Dinner Hack: DIY Sandwich Platter

I hate weeknight sports practices. There. I said it. Hate (even though we have a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign in our front yard). Why? Because all of these practices, including rain dates and carpooling, are slowly driving me insane. I feel like I can’t get my head wrapped around where I am supposed to be and at what time (not to mention what gear I am supposed to have with me). And dinner? I’m lucky if it isn’t coming from the pleasant teenagers at the drive thru window. But I’m here to tell you that I have discovered a life saving mom hack for those busy weeknights when soccer and band practice are disrupting your family’s dinnertime routine: a DIY Sandwich Platter.

Yes, that’s right, a DIY Sandwich Platter has been saving my sanity since the first week of school. Why? Because it is such an easy way to feed my family as they are coming in and out of the house without me doing much work. Seriously, though. And if you add enough of the right Instagram filters to the photo of your sandwich platter you might even feel like a food blogger. No guarantees on that one, though.


How to Set Up a DIY Sandwich Platter

So how do you create this sanity saving DIY Sandwich Platter? Well, in simple terms, get your biggest platter and fill it with your family’s favorite sandwich fixings. But since I like to make meals a little bit more special (yes, I’m that crazy person who always sets a full table and has everyone use cloth napkins), I tend to include some extra special ingredients that I know my kids love but usually only splurge on when we are at a nice deli. My suggestions:



-Mutigrain bread

-Pita Pockets

-Pretzel rolls

-Whole wheat tortilla wraps

-French bread





-Rotisserie Chicken






-Romaine Lettuce





-Sliced Cucumbers

-Banana Peppers

-Sliced Apples

-Sliced Pears

-Sliced Bananas







-Goat Cheese





-Cherry Chutney





-Peanut Butter




-Apple Butter

Before putting your chosen ingredients on the platter, make sure that it fits in the fridge so that it can easily be taken out and put back in while your family eats in waves. After arranging everything on the platter, let everyone help themselves while you sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine, and try to figure out tomorrow’s practice schedule.


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Bon Appetite!
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