Skip the sandwich, pack cucumber sushi for school lunch

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Recipe courtesy of Kylee Scales

Looking to replace the sandwich in your child’s lunch with an equally healthy and equally cheap meal? Look no further.

I present you with cucumber sushi! They’re easy to make and easy to customize. I recommend experimenting with different meats, cheeses, vegetables, and even sushi rice.

Cucumber sushi


  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 slices ham or lunch meat of choice
  • 1 string cheese, cut in fourths
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Red pepper, cut julienne style


  1. Cut off ends of cucumber. Slice in half.
  2. Hollow out center of cucumber using a melon baller. Leave about 1/2 inch of cucumber from the edges.
  3. Stuff cucumber with rolled-up ham, cheese, carrots, and peppers until center is filled.
  4. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
  5. Serve cold with hummus and soy sauce. Refrigerate leftovers.
Photo of cucumber sushi courtesy of Kylee Scales

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