Cheese and Meatless

Lunches & Snacks

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Want to save money on menu planning this spring and summer but prefer nutritious choices? As the days become warmer and the temperatures rise, light lunches seem more appetizing than heavier and meatier entrees. Start planning your summer recipes now. Try these summer cheese ideas for healthy snacks and small meals.

Snack & Lunch Menu Suggestions

The weather is already warming up. Spring flowers are blooming. It’s a beautiful time to plan picnics and light lunches. Make a note of the following menu suggestions:

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  1. Bread and butter snack size pickle and cheese sandwich – My hubby likes this one. Ever tried it? You never know if you’ll like it or not until you try it.
  2. Cottage cheese and fruit snacks – Make your own version of mixed fruit and cottage cheese.
  3. Red seedless grapes, cheddar cheese slices, and crackers – Juicy, red grapes make kids want to eat fruit – even adult kids!
  4. Hummus and cream cheese spreads and pita chips – See how many recipes you can come up with for hummus. Make it Mexican style with a spicy flavor. Make it Mediterranean. Make it your style.
  5. Mayo and sliced cheese sandwiches – My mother-in-law always loved plain sliced cheese and mayonnaise sandwiches. Simple. Good.
  6. Dagwood sandwiches with cheese – My mother loved her Dagwood sandwiches – and her Sunday funny papers with Dagwood and Blondie. I can just picture her now, sitting in her chair, laughing. Oh, the memories! Stay tuned this month for this and other recipes for two (you can always adapt and make them for one or more than two).
  7. Broccoli, apple, and cheese salad – Broccoli spears and apples taste great together. Add cheese…oh my!
  8. Apples, sharp cheddar slices, celery, and peanut butter – Apples and peanut butter. Celery and peanut butter. Sharp cheddar cheese on the side. YUM!
  9. Peanut butter, carrot slices, celery sticks, and your favorite cheese slices – I’d always eaten celery sticks with peanut butter, but carrot slices dipped in peanut butter? Let me tell you, that can get addicting. And you can’t go wrong with your favorite kind of cheese slices along with the peanut butter and snacks.
  10. Dubliner (Kerrygold brand) sharp sweet cheese rye sandwiches – My newest weakness. 
  11. Carrot sticks, salsa, and cheese sticks – When I was on Weight Watchers years ago, I went on a road trip. Of course, I had to have my snacks. Carrot sticks and salsa. It worked. Thirty pounds came off in six months. Now? I still eat carrots with salsa – and string cheese, too.
  12. Caprese appetizers – I just love this Mediterranean cheese, herb, and veggie snack.
  13. Grilled cheese sandwiches – My featured photo. I’ve loved these sandwiches since early childhood days. Change up the flavor easily. Just add a different type of cheese. Add meat if you want. It’s easy to get creative with this one, and it’s SO easy! Butter both sides of each slice of the bread, cook one side on an electric griddle, put the cheese inside, slap on the top piece of bread, then turn it over and cook the other side of the bread. All done. Easy. 
  14. Tomato, avocado, celery, and Dubliner sharp cheese sandwich – This is the sandwich I had today. I didn’t want to eat meat today and was craving a veggie sandwich. Delicious!
  15. Pimento cheese sandwiches and fruit – We finally made it to one of the richest, tastiest lunch/snack suggestions listed here. I could easily eat a whole container full of this delightful food.

The snack and lunch ideas above are ones that I have tried and enjoyed. Some of these appetizer/lunch menu suggestions I grew up with, like #15. Pimento cheese sandwiches were one of my favorite childhood lunches. Serve it with any kind of fruit you like. You can also serve it with crackers instead of on a sandwich. 

Pimento cheese sandwiches were one of my favorite childhood lunches. Serve it with any kind of fruit you like. You can also serve it with crackers instead of on a sandwich.

Add this Pimento Cheese Sandwich recipe to your collection:

Pimento Cheese Spread

Try this Pimento Cheese Spread on sandwiches or a dip for crackers, chips, and veggies.


  • 1 Cup 2% Cottage Cheese
  • 1 2 oz. jar Minced Pimento
  • 1/2 Block Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mediterranean herb and spice mix Use your favorite herbs and spices, then mix together.


  1. Soften cream cheese.

  2. Mix cream cheese and cottage cheese.

  3. Blend in Mediterranean herb and spice mix.

  4. Blend in pimentos.

  5. Spread on pumpernickel or rye bread or crackers.

Recipe Notes

Mediterranean herb and spice mix suggestions:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Back in the day in Texas, I remember being able to go to the grocery store anytime and find a container of refrigerated pimento cheese. It’s not like that everywhere. Maybe we Texans are the ones that are crazy about it. So I came up with my own version of the pimento cheese I recalled. I hope you enjoy it.

Are you prepared for picnics? Keep food chilled in ice chests, and stock up on colorful snack containers and trays. Make it fun!

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