Magic Turkey & Cheese Sandwich {Stay at Home Foodie}

Are you ready for another great blogger? I first met Deena from {Stay at Home Foodie} at Camp Blogaway back in May. We were eating lunch at the same table and chatting about our kids. She was very passionate about getting kids involved in the kitchen, and I knew instantly she would be perfect for this series! Be sure to check out her blog for more great ideas on how to get your kids active in the kitchen!


I am so excited to be guest posting for Shawn here at I Wash … You Dry. She amazes me. 4 kids and she cooks!


I can barely handle my two little girls without going crazy at least once a day. But Shawn remains every happy, chipper and lovely.

When we met a little bit ago at Camp Blogaway I was in the throws of figuring out a new focus for my blog – I’ve taken a pledge to get my kids in the kitchen and teach them to love (and cook) good food. And when she asked if I would be interested in guest blogging about lunch ideas, I jumped at the chance.


For kids.

Totally up my alley.

Except. Kinda not.

You see, my kids don’t love lunch. They are quite particular when it comes to school lunches (I pack them each a lunch each and every day) and they REQUIRE much more variety than I can handle.

And they both HATE sandwiches. Which is a huge bummer because sandwiches are a breeze to make at 6:30 in the morning. I LOVE making them sandwiches.

You see the problem?

But, after 3 years of Zoe (my oldest, she’s 7 and will be starting the 2nd grade in August) picking out the meat of a sandwich or complaining that she can’t have peanut butter and jelly because so-and-so is allergic and that means they can’t play together…blah blah blah … I’ve cracked the code.


With one SIMPLE, EASY {albeit ridiculous} change, Zoe and Sabrina now welcome sandwiches for lunch.

Want to know the secret …

A heart shaped cookie cutter.


a heart shaped sandwich changes everything


I kid you not.

Turkey with Cheese…. Zoe wouldn’t eat it.

Turkey with Cheese with a heart cut out (and reinserted) … GONE!

Same with PB&J, Grilled Cheese and Salami.

That little heart cookie cutter has been my life saver this past school year.

And the joke is that I just put the heart shape back into the sandwich … I don’t cut off the crust or discard the non-heart. I leave the whole thing in her lunch and SHE EATS IT!!


The Heart Shaped Cut Outs Make All The Difference


It totally baffles me. I don’t even have to change up the shape. Just a heart works great. I think it’s because I have two very girly girls who love to be loved. When I sent a banana message to Zoe for Valentine’s Day she went crazy, and they both love the post-its I send every so often.

So maybe it’s just a secret code that I love them.

Whatever the reason, I will be buying a few more cookie cutters this summer in preparation for school, and I’ll be sending more sandwiches in their lunch boxes. And I’ll be sure to tune into the rest of Shawn’s Guest Post series about kid-friendly lunches. I can use all of the help I can get!


Magic Turkey & Cheese Sandwich

Kid friendly lunch ideas!

  • Author: Deena
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 pieces of bread (I like whole grain)
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • 4 slices of Honey Cured Turkey – thin sliced
  • 1 cookie cutter (of your choosing)


  1. Assemble sandwich as desired, being careful to make an even sandwich.
  2. Punch the cookie cutter into the middle of the sandwich – you can position the cookie cutter for 2 or 3 punches if necessary.
  3. REPLACE the punched sandwich shapes back into the sandwich.
  4. Serve with a smile!

Keywords: turkey, cheese, bread, mayo

  • Assemble Ingredients
  • Assemble Sandwich
  • Punch Shape

I wanted to end with another huge thank you to Shawn for asking me to participate in this fun series. I hope I’ve helped her {and you} out with a lunch idea for the summer.

For more tips and tricks on how to get kids interested in real food, finding ways to get kids in the kitchen, and real life family friendly recipes, check out what I’m up to at:


About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
3 Responses
  1. Deena, I LOVE IT!!! I don’t have any kids, but this sure got me wanting a turkey / cheese sandwich! 😉 I’ll definitely use this when the nieces and nephews come to visit!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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