry tomatoes, corn, capsicum, rinsed chickpeas, cubed cheese)

Simply add a splash of olive oil through the pasta to stop it from sticking, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top always scores me extra points!


Spag which school lunchbox sandwich alternative

I love the fact that this is a cross between spaghetti and sandwich!  A really fun sandwich alternative, and you can totally get creative with the ingredients you choose.  Thanks again to School Lunch Box for this awesome creation!


  • 2 slices wholemeal bread
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grated cheese


  • Remove crusts from bread
  • Roll bread slices out with rolling pin
  • Slice them very thinly for spaghetti, or a little thicker for more of a fettuccine appearance!
  • Add them  to the lunchbox and toss through your tomatoes and grated cheese.  Other ideas for throw ins are chopped capsicum, ham, tinned corn.

Simple Salad

Kids simple salad in lunchbox

Image credit:  Fooducate

Including vegetables in the school lunchbox is a wonderful addition to our list of sandwich alternatives as it is a great way to boost your kids veggie intake.

I like to add in some protein to keep energy levels up, such as boiled egg or legumes such as rinsed cannellini beans.  These inclusions also make it  more filling.

Some things my boys love in their salad are cherry tomatoes (slice in half so there is no choke hazard), grapes (also sliced), cubed cheese, cucumber, carrot, tin corn, and capsicum.

Tip:  If you are making a salad for dinner, chop a little extra and put aside for the following days lunchbox.

San Choy Wich

San Choy Wich sandwich alternative

Such an easy, fun lunch idea, thanks once again to School Lunch Box!


  1. Iceberg lettuce leaf
  2. Chopped cooked chicken breast
  3. Sliced cherry tomatoes
  4. Grated Cheese


Cut your iceberg lettuce leaf into an oval shape that will sit nicely in your lunchbox.  Pop it into the lunchbox and add in your choice of fillings.  Get creative!

Now that you’ve got your list of sandwich alternatives sorted, do you need some snack ideas too?  Find them here.

Rachel Cassidy and her two sons sitting on the grass

Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

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