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Must Try Lunchbox Idea: Cuban Sliders

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If you’re looking for a fun way to jazz up your kids’ school lunches, these Cuban sliders are sure to do the trick! Read on for our simple, yet tasty recipe!

11 year old boy holding his blue backpack in front yard

We’re starting our third week of school and I finally feel like I’m getting back in the swing of things. It’s just as hard for us mamas to get used to a new year as it is for the kids. Am I right? We leave behind our laid back summer vibe and are thrown into a hectic schedule once again. It always takes my family at least a couple weeks to get acclimated, but I feel like we’re about there. Our bodies are used to getting up earlier. We’re functioning well with a stricter schedule. In a nutshell, things are going well…except for one thing. We still have lunchbox woes. My son, in particular, is notoriously tough on lunches. And, frankly, his sister isn’t much better.

Yep, my picky eaters are hard. I’m forever trying to think of new ways to appeal to their palettes. If they don’t like what’s in their lunch boxes, they don’t eat enough. And we all know how hard it is to concentrate when we don’t have enough in our bellies. My kids are certainly aware of how blessed they are to have full lunch boxes, but they’re little yet. As much as they feel empathy for those who don’t have full pantries, they still struggle forcing food down that they aren’t interested in. 

King's Hawaiian original dinner rolls on wooden table

packed school lunchbox with Cuban sandwiches, carrots, chips and grapespacked school lunchbox with Cuban sliders, grapes, carrots and chips

Simple Cuban Sliders

And that’s why you’ll regularly find the hubs and I experimenting in the kitchen, pouring through Pinterest and crowdsourcing for new lunchbox ideas. In fact, we were brainstorming with my family the other day and mini sandwiches came up. My kids love mini anything. That’s probably why they’re obsessed with King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls. They’re the perfect size for tiny sandwiches. So, I decided to pick some up and try my hand at sliders. Cuban sliders to be exact. The sweetness of the rolls set the other Cuban sandwich ingredients off so well. I love a little sweet with my sour. Don’t you? The pickle really seals the deal here!

First, let me say that I am going to include a recipe for shredded pork below, but you can absolutely go the ready-made route with that ingredient. I just wanted to make that clear. Haha! But, if you’re like me, and you like to use up your dinner leftovers in lunches this next day, making your own might be the right choice for you! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls
  • ham lunchmeat – 2 slices
  • salami lunchmeat – 2 slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded pork
  • 2 slices white American cheese
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 of a thin pickle slice cut in 2 (so each sandwich gets 1/4 of a pickle slice)

Directions:

  1. Separate 2 King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls and spread a little mustard on two of them.
  2. Place one slice ham, one slice salami, one slice cheese and 1/4 pickle slice.
  3. Squirt a dollop of mustard on top.
  4. Top with the remaining dinner roll halves.
  5. Enjoy!
Yield: 2

Easy Cuban Sliders

Easy Cuban Sliders

These easy Cuban sliders are perfect for school lunches! These mini sandwiches travel well and are the perfect size for lunchboxes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls
  • ham lunchmeat – 2 slices
  • salami lunchmeat – 2 slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded pork
  • 2 slices white American cheese
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 of a thin pickle slice cut in 2

Instructions

  1. Separate 2 King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls and spread a little mustard on two of them.
  2. Place one slice ham, one slice salami, one slice cheese and 1/4 pickle slice.
  3. Squirt a dollop of mustard on top.
  4. Top with the remaining dinner roll halves.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 249 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 64mg Sodium: 870mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 19g

Crockpot Shredded Pork

Ingredients:

  • pork butt
  • large onion (1)
  • orange (1)
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Cut the onion and orange into wedges
  2. Salt and pepper roast and rub garlic onto the outside of it.
  3. Add all ingredients, including the water, to crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. When tender, shred with a fork.

Cuban slider lunch on a white plate

Like I said, this step isn’t necessary, but homemade shredded pork is officially delicious. You can serve it with yellow rice and black beans for dinner, then whip up these Cuban sliders for lunch! And as you can see, King’s Hawaiian are just perfect for sliders and I’m already imagining all the minis we’ll be whipping up for future lunchbox fillers! I bet you’ve got some pretty great ideas for them yourself. I can’t wait to hear all about your King’s Hawaiian lunchbox creations!

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