Delicious Rainbow Sandwiches – National Bread Week 2018

When I was wee, there was always one staple food {OK, being Irish there was more than one!} but the bread was always on the side of our plate during dinner. My Mum would always ask “Would you like a wee bit of bread & butter with your dinner?” – of course, I said yes every time and I have carried that delicious side order treat out ever since. 

However, now that I have children of my own I do try to make mealtimes a little healthier, and for my school-aged children, I try to make their school lunch boxes super fun & delicious too.

With the kids going back to school this week I am full of ideas to fill my children’s lunchboxes for them to enjoy.

National Bread Week 2018

It’s also National Bread Week next week – did you know? It’s an annual campaign that runs across Northern Ireland & Ireland during the month of September, organised by the FCBA {Flour Confectionery and Bakers Association} & the IBBA {Irish Bread Bakers Assiociation} in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Bakery Council. National Bread Week takes place this year between the 10th – 16th September.

Us Irish love our bread so this is quite an exciting campaign to be getting involved in. I love the convenience of bread. I don’t know about you but being able to whip up an insane selection of delicious sandwiches, being able to make toast {with beans – breakfast of champions}, or to make it into soldiers for those dippy egg mornings and so on is just fantastic. I always try to make bread a part of our daily food intake because it plays an important role in having a balanced diet. 

National Bread Week 2018

My children love their bread – there is no questioning that. However, getting vegetables into some of them can be a bit trickier. So I have decided to make some delicious rainbow sandwiches in a hope to make the vegetable side of the sandwich pretty & more appealing.

In fact, you can even get the kids to put them together for themselves, too. Who wouldn’t want to make a rainbow-esk sandwich?

National Bread Week 2018

This isn’t a quick sandwich to make, prepping everything to make a batch will take you between 30-40minutes. So bear that in mind. But they are worth it and also great for special tea parties with the kids, birthday parties and even picnics. 

What you’ll need: 

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 generous handfuls of spinach
  • 100g of frozen peas
  • 2 cooked beetroots
  • 150g cream cheese
  • 4 slices of wholemeal bread

National Bread Week 2018

The ‘How to’ part:

  • First things first. You need to prep your vegetables. So, peel the carrots and either place into a pan & bring to the boil {under tender} or a steamer – the choice is yours. Add the peas & spinach, too {these will only take a few minutes to soften}.
  • Drain all of your vegetables and allow them all to cool. 
  • Now it’s time to create those three deliciously colourful spreads. Blend one-third of your soft cheese with the carrots to make the orange spread. Do the same with the spinach & peas to make the green spread & finally make the red spread with your cooked beetroot.
  • Place each spread into a container and place into the fridge to chill
  • Once the spreads are firm, get three slices of bread and add each coloured spread to each slice. Place the slices on top of each other {with the spread facing up} and then add the plain 4th slice of bread on top. Voila, you have your sandwich! 
  • Cut your sandwich into quarters or triangles, which are perfect for little hands. Although let’s be honest – triangle sandwiches taste way better than square ones, am I right? 

If you like to make things in bulk {something I have never done, but I’m trying!} – you can store these spreads in the fridge {for a few days} or in your freezer, for up to a month. 

National Bread Week 2018

Bread is such a versatile & convenient choice of food, whether it be a part of your breakfast, lunch or dinner – you cannot deny it’s deliciousness & nutritious benefits. There are going to be events taking place in bakeries & stores all over Northern Ireland & Ireland during National Bread Week. They will be offering taste tests and promotions as well as local community events with the opportunity to meet the people responsible for Ireland’s bread. 

Will you be getting involved in National Bread Week? If so, I’d love to know how! Or maybe you have a delicious Bread Recipe you’d like to share! Leave me a comment below – you can also use the hashtag #BreadLover on social media to find out more!

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8 Comments

  1. Hannah
    10/09/2018 / 4:24 PM

    It looks nice and colorful. I didnt know it was national bread week

  2. 10/09/2018 / 4:53 PM

    I do love rainbow sandwiches big time and though didn’t know it was national bread week, i have been munching it big time

  3. 10/09/2018 / 5:53 PM

    There’s a national bread week? As if I needed more of an excuse to tuck into even more sourdough! I love the rainbow sandwiches, such a lovely way of making the lunch box a little more vibrant!
    C x

  4. 10/09/2018 / 10:17 PM

    Oh these look so pretty, which makes them look even more delicious! We too love our bread in this house!

  5. 11/09/2018 / 8:41 AM

    Oh I love the idea of spinach in the sandwich, I didn’t actually know it was national bread week x

  6. 11/09/2018 / 10:52 AM

    Mmmmm what a tasty way of getting goodness into children. They look really inviting and it’s great to have a healthy alternative to bad snacks

  7. 11/09/2018 / 11:32 AM

    Wow! I am going to make these with my son, what a great way to get more veg in

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