Veggie Pinwheels: Perfect for School Lunches

Veggie Pinwheels: Perfect for School Lunches

With the new school year upon us, you may be scrambling for healthy, easy lunch ideas for the kids (or maybe yourself). Try these colorful pinwheels packed with protein and veggies.

Veggie Pinwheels

4 large tortillas (we like using spinach or sun-dried tomato tortillas)

2/3 c. whipped cream cheese (save calories & fat by using a reduced fat version)

1 Tbsp. dry ranch powder

½ c. sliced red bell peppers

½ c. sliced yellow bell peppers

½ c. sliced carrots strips

½ c. shredded purple cabbage

½ c. baby spinach leaves

1 c. shredded cooked chicken (save time by using a rotisserie chicken!)

Directions

Stir cream cheese and ranch powder until combined. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over tortillas leaving an inch border all the way around. Place the vegetables in equal rows across the tortillas. Add chicken. Snugly roll each tortilla and cut crosswise into pinwheels.

Makes (4) servings. Make this meal complete by adding a side of fresh fruit and cup of low-fat milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 

304 calories, 17 grams fat, 13 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrates

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Jessica Meek, MS, RD, LD

Jessica Meek, MS, RD, LD, developed a passion for nutrition during her teenage years and strongly believes in the healing power food. After completing her undergraduate and master degree program at Ohio University, she became a registered dietitian in 2006. She has been practicing professionally for over 10 years in the tristate area. She uses her knowledge of nutrition to empower individuals living with diabetes to make positive lifestyle changes and lead healthier lives. Jessica is a dietitian with the Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center.