Making sandwiches is something that moms have been doing for their kids for years. Whether for easy school lunch hacks or lunch at home, moms are the defacto sandwich makers of the house. But that does not necessarily need to be the case. This is because it is possible for tweens to make their own sandwiches that are full of flavor and healthy to boot. And by taking on the responsibility to prepare their noontime meal, tweens are being taught to be more independent at the same time. This makes tweens more reliant on themselves versus not taking on the task of making their own sandwiches for lunch.

By making their own sandwiches, tweens are able to discover flavor profiles they may not have been privy to had their moms make their sandwiches instead. Taking on this responsibility allows tweens to do some research and experiment with recipes for sandwiches that may not have been discovered for years were they not given the opportunity to make one of their larger meals of the day.

And while some sandwich recipes may still require a bit of assistance from moms, the more practice that tweens have with making sandwiches, the more proficient they will become. So that in the not-so-distant future, they will not be needing any help with their sandwich-making skills at all.

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Here are some sandwiches tweens can make on their own for lunch.

10 Deli Meat Sandwich


One of the simplest sandwiches that tweens can make for themselves is the deli meat sandwich. This is because all it takes is some sliced meat, veggies, cheese, and condiments of choice, and voilà! Sandwich created.

9 Wrap

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A sandwich that may be easier to transport to school is the wrap. This is because it may not get as smashed as a traditional sandwich could while en route to school and then sitting among items in a locker.

The great thing about wrap sandwiches is that anything can be put in them. And with all the ingredients available to be tasted in every bite, the true flavor profile of the sandwich can be tasted from start to finish.

8 Panini

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For those tweens who enjoy a warm sandwich, and do not dislike cheese, a panini sandwich is a great option for lunch.

According to All Recipes, the basic panini will have ingredients that include:

  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Deli meat
  • Tomato

Once the sandwich is assembled, it is then put into a panini press where it is all melted together. And when it emerges, it is a delightful explosion of flavors for the taste buds.

7 Avocado Toast

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The wonderful thing about avocado toast is that it can be eaten for just about every meal. And the best part is that by adding different toppings to the avocado on the bread, a different type of open-faced sandwich can be had every time.

According to Kitchn, ways to make avocado toast a bit more of an exciting sandwich include adding:

  • Nuts
  • Bacon
  • Salsa and crushed tortilla chips
  • Tomato and basil
  • Corn salad and lime

There are so many flavor combinations that can be created with avocado toast. And with it being such a tween-friendly sandwich to make, they can create them all.

6 Club Sandwich

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A club sandwich includes just about all sandwich lovers' favorite ingredients in one bite. As such, it is no wonder that it is such a popular sandwich to make and eat.

For tweens who want to make a club sandwich, according to the Food Network, the ingredients they will need to include:

  • Bread
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Turkey

Other people also like to include cheese and ham in their sandwiches as well.

There is no wrong combination when it comes to making a club sandwich. This is why it reigns supreme as one of the best sandwiches of all time.

5 Veggie Sandwich

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Some tweens would prefer to leave the meat out of their sandwiches. Fortunately, veggie sandwiches can be delightful in their own right. And because the prep basically includes some chopping and stacking of veggies in the sandwich, it is very simple to make as well.

Depending on whether the veggies are raw or roasted will give a different flavor profile to the sandwich. As such, those tweens who tend to lean on the vegetarian side of things still have plenty of options to make sandwiches using just vegetables alone.

4 Bacon, Lettuce, And Tomato

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For the bacon-adoring tweens out there, a BLT is an easy sandwich they can prepare all on their own.

The heart of the BLT is the bacon. If tweens have made bacon on the cooktop before, this will be no problem for them to prepare it for their sandwich.

But, if tweens feel uncomfortable cooking the bacon, there are already cooked bacon options on the market that just call for the bacon to be heated up. And because most tweens are comfortable with a microwave, they can still construct their BLT with ease.

3 Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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A healthy sandwich that tweens can make themselves is a grilled chicken sandwich. This is because when many people make these sandwiches, they use leftover chicken. Meaning that the grill does not even need to be touched to make this culinary delight.

Instead, tweens can choose to have cold or warmed chicken and add in the ingredients they see fit. The end result will be delicious and there is no food waste as a result.

2 Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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On the list of popular comfort foods, the grilled cheese sandwich is near the top. This is because, with its gooey cheese and crispy bread, there really is not much better on a cooler day than one of these sandwiches.

Tweens can make these sandwiches the traditional way on a cooktop in a skillet by buttering bread and then adding cheese to make the sandwich nice and crispy. But, if still uncomfortable around an open flame, using the toaster oven to toast bread is a good option.

Cheese is then placed inside the toasted bread and that sandwich is then put in the microwave to melt the cheese. It may not be the exact way grilled cheese tastes, but it makes a good substitute for those tweens who want grilled cheese without using the grill.

1 Flatbread Sandwich

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Flatbread is a very specific type of bread that is used to make these sandwiches. According to The Spruce Eats, those slices of bread include:

  • Chepati
  • Focaccia
  • Frybread
  • Lavash
  • Matzah
  • Naan
  • Pita
  • Roti
  • Tortillas

With there being so many types of bread that can be used to create these sandwiches, tweens will not grow old of trying new textures and flavors together. Making the flatbread a great choice as a base for a sandwich.

Source: All Recipes, Kitchn, Food Network, The Spruce Eats