By: Holley Grainger, MS, RD in partnership with Kraft
Who said school lunch (or an office lunch for that matter) has to be a bore? Sometimes all you need is a favorite recipe to jazz up the routine and these spicy Buffalo Turkey Pinwheels promise to be just the thing. Boasting a zesty buffalo sauce aioli with protein-rich turkey and crunchy carrots and celery sticks, this sandwich swap is easy to make and can be modified to turn up the heat when you want a bit more spice. Best of all, they’re versatile enough to pack for lunch but also double as a fun tailgate appetizer.
When lunchbox packing, aim for a variety of foods with a balance of colors, flavors, textures, food groups and nutrients. I’ve been packing lunches for my two girls for over 5 years and day after day am always trying to come up with new twist on old favorites. Take these pinwheels for example. You can cut the buffalo sauce and just use mayo for a creamy spread or use the recipe as written but swap the tortilla for pita, flat bread or sandwich bread. There are so many options without recreating the wheel because as busy parents we need as many fast, simple and delicious ideas as possible.
Pair the pinwheels with fresh berries, steamed green beans sprinkled with herbs, pistachios and chocolate pudding. For a quick flavor hack, sprinkle fleur de sel (or sea salt) and grated chocolate (or chocolate sprinkles) over the pudding—delicious!
Bring the kids in the kitchen and let them help you make their lunch. To make the creamy spread, just combine mayo and buffalo sauce and stir. I aim for a 3:1 ratio of mayo to buffalo sauce for some subtle heat but if you like more spice go for equal parts mayo to buffalo sauce. This aioli works double duty to lend flavor while acting as “glue” to help the pinwheel stay shut.
Spread the aioli evenly over the tortilla. Let your children use small spatulas or spreaders to complete this job.
Next layer the turkey and cheese on one-half of the tortilla. I like to tear the cheese in half to cover the entire half of the tortilla but you can also use 2 pieces if you like extra cheese.
Add carrot and celery sticks to one side of the tortilla and then roll as tight as possible. If you’re making the sandwich ahead, wrap the entire rolled tortilla in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
When you’re ready to pack in the lunchbox or eat, cut the ends off each side of the roll and slice into 6 rounds.
Buffalo Turkey Pinwheels
Makes 1 serving (approx. 6 pinwheels)
- 1 Tbsp Kraft Real Mayonnaise
- 1-2 Tsp buffalo sauce
- 1 10-inch whole-wheat tortilla
- 2oz Oscar Meyer Deli Turkey (about 5 slices)
- 1 slice Kraft American Cheese
- 2 carrot sticks
- 2 celery sticks
- Stir together mayonnaise and buffalo sauce until combined. Spread evenly onto 1 side
of 1 whole wheat tortillas.
- Layer the turkey and cheese on one half of the tortilla. Add carrot and celery sticks to
one side of the tortilla and then roll as tight as possible. Wrap in plastic wrap and
refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- When you’re ready to pack in the lunchbox or eat, cut the ends off each side of the roll
and slice into 6 rounds.