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Sandwich Cutouts

Sandwiches cut into shapes may seem a little childish, but you can't deny that they're fun to prepare. You can make these sandwiches with your kids for their lunchboxes. You can also make more elegantly-styled finger sandwiches for yourself or a get-together.

All you need are some fun cookie cutters in different shapes and sizes. Make your sandwich as usual, then cut out shapes using the cutter. You can even buy cutters made especially for sandwiches that minimize waste. Cookie cutters are fine, though. You might try shapes like stars, hearts or flowers. You could even buy letter cookie cutters and spell out your child's name or a cute message.

Just about any kind of sandwich will work for these. For a fancy touch, make "grown up" sandwiches, cut into small shapes and served as finger food.

Try some of these ideas for healthy sandwiches. Use multigrain or whole wheat bread for added nutrition.

  • Natural peanut butter topped with dried cherries or apricots
  • Tuna salad with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Sliced chicken with spinach
  • Grilled portabella with Gouda
  • Tomato, basil and mozzarella
  • Avocado, cucumber, tomato and low-fat mayo

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