Recharging Robot Lunch

Serves 1. Prep time: 15 minutes.

4 slices pumpernickel bread
1/4 cup red pepper or plain hummus
1/4 avocado, chopped
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 cup plus one small slice of chopped red onion or bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro or shredded lettuce
1 radish, sliced
2 sunflower seeds
1 stalk celery
1 small zucchini, sliced into half-circles
1/4 cup carrots, sliced into rounds
2 green beans
4 cherry tomatoes


Cut two slices of bread into 3 1/2-by-3-inch rectangles, then cut two slices into 2-inch squares. Use the hummus to stick the veggies to the sandwich, spreading on one rectangle slice and one square slice. Toss the avocado, lime juice and chopped red onion or bell pepper in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the hummus. Sprinkle the cilantro or lettuce on top. Top each covered bread slice with the same size bread slice. Place the sandwiches on a plate with the small sandwich above the large sandwich.

For the robot’s head, place two radish slices on the smaller sandwich. Top each with a sunflower seed for the eyes. Use a small slice of onion or bell pepper for the mouth, placing it under the eyes.

Cut two celery sticks 3 inches long and put one on each side of the “body” (the sandwich) for arms. Put a zucchini slice at the end of each celery stick for the hands. Arrange carrot rounds on the body. Slice one green bean into thin rounds and place them on top of the carrot rounds.

Use wooden skewers for the legs. Stick a cherry tomato on each skewer. Cut two ½-inch-long pieces of celery and put a piece on each skewer. Put another cherry tomato on each skewer and add a zucchini slice at the end of each skewer for the feet. Stick the skewers into the bottom of the body into the hummus-avocado mixture.

Serving suggestion:
This fun, healthy sandwich contains a lot of the nutrients busy kids need. If they want an extra boost, though, pack in a bag of snap peas, some cheese cubes and/or grapes to round out their lunch!

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