Thursday, August 16, 2012

4 Back to School Sandwich Recipes

Back to School. Already? On the one hand, I’m not such a fan of Back to School season because it is a reminder that my favorite season is ending. On the other hand, I like Back to School season because it is lunch and sandwich recipe season. I can use all of the new and tasty lactose free lunch ideas I can get.



And if those healthy lactose free lunch ideas don’t cost an arm and leg to make, that’s OK too.

I got the opportunity to check out BJ’s Wholesale Club for healthy food shopping options for less at their Back to School Blogger event. It’s been forever since I’ve stepped foot into a wholesale club store. After Husband and I stopped performing at the renaissance festival, we cancelled our membership because we didn’t need to buy the restaurant size vats of condiments and such to feed our friends and fellow actors anymore. Learning to cook from scratch and the lack of ingredient type food for sale sealed the deal.

Many of you tell me you find fresh food and organic options for less at wholesale club stores. I figure this is the easiest way to check out if and how the offerings have changed since I last had a membership.

The prices are impressive.  

  

So is the selection of healthy ingredient type food and a few surprises like being able to buy individual greeting cards instead of buying them by the metric ton. Most of the food items at BJ's Wholesale Club are several large sizes packaged together which works better for my small family than packaging our favorite nitrate free hot dogs by the case like the store I belonged to.


  
I didn't expect such a large amount of organic and natural ingredient type food. I am equally impressed they define what they mean by “natural” since natural is not a regulated term like organic. In this case, BJ’s Wholesale Club’s definition of Natural is in line with my own.



After the store tour, we have to try three back to school sandwich recipes for lunch.  Rule breaker that I am, I created my own sandwich recipe (#4) with their official okey dokey.


 4 Sandwich Recipes

  
1. Banana Nut Sandwich Recipe
 Chiquita Banana slices
Smucker’s All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Berkley & Jensen Honey
Berkley & Jensen Raisin Medley
Wellsley Farms Sunflower Seeds
Earth’s Pride Organics Oatmeal Bread

2. Mediterranean Wrap Sandwich Recipe
Sabra Hummus
Athenos Feta Cheese
Berkley & Jensen Roasted Red Peppers
Berkley & Jensen Petite Peperoncini
Berkley & Jensen Manzanilla Olives
Fresh Parsley
Joseph’s Middle East Bakery Lavash Bread
  
3. Buffalo Chick n’ Cheese Sandwich Recipe
Wellsley Farms Buffalo Chicken Breast
Green Bay Cheese Pepper Jack
Frank’s RedHot Hot Sauce
Wholly Guacamole Classic Dip
Wellsley Farms Wheat Bread

4. Chicken Hummus Pepper Wrap Sandwich Recipe
Sabra Hummus
Athenos Feta Cheese
Berkley & Jensen Roasted Red Peppers
Wellsley Farms Buffalo Chicken Breast
Berkley & Jensen Manzanilla Olives
Fresh Parsley
Joseph’s Middle East Bakery Lavash Bread

 For more lunch box inspiration, take a gander at the delicious sandwiches in the video below!  



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Disclosure:
 BJ’s Warehouse invited me to a blogger event and store tour. I am not required to write about it. I posted it because the sandwiches were yummy, I was impressed by their prices and offerings, and want to share because we all have to eat lunch.