I admit to getting into lunch ruts with my kids as planning dinners seem to take the focus. So I looked around for lunch ideas and found this simple one from Weelicious — hummus pinwheels. So I bought the whole wheat lavash bread the recipe called for and what started as one new lunch idea, turned into three!
So here are three quick and healthy lunches you make with this bread, in 5 minutes or less.
1. Hummus Pinwheels
Take store-bought or homemade hummus and simply lay a thin layer on the bread and roll up tightly. Cut into small pieces (wheels). This is great for school lunch or as a snack
2. Crispy pizzas
This bread is awesome for quick little pizzas because it turns out crispy after just a few minutes in the toaster oven. I first brush them with olive oil mixed with garlic powder, top with favorite pizza sauce (see below), mozzarella cheese and any other toppings you want (leftover veggies are good). These are good for snack time too.
I usually make my own pizza sauce using this easy recipe:
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- ¾ cup water
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. sugar
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning mix
- In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together. If time permits, make earlier in the day or the night before so flavors can meld.
3. Turkey Pin Wheels
Big A had a fun time making these. She usually doesn’t eat turkey sandwiches “whole” but instead likes to eat the bread, cheese, and turkey separately. But after helping me make these — and cutting them into pinwheels — she ate every bite (or at least it seemed that way as her lunch came back empty).
We made our Turkey Pin Wheels super simple but you might prefer to dress yours up. This recipe calls for garden-style cream cheese, turkey, lettuce and shredded carrots. Put in whatever your child likes — roll them up and cut into little wheels.
Well, that’s it. Just some super simple lunch ideas that may not have occurred to you. Does anyone use the lavash bread from TJ’s?
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
For more quick and healthy family-friendly meal ideas checkout Maryann’s book The Family Dinner Solution
Those are GREAT ideas! We’re totally in a lunch rut here. I’ve never seen that kind of bread, I hope I can find it. I’ve never found a good bread for pinwheels (although I’ve not looked super hard).
Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD says
Hopefully you have TJ’s near you. I had the hummus pinwheels for lunch yesterday — so yummy. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Janet Nezon says
Maryann, those are great ideas! We’ve been making pinwheels like those for years. One suggestion I have is to use them as an opportunity to include some veggies and fruit. We always layer lettuce & grated carrots with our turkey roll-ups, and pair hummus with roasted or fresh red pepper strips. Not only does it add crunch & flavour, but they look really beautiful! Another favourite in our household is to make a peanut (or other nut or seed butter) roll up with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a banana inside – its a great snack! If you can’t find lavash, then whole wheat flour tortillas work just fine. Love your site!
Janet Nezon says
Just realized that you had mentioned about the veggies with the turkey -great! (next time I’ll finish my coffee before I start commenting 🙂 )