Back to School Sandwich: Lunch Box Sushi & Cookbook Giveaway

My three kids start back to school in a little over a week so I’ve been trying to get back into the groove. I try to be really creative when it comes to school lunch for two out of my three children who insist on taking their own lunch. This year, I have more than enough ideas since the release of my new cookbook,Β “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”. One of our favorite recipes from the “Lunchbox” chapter is this recipe for Lunch Box Sushi. It’s really easy, healthy, fresh and kids love it. Feel free to substitute cooked chicken for the shrimp. In honor of the popular demand for sandwiches and back to school, I am giving away one copy of my new sandwich cookbook.


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6. Winner will be selected Thursday August 11th.

This recipe is from my book β€œ400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” 2011 by Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission and photo credit by Colin Erricson.


Lunch Box Sushi

Prep Times:

30 minutes plus chill time


4 to 6 servings


1 teaspoon wasabi powder
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 cups cooked sushi short-grain rice, cooled
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 teaspoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
6 (10-inch) white or whole wheat tortillas
6 sheets nori
11/2 pounds cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped
1 cup chopped avocado
1 cup finely chopped cucumber
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce


1. In a small bowl, combine wasbabi and 1 teaspoon water. Add 2 tablespoons sauce and mixing well.

2. In a medium bowl, combine rie, wasabi mixture, green onions, mayonnaise and red pepper flakes.

3. Line each tortilla with nori. Arrange rice mixture equally in center of each wrap. Add shrimp, avocado and cucumber. Fold both ends over filling. Roll up and serve with soy sauce.

68 thoughts on “Back to School Sandwich: Lunch Box Sushi & Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. What a cool idea, Kaia loves sushi! Another one of her favorites is a whole wheat wrap filled with hummus, rasisins, chopped cucumber, shredded carrot and some sprouts.

  2. Hi,

    I happen to love many kinds of sandwiches..this time of the year my favorite is fresh home grown tomato sandwiches plain and simple..but a good BLT hits the spot too.. (or a BLTA)
    In winter I LOVE PB and banana with honey..grilled is good too..and grilled cheese…anything with cheese..I could go on and on…I love the sushi roll recipe you posted sounds great, and I know everyone here would Love them…

  3. My son’s favorite is peanut butter on both pieces of bread with banana in the middle. I need new ideas! Love getting your emails!

  4. What a neat idea for a sandwich – how creative! I’m always looking for new ideas to mix things up. Lately, my 9-year’s favorite sandwich is tuna, tapenade, and chopped celery – not the typical sandwich for a young kid, but he loves it.

  5. My kids are older now but when I was packing their lunch, they both loved old fashioned PB&J on wheat. I would use a heart or star cookie cutter and pack that in their lunch boxes. I missed those days!!

  6. My kids are grown, but I still love PB&J on white bread. Don’t have it very often since it isn’t that healthy. We also do some cuban sandwiches with the panini press that are awesome!

  7. My son loves PB sandwiches with no jelly. He and my daughter also love turkey pastrami on whole wheat. I love lunch ideas. I would love to get your book. I am now a fan on FB.

  8. I consider sandwiches to be my favorite food. By far. No, you ask, no specific type. If’s it’s a sandwich, I will devour and enjoy immensely.

    Your sushi sandwiches are adorable. And with sushi being my 2nd favorite food they also look delicious.

    My favorite sandwich is not complicated but worth savoring. It consists of turkey, lettuce, red onion, thinly sliced avocado on nice, thick bread. Ciabatta perhaps. A thin layer of some pesto aioli and that, ladies and gents is a sandwich.

  9. Oh my, these little sushi sandies are adorable! My kids’ favourite lunch would be peanut butter, but they aren’t allowed to take that to school. They do love it when I make quesadilla and send that in, though. That’s kind of a sandwich, right?

  10. My son’s too young to love sandwiches…he’s not yet on solids:) but we grownups swear by them as they can be eaten with one hand, standing up, which is how we usually eat these days, with a baby around:)
    We recently tried this Pan Bagnat Sandwich and I think it’s a nice refreshing idea, for ppl that are into tuna of course:)
    but by far my fave is: light layer of mayo infused with garlic, plenty of fresh dill, roasted red peppers and black olives!Yum.
    would love to win this book!

  11. My favorite sandwich is salami with either sharp cheddar or Monterey Jack on rye bread with mayo, mustard, sliced tomato, thinly sliced sweet onion, and sliced avocado. The kids prefer either turkey breast with American cheese or peanut butter and jelly on whole-grain white bread.

  12. My son likes ham and cheese with mayo and mustard on this 5 grain moist bread we get at Costco. I love the same bread but with honey and peanut butter…yumm-O!

  13. My favorite is a veggie wrap with lots of yummy veggies (whatever is in season) with avacado and hummus. My girls would have to be pb and honey. πŸ™‚

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