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Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Options: Turkey, Apple + Cheddar Panini Pops

September 22, 2010

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Recently I spoke with the founder of Panini Happy and I asked her if her children helped her with her panini creations. She said they were too young but loved when she made Panini Pops. I was blown away by the idea of a shaped sandwich on a lollipop stick so I plugged in the panini press and went to work.

Lunch Menu Day 8

As I note in the video, this is a great opportunity for you to have the kids try some foods (fruits and vegetables or a new protein) that may normally be rejected immediately. My kids did not even stop to ask what was in it as they were thrilled with the shapes and just wanted to bite into it.

That was followed by the question, “Can we make more?”


Turkey Melt Panini Pops

  • 2 Slices of Turkey Breast (No added Nitrates/Nitrites if available)
  • 1 Flatout Multi-Grain Flax FOLDit
  • 8 small slices of reduced fat Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 slices of Apple (your favorite Organic variety)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Lollipop Sticks (local craft stores)

Step One

While the Grill/Panini press is warming up, place the turkey onto one side of the FOLDit.  Top with 4 slices of the cheese, followed by apples slices and the remaining 4 slices of cheese. Fold the other half of the FOLDit on top. Place the sandwich onto the grill/press and toast until lightly browned.

Step Two

Remove and allow to cool slightly. Using the cookie cutters, cut out the shapes and then slowly insert the lollipop stick, leaving enough room for the kids to chomp into the top. Allow the sandwich to cool thoroughly so that the lollipop stick is well secured.

Green Monster Dip (Edamame-Guacamole)

  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 1/4 cup frozen Edamame beans, thawed
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Step One

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended and desired consistency. If a smoother texture is desire, add more lemon or lime juice and continue to pulse. Serve with Sea Salt Flatout Crisps.


We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • How do you get your child to try something new?
9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2010 6:31 pm

    Oh I love this! Awesome idea, and awesome video! 🙂

    Great job!

  2. September 24, 2010 8:47 am

    For some reason anytime I hear “panini” I’m all over that. The bonus here is your cuter than shoes helper. LOVE IT!

  3. September 24, 2010 12:08 pm

    awwww…lara, calling me cute. Me right? not the kids right?…..I am cuter you know. wink wink

  4. September 24, 2010 3:15 pm

    I ADORE this idea — I’m going to figure out how to do this (minus the panini press since I don’t have one).

  5. September 26, 2010 11:09 pm

    Yumm! We will have to try these as well!


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