Veggie Pinwheels are the perfect school lunch. Made with cream cheese & vegetable filling spread on tortillas, topped with cheese, just slice and serve!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Dairy Association North East.
School lunches can be the bane of my existence. My kids love a hot lunch and there are some mornings that I don’t feel like going through the production of heating up chicken nuggets or mac-and-cheese.
Thankfully, over the summer, we tried out some new lunch ideas. One of their favorites? Pinwheels! Pinwheels are so versatile and you can customize them to your kids’ liking. Plus, you can make a batch on Sunday to last throughout the week.
It’s important to me to pack fresh fruit and veggies into the boys’ lunches. Lunch is the perfect time for this. They, like their father, prefer raw vegetables over cooked. They love to snack on cucumbers and carrots so I thought I would use that to my advantage when creating these veggie pinwheels.
Another important thing to include in their lunch is dairy.
Research has shown that good nutrition and healthy habits positively affect a child’s academic performance, which makes a healthy and balanced lunch essential for a child’s success in school. While they could have milk to drink, I like to find other ways to incorporate dairy in my kids’ lunches.
One of the easier ways is with cheese and cream cheese! Cream cheese is the base of tortilla pinwheels. Whether you make a turkey, cheese, or veggie pinwheel, cream cheese is the glue that holds it altogether.
Another way I add dairy to their lunch is with cheese. My kids love cheese so this is an easy one to include in their lunches.
Adding cheese to your kids’ lunchboxes is a great way to get the calcium and protein they need to fuel growing bodies. Whether it is cubed in a bento box, shredded on a wrap or stacked on their favorite sandwich…any way you slice it, cheese helps fuel their school day!
How to Make Veggie Pinwheels
To make these veggie pinwheels, you will need your kids’ favorite diced veggies (we used cucumber, carrots, celery, and tomatoes), cream cheese, shredded cheese, and tortillas.
In a mixer, beat cream cheese and veggies until blended. If using soft vegetables, like tomatoes, fold them into the cream cheese mixture.
Spread a thin layer onto your tortillas. You don’t wan them too thick or they will be hard to roll.
Roll your tortilla up and slice! You can make these in bulk for the week.
If your kids like to dip, you can make a simple dill dip that gets even more dairy into their lunchbox. Combine dill with plain Greek yogurt and you have a simple dip!
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Veggie Pinwheels with Dill Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 8 inch tortilla
- 3 cups assorted vegetables, diced
- cheddar cheese
Greek Yogurt Dill Dip
- 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp dill weed
- Dice assorted vegetables.
- In a mixer, beat softened cream cheese and diced vegetables. If using soft vegetables, like tomatoes, fold them in separately.
- Spread a thin later of the cream mixture over tortillas.
- Roll tortillas. Slice into bite sized pieces.
Greek Yogurt Dill Dip
- Mix plain Greek Yogurt and dill before serving.
Looking for more ways to include dairy into your kids’ lunch? Check out these tips!