Pinwheel sandwiches for your child’s lunch

Sandwiches are always better as a pinwheel.  Photo: Mary P. Moran

LOS ANGELES, October 1, 2012Pinwheel sandwiches are a delicious option for your child’s lunch that incorporates fun and kid friendly foods. There is nothing more discouraging than a lunch box that comes home the same way it was packed. As parents we strive to feed our children meals they will enjoy and though some days we put more effort than others it doesn’t change the fact that new ideas for school lunches are difficult. As cute as cutting out individual ingredients for smiles, bows, etc. it’s not very practical.

Pinwheel sandwiches are a great option for children and parents who need a little more pizzazz to their weekly lunch routine. A pinwheel sandwich is generally made on lavosh (a flat bread) and uses the same ingredients regular sandwiches use. The benefits of a pinwheel sandwich over a traditional loaf bread sandwich is- the bread won’t get soggy or as soggy.  

Another great touch to add to the pinwheel sandwich is a cupcake pick like the delightful dancing skeletons from Michael’s Kraft Store that can be purchased on line or in stores.

These Skeleton Cupcake Picks will add a touch of Halloween to any pinwheel sandwich.  It will also surprise your child when he opens his lunch box and it’ll be a hit at the lunch table (for safety reasons cut the sharp tip from the pick before placing it into the sandwich). 

Pinwheel Sandwiches:

The Great Greek Pinwheel

Ingredients-

1 piece of lavash

1 iceberg lettuce leaf torn

1/2 tablespoon olive tapenade

1/2-tablespoon tomato tapenade

2-3 tablespoons cream cheese

3 slices turkey lunchmeat

Directions

Spread the lavash with cream cheese and the tapenades. Tear up the lettuce and push it into the cream cheese. Lay the turkey over the lettuce and roll the lavash to completely incorporate all of the ingredients. Place the cake picks into the seam side of the lavosh to prevent it from opening after it’s cut.

Slice the pinwheel in-between the cake picks and place into container for school.

Cheesy Chicken Pinwheel

Ingredients

½ Chicken breast cooked and shredded

¼ cup finely shredded Mexican cheese

2 tablespoons cream cheese

1 lavash

Directions

Spread the lavash with cream cheese and cheese. Microwave the bread for 30 seconds to lightly melt the cheese. Next add the shredded chicken all over the lavash and then roll it up. Place the cake picks into the seam side of the lavash to prevent it from opening after it’s cut. Slice the pinwheel in-between the cake picks and place into container for school.

Pizza Pinwheel

Ingredients

1 lavash

¼ mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons cream cheese

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

¼ cup cooked and crumbled turkey sausage or pepperoni

Directions

Spread the lavash with cream cheese and tomato sauce. Push the cheese and meat choice into the cream cheese and roll up the lavash. Place the cake picks into the seam side of the lavash to prevent it from opening after it’s cut. Slice the pinwheel in-between the cake picks and place into container for school.

Southwest Pinwheel

Ingredients

1 lavash

2 tablespoons cream cheese

2 tablespoons corn

2 tablespoons black beans

¼ cup Monterey Pepper Jack cheese (if your child doesn’t like spicy use regular Monterey Jack)

1 iceberg lettuce leaf

Directions

Spread the lavash with cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese of choice. Push the corn and black beans into the cream cheese. Next add the lettuce over the top and roll up the lavash. Place the cake picks into the seam side of the lavash to prevent it from opening after it’s cut. Slice the pinwheel in-between the cake picks and place into container for school.

Club Pinwheel

Ingredients

1 lavash

2 tablespoons cream cheese

1 iceberg lettuce leaf chopped

2 slices of lunchmeat turkey diced

1 slice of cooked bacon chopped

¼ tomato diced and deseeded

2 tablespoons ranch dressing

Directions

Spread the lavash with cream cheese and set aside. In a small (cereal bowl size) mix together the lettuce, turkey, bacon, tomato and ranch dressing. When everything is mixed together well spread the mixture over the cream cheese and lavash and push the mixture into the cream cheese and roll up the lavash. Place the cake picks into the seam side of the lavash to prevent it from opening after it’s cut. Slice the pinwheel in-between the cake picks and place into container for school.

Happy Cooking!

Chef Mary

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Mary Moran

Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica.  Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events.

In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others.    Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly.

Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients.  She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating.  Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger.

Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.

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